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Korean Stories For Language LearnersKorean Stories For Language Learners by Damron, Julie; Eunsun You

The most enjoyable way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its stories; especially when they're told in two languages! Korean Stories for Language Learners introduces 42 traditional Korean folktales through bilingual Korean and English texts presented on facing pages. This elegantly illustrated volume is designed to help language learners expand their vocabulary and to develop a basic familiarity with Korean culture. Accompanied by detailed cultural notes, vocabulary lists, and grammar points, the stories gradually increase in length and complexity as readers improve their understanding of the language.

Maths Reference BookMaths Reference Book by Faber, Helmy

The Maths Reference Book is meant for: Students who have dyscalculia; Students who have maths difficulties; Dyslexics who have maths difficulties; Slow learners; Students who fail maths in the lower primary; Teens/adults who have dyscalculia/severe maths difficulties. The book is suitable to be used in combination with Educational Therapy, it will help students on their journey to learn and enjoy Mathematics. It contains most topics of the Maths curriculum in Primary Schools and International Schools in Singapore such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, place value, algebra etc. More than twenty topics are included and examples can be followed in small structured steps and through visual representations that convey math concepts. It will help students to become more independent and gain more confidence in Mathematics. Through Educational Therapy and use of the Maths Reference Book the students will experience less Maths anxiety and produce better results. It will also provide them with an opportunity to experience success and maintain a positive attitude towards Mathematics.

Dyscalculia - A Mathematics Disorder - And Math Difficulties In SingaporeDyscalculia - A Mathematics Disorder - And Math Difficulties In Singapore by Faber, Helmy

This book provides information about Dyscalculia, a learning disorder in Mathematics. According to research studies, 3-8% of the population may struggle with this. Dyscalculia may also include difficulties related to telling time, directions and managing money. If undiagnosed, students may also develop anxiety issues, which may affect their social life or even lead to depression. The book covers the characteristics abd causes of Dyscalculia, criteria for diagnosis and consequences for adult life. Students and their parents who have contributed their stories, share their experiences in an open and candid way. The book inlcudes tips for the parents and teachers and also focuses on early intervention and early numeracy skills. Lastly, research studies from NIE/NTU as well as international studies related to Dyscalculia and math difficulties will be highlighted. Early math intervention in the form of educational therpay and an extensive support network as described in the book, are crucial for these students in order to cope with their challenges.

Painting And Drawing In Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 To 8Painting And Drawing In Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 To 8 by Wildgruber, Thomas

Painting and drawing are key artistic expressions which play an important role in children's physical, emotional and spiritual development. This comprehensive teachers' manual provides a complete artistic curriculum for Classes One to Eight in Steiner-Waldorf schools (age six to fourteen). At each stage, the book demonstrates the skills that teachers can help children to develop. There are 280 practical exercises for teachers to use, and over 800 drawings and paintings as inspiring examples of artistic possibilities. The curriculum moves from free drawing, to guided colour exercises, to precise perspective drawing. The exercises draw on elements of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum at appropriate ages, incorporating themes from fables and legends, the Old Testament, Norse mythology, animals, Ancient Greece and botany. Throughout, the author draws on art theory and shows that art is truly a universal language. The book is also suitable for adult self-study.

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated ApproachArts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach by Martin, Michael (Ed.)

Arts and crafts are a core part of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum, helping children to develop emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually, as well as learning practical skills. This comprehensive book addresses every aspect of arts and crafts, including woodwork, forestry, metalwork, stone carving, clay modelling, pottery and much more. Written by experienced Waldorf craft teachers, this comprehensive book is an invaluable tool and resource for Middle and Upper School (Classes 5 to 13).

Painting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf SchoolsPainting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf Schools by Bruin, Dick; Attie Lichthart

Watercolour painting is a key part of the Waldorf curriculum, and is important in the healthy development of a child. This lovely book is a thorough overview of watercolor painting in the Waldorf curriculum, up to Class 12 (age 18). It includes practical advice for teachers and clear exercises. It discusses Goethe's theory of colour as well as how to paint with different ages and grades.

