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This presentation was made at a plenary symposium with Mona Holmqvist (Sweden). Kiyomi Akita (Japan) was the discussant.

This presentation was made at a plenary symposium with Mona Holmqvist (Sweden). Kiyomi Akita (Japan) was the discussant.

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World Association of Lesson Studies International Conference 2012 World Association of Lesson Studies International Conference 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Breaking New Groundin Early Childhood SettingsSingaporeYeap Ban HarMarshall Cavendish Institutebanhar.yeap@pathlight.org.sgwww.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Current Situation & New Developments Breaking New Ground Reaching New HeightsSlides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Current Situation “… we also need to improve the quality of our preschool education …” Lee Hsien Loong 2012 Great variation in types of kindergartens. Teachers are not accustomed to planning lessons to prompt children to discover the world through experimentation and observation.Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Current Situation “… The government provides financial support to make preschool affordable. And we also provide support to the anchor operators to raise their standards. We have been doing this for several years, we are making progress but I think it is not enough and we have to do more.…” Lee Hsien Loong 2012Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • New Developments  a new statutory board to oversee preschool education  provide and upgrade preschool teacher training to raise standards  new anchor operators in addition to PCF and NTUCSlides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • New Developments  upgrade the anchor operators  improve the careers which they can offer the teachers  offer structured development opportunities for the staff  introduce creative learning methods for the studentsSlides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  •  pilot a few government run pre-school centres to test new concepts in kindergarten education  more support to lower and middle income families so that it stays affordable “But we will not nationalize the pre-school sector.” Lee Hsien Loong 2012Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • “MOE seeks to guide pre-schools in designing and implementing a high-quality early childhood programme that is based on strengthening the relationship between learning and play.” Indranee Rajah 2012Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Question 1 Why did you adopt lesson study in your work with preschool teachers? To what extent has lesson study helped you to achieve your objectives?Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Teachers often have an ‘implementation mindset’ – hence the often cited challenge of lacking in time to do lesson study. Need to shift to ‘diagnostic mindset’ and ‘design mindset’ Breaking New Grounds We managed to start lesson study in kindergartens in 2009Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Reaching New HeightsWe need to build a teaching force thatis rich in ‘professional capital’Enablers Structural Factors  Professional learning as part of teachers’ work Teacher Selection Teacher Education Professional Development
  • “MOE seeks to guide pre-schools in designing and implementing a high-quality early childhood programme that is based on strengthening the relationship between learning and play.” Indranee Rajah 2012Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Teaching is a complex activity, requiringgeneralists to receive specialist training.Need to shift from learning isolatedpedagogical skills in workshop-styletraining to holistic approach throughauthentic settingsBreaking New GroundsLesson study was found to beable to help teachers acquirecontent knowledge, pedagogicalknowledge, and pedagogicalcontent knowledge.
  • Reaching New HeightsWe need to build a learningenvironment that is consistent with howchildren learn well.Framework for ProfessionalDevelopment Teachers as Learners Teachers as Observers of Learning Teachers as Reflective Practitioners Teachers as Researchers and Curriculum Leaders
  • Teachers need to be good observers so that they are able to assess children accurately through observations and interactions, and not using paper-and-pencil tests. They need to be competent in doing holistic assessment. Lesson study sharpens Teachers’ eyes to see students.Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Reaching New HeightsWe need to help teachers ‘see’ better,collect richer and more nuancedobservations, and have richer discourseduring and beyond lesson study.EnablersTools and routines such as See Think Wonder
  • Question 2 What is unique about lesson study in early childhood setting? What modifications were required to address issues in early childhood settings?Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Research Theme How do we enhance the teaching of language skills and creativity? PCF Kindergarten Geylang Serai Blk 15 For preschool setting, research themes should be more child-centric rather than domain-centric.Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Instructional Leadership Kindergartens in Singapore are small and do not enjoy economies of scale that schools enjoy. The principal’s role is critical and multiple.Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  • Breaking New Groundin Early Childhood SettingsSingaporeYeap Ban HarMarshall Cavendish Institutebanhar.yeap@pathlight.org.sgwww.banhar.blogspot.com