Using Investigation and Discussion to Inquire about Issues in Primary Social Studies, pp. 8 of 15

The teacher will elicit students’ prior knowledge of foreign workers and teach the concept of foreign workers before making a distinction between the skilled foreign workers (also known as foreign talents) and the semi-skilled or unskilled ones. Examples for the two categories are provided by showing pictures. The teacher will also explain the concept of development. Next, students will work in groups of five to find out the contributions of foreign workers in five different sectors (healthcare, education, finance, construction and domestic) to Singapore’s development. Each group will be given a stack of five information cards and each member will read his information card and share with his group. They will create a group mind-map at the end of the sharing. The teacher will then call upon the groups to share before summarizing the lesson and leading them to understand that both skilled and semi/unskilled workers contribute to Singapore’s economy in their own ways. The teacher will end the lesson by instructing students to show their appreciation to the foreign workers by writing an entry in their reflection journals. They will also reflect on how they can further improve their teamwork.

In Lesson 2 on the benefits, the teacher will first recap with the class what they have learnt in lesson 1 before setting the stage for inquiry by showing them a video entitled, “On the Red Dot 13 Singapore Foreign Workers”. It is about Singaporeans’ views on whether the country needs to hire more foreign workers. The teacher will show the lesson objectives on slides which are: At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the benefits of hiring more foreign workers in Singapore; and
  • gather and analyse information from the sources provided.

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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