Tradition And Islamic Learning: Singapore Students In The Al-Azhar UniversityTradition And Islamic Learning: Singapore Students In The Al-Azhar University by Norshahril Saat

The Al-Azhar University remains the top destination for Southeast Asian students pursuing an Islamic studies degree. The university, built in the last millennium, has been able to withstand competition from modern universities across the globe and continues to produce influential Islamic studies graduates. What are the motivations of students pursuing a degree at Al-Azhar? What are the challenges they face? Are they certain of their future and career opportunities upon their return to Singapore? This book combines both qualitative and quantitative analysis of former and current students at the Al-Azhar University. It not only hopes to develop more critical analysis of returning Al-Azhar graduates but also attempts to understand the deeper connections between Muslims in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, and the Middle East.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To OvercomeTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome by Wan Chang-Da & Benedict Weerasena

EduCity, built as an integrated learning hub, is a constituent part of Malaysia's general programme to enhance its reputation as a regional centre for higher education. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, its proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur provides it with a large population of potential students, although attracting academic staff to work there remains a challenge. Other challenges that EduCity faces revolve around the provision of facilities and support services, coordination of courses on offer, and coordination between the entity that runs the site and the universities.

Tests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To KnowTests And Exams In Singapore Schools: What School Leaders, Teachers And Parents Need To Know by Soh Kaycheng

Assessment, mainly in the form of tests and examinations, plays a critical role in the schooling of Singaporean students. This book is written with school leaders, teachers, and parents in mind, with the view of helping them to better understand the processes and products of assessment via tests and exams. It is written in simple terms, using minimal technical terms, and introduces school leaders, teachers, and parents to essential concepts and principles of educational measurements which are relevant in the school context in Singapore.

Speaking Of UniversitiesSpeaking Of Universities by Collini, Stefan

In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subjects to nearly 2.5 million students. New technology offers new ways of learning and teaching. Globalization forces institutions to consider a new economic horizon. At the same time governments have systematically imposed new procedures regulating funding, governance, and assessment. Universities are being forced to behave more like business enterprises in a commercial marketplace than centres of learning. Historian and critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does 'marketization' threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of 'accountability' distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? Responding to recent policies and their underlying ideology, the book is a call to 'focus on what is actually happening and the clichés behind which it hides; an incitement to think again, think more clearly, and then to press for something better'.

Education And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And ChallengesEducation And Globalization In Southeast Asia: Issues And Challenges by Lee Hock Guan (Ed.)

Prior to the era of globalization, education in Southeast Asia was viewed in the context of the national state and it was deployed in the service of state and nation-building and national economic development. States monopolized education, and public-funded centralized education systems were established to teach literacy, transmit national cultures and promote social cohesion, and to produce literate workers. Globalization forces, however, dramatically impacted in varying ways and degrees the national education systems across the region. As states begun to see their citizens as resources to enhance the countries' competitiveness in the global market, it, among other things, led to the increasing demand for highly skilled and qualified human capital. The accompanying neoliberal ideology led to varying degrees of decentralization, privatization and internationalization of education, especially of higher education, in Southeast Asia.

Empowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching QualityEmpowered Educators In Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality by Goodwin, A. Lin ; Low Ee-Ling & L. Darling-Hammond

Empowered Educators in Singapore is one volume in a series that explores how high-performing educational systems from around the world achieve strong results. This book delves into the country's rapid rise to educational excellence on a global scale and the national effort that drives it. Singaporean students routinely outperform their peers from around the world, placing first or second in international assessments, particularly in math and science. This book describes the interwoven strategies that merge context, quality, governance, and continual evolution into a consistently high-achieving student population.

Private Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And ChallengesPrivate Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And Challenges by Sam Choon-Yin

Not much has been written about the private education sector in Singapore despite the fact that the sector houses about 300 private education institutions (PEIs) and enrolls about 150,000 students. In this book, the author offers an extensive discussion on (i) the key elements of the sector - types and features of the PEIs, (ii) the regulatory framework for private education, (iii) students' aspiration and the impact of the ASPIRE report on PEIs, and (iv) the provision of external degree programme through transnational partnership. The book also tackles the hotly debated discussion in relation to academic quality and standard of PEI courses.

Translating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast AsiaTranslating The Body: Medical Education In Southeast Asia by Pols, Hans; C. M. Thompson & John H. Warner (Eds.)

