Parents. The often forgotten missing
link in the equation for a student’s
successful learning journey.
children Parents are major influencers of
Teachers know the
importance of IL, but no
chance for individual
coaching. The parents
do not realise its
importance, and lack
the skills to do so, but
has the means to guide
Mismatch in guidance time and competency level to teach information
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TIME for one-to-
NO TIME for
Beware of the Tiger Mummy
Carried to the extreme, many parents rob
their children of the opportunity to become
Defining the Role of Parents as Advocates of
Parent as Helper-Guide
Term borrowed from Eisenberg & Berkowitz from
• Provide assistance and advice when
•Not to lead or partner the child
•Give the child space to develop his own
•Ask questions to help the child arrive at
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Unique Selling Point.
•Greater concern and awareness of weak
judgment and over-reliance on the Internet
•Change in emphasis on academic
excellence based on memorization to
critical thinking skills – fostered by project
Implementing the Parents Information Literacy Programme
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Ace Your Project Work! A
Parent’s Guide to Helping
Your Child Excel at School
•Coverage based on Big6, with emphasis
on evaluation techniques that is in-line with
S.U.R.E. campaign messaging.
•Emphasis on role of parents at every step
•E.g. Task definition stage: suggest
parent to ask the child to explain
assignment in his own words;
•E.g. Plan search strategies: suggest
parent to explain each source’s
relevancy and accompany the child
to the library to consult with librarian.
Ace Your Project Work!
Besides the Big6 and specific actions that
parents can take at each step, we also
•Commonly-used databases for local
history projects such as Infopedia,
NewspaperSG, Ebooks, A2O.
•Better search techniques with Boolean
•Evaluating information using S.U.R.E. and
•How to be responsible information users
with citation techniques
•Cyber wellness and what to do when
children are bullied on cyber space
Ace Your Project Work!
As a companion to the Parents’ Handbook,
the Children’s Workbook covers similar
structure but with activities that get children
•DDC, using library catalogue
•Fiction, non-fiction, articles, books,
•Simple Boolean commands
•S.U.R.E. and AACCO on evaluating
•How to cite
•Parents Support Groups in schools
•In-house workshops & parenting talks
•Partner Self-Help groups
programmes for parents.
•Lack of support from schools
•Parents want to leave the education to
Towards a sustainable business
•Parents’ Handbook and Children’s
Workbook to be made available on
our portal for downloads to encourage
•E-learning modules made free to
encourage learning at own pace
•Provide face-to-face workshops only
when schools can commit audience of
a viable size