How High’s the Water, Mama? A Reflection on Water Resource Education in Singapore, pp. 7 of 33

Water Resource Education Trends in the Secondary Curriculum

The new Lower Secondary Geography Syllabuses for Express and Normal Academic (NA) Courses were implemented at Secondary One from 2014 (MOE, 2014). The previous syllabuses followed a systematic structure revolving around five themes. They were implemented at Secondary One in 2006, with a review of the syllabuses which started at the end of 2010. This review process is vital in ensuring a quality curriculum that achieves its intended teaching and learning goals. The new syllabuses are structured using an issue-based framework around two major themes, namely ‘Environment and Resources’ for Secondary One and ‘Urban Living’ for Secondary Two.

Based on the theme of “Environment and Resources”, one of the issues that Secondary One students examine is Water Shortage, on both the local and global scale. Organisational framework aside, the key content and concepts in the 2006 and 2014 syllabuses remain largely similar. In the first theme on ‘Environment and Resources’, students are introduced to the biophysical environment that supports life on Earth. Students learn how natural resources are exploited and managed. More importantly, they examine how these resources can be used in a sustainable manner, as in the case of water issues in Singapore.

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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