How High’s the Water, Mama? A Reflection on Water Resource Education in Singapore, pp. 14 of 33

General Structure of the Geography Programme at NIE

The Geography Programme at NIE seeks to provide a broadly-based geographic education that will enable future teachers at all levels (primary, secondary, A-level) to competently address the broad range of 21st century competencies, as defined by the MOE, and to successfully deliver an in-depth geographic education to Singaporean students. As such, in the area of content, our BA students are required to take four courses at the 100 level (introductory physical, human, and geographic techniques courses as well as a course that specifically focuses on Singapore), six courses at the 200 level (second year, two in physical geography, two in human geography, and two geographical techniques classes), three courses at the 300 level (third year, with at least one in each of physical and human geography), and three courses at the 400 level (fourth year, including a final year project, geographies of sustainability, and a geographic thought class). In addition to the content courses, the students must take at least 30 credits (approximately 10, 3-credit courses) in teaching techniques and pedagogy, as well as an introductory 5-week in-school observation and two in-school practicums (a 5-week and a 10-week experience).

AAG401 Geographical Methods and Fieldwork is a capstone course required of all BA students and gives them experience in developing a research proposal, conducting fieldwork to collect the data, and submitting a minimum 10,000 word final report. It is quite analogous to the senior thesis exercises in North America, with the exception that the fieldwork must be conducted overseas. The course has been held in numerous locations, including India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, and the U.S.

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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