Until recently, receiving a European or North American-style medical education in Southeast Asia was a profoundly transformative experience, as western conceptions of the body differed significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanations. Further, conceptions of the human body had to be translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. Translating the Body is the first book to present the history of biomedical education across Southeast Asia. The contributors chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education campaigns in the region, and the ways in which practitioners of what came to be conceived of as "traditional medicine" in many Southeast Asian countries organized themselves in response.

Pisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The WorldPisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The World by Soh Kaycheng

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is gaining increasing attention among education authorities of the world. The number of participating economies almost doubled in the past one and a half decades, increasing from 43 in 2000 when it first started to 74 in 2015. PISA assesses the performance in Reading, Mathematics, and Science of 15-year-olds with different emphases rotating among the three subjects in different exercises. The attention of the participating economies has been focused almost exclusively on the ranking results which are used to evaluate the standings and progress of their education systems, although PISA does cover many background conditions which might have influenced the performance. Interestingly, East Asian economies have been consistently in the leading positions, and Finland has been frequently cited as a model for the Western economies and even the world to emulate. This monograph contains many secondary analyses of PISA data. Using mainly simple and layman language, it equips educational administrators and policy makers with in-depth insights into some of the intricacies inherent in the PISA data for a more appropriate understanding. It is readily appreciated that such an understanding is needed to prevent misinterpretation and avoid unsound policy or wasteful action.

Educational Psychology: An Asia EditionEducational Psychology: An Asia Edition by Tan Oon-Seng; Yen-Leng Stefanie Chye Et Al

Recent international studies such as PISA and TIMMS point to the success of Asian educational systems in equipping their learners with fundamentals and problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges of a complex knowledge-based era. This adaptation of Educational Psychology with an Asian contextualisation provides an excellent resource for student-teachers to weave psychology into educational studies, curriculum studies and teaching practice. Insights from the National Institute of Education model of teacher education and the pragmatics of theory-practice links, pedagogical innovations and professional learning communities are incorporated. Realistic cases are provided within the texts for the teacher to reflect upon and relate back to one's beliefs, philosophy and practice.

Speaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao PerspectivesSpeaking Out & Speaking Up: Xinjiao Perspectives by Pang Eng Fong & Arnoud De Meyer (Eds.)

This collection of essays by local and exchange students of SMU who were brought together to develop a deeper understanding of Singapore's extraordinary progress in the past half century arose from a new course, Singapore in the World, the World in Singapore. The diverse perspectives - Singaporeans interpreting their experiences through a wider lens and exchange students bringing their views from home to make sense of a new country - challenge and augment the national narrative absorbed by locals who have been through the Singapore school system.

50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore: How To Build A World Class Tvet System50 Years Of Technical Education In Singapore: How To Build A World Class Tvet System by N. Varaprasad

This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential.

Malaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And DedicationMalaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And Dedication by Fong Chan Onn

Throughout human history, whenever people moved to a new land they sought to preserve practices from their place of origin, whether that was in the form of their language, religion, culture or cuisine. Wherever Chinese have settled in significant numbers outside of China, they established schools in a bid to retain their mother tongue. Within the reality of Malaysia's multi-ethnic fabric, the Chinese community has also sought to preserve its cultural roots through vernacular education. This photo-journal attempts to describe the Malaysian Chinese primary school system's challenging journey over the last century. Legally defined as "National-Type" Chinese Primary Schools, SJKCs have become a social institution with a significant role in nation building in a multi-ethnic setting.

Decoding Dsa: The Ultimate Parental Guide To Success In Direct School AdmissionDecoding Dsa: The Ultimate Parental Guide To Success In Direct School Admission by Lye Kok Leong

This a complete parental guide to deconstructing the complexities of the Direct School Admission process. Delivered in a frank parent-educator authorial voice, the text imparts strategies, techniques, and skills both parents and candidates can harness to secure admission to Singapore's most popular schools. As a functional DSA road map, it illustrates and dissects the entire process, and serves as a handbook to the entire admission process. As an Integrated Programme guide, it delivers insights into the value systems of popular schools that parents can reference as part of their decision-making while candidates can use it to draw focus on their applications.