RE-DESIGNING LOWER SECONDARY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT… A MODULAR APPROACH @ BEATTY

RE-DESIGNING LOWER SECONDARY DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT… A MODULAR APPROACH @ BEATTY

In line with the move towards "Teach Less, Learn More" (TLLM), Beatty Secondary School shares her experience on how the Lower Secondary Design & Technology (D&T) and Technical Studies curriculum and modes of assessment were re-designed. It explores the notion of ‘Less’ is ‘More’ and also ‘Assessment for learning’ vs ‘Assessment of learning"’. Often, too much focus has been given on how much (i.e. quantity) students learn instead of how well (i.e. quality) they learn. There is also a tendency to ‘teach to the test’. This inevitably leads to an over-emphasis on assessment and students’ myopic focus on learning.

To address this, Beatty Secondary Design & Technology Department has re-designed its curriculum by adopting a modular approach to create more ‘white space’ to embrace a more holistic approach in learning. She has also adopted an alternative mode of assessment which enables teaching and learning to take place beyond classroom walls. It entails research, social interaction, presentation, evaluation of skills, etc. which are essential for lifelong learning. It also provides timely feedback for more effective teaching and learning. Students eventually become confident learners and take ownership of their learning.

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