Applied Learning Programme (ALP): A Possible Enactment of Achieving Authentic Learning in Singapore Schools

Applied Learning Programme (ALP): A Possible Enactment of Achieving Authentic Learning in Singapore Schools

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Applied Learning Programme (ALP): A Possible Enactment of Achieving Authentic Learning in Singapore Schools

As a response to global challenges and the need to equip its citizens with 21st century competencies, the Ministry of Education (Singapore) (MOE) announced two key programmes to enable the acquisition of these key attributes. One of them, Applied Learning Programme (ALP), serves to enable authentic learning achievement by introducing ‘,real world’, skills to the students in Singapore schools. Having been informed by theories that surround the notion of authentic assessment and authentic learning, this paper attempts to apply these theories to the discussion on ALP, using the concept known as Work-integrated Learning (WIL) as a possible ALP reference point. Implications of its enactment, including the intractability of assessing values and desirable attributes and its impact on the traditional role of the teacher are also discussed in this paper. While the author agrees that ALP holds promise in achieving authentic achievements as a long term and sustainable form of learning that can positively influence student learning, equip students with 21st century competencies and ensure positive future outcomes, there is a need for greater scholarship discourse in the area of authentic assessment and authentic achievement and their roles in the enactment of ALP.Keywords: authtentic learning, authentic assessment, Applied Learning Programme, Work-integrated Learning, ALP, WIL

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