Sep 10, 2013

    Free expression leads to better learning

    A CLASSROOM which gives students more freedom to express themselves and make decisions is more likely to produce better learners, Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Indranee Rajah said yesterday.

    A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Education (NIE) of eight secondary schools found that such an environment can motivate students and help them do better, she said.

    Ms Indranee was speaking yesterday to 500 teachers and researchers at the opening ceremony of the Self-Eras conference, which was held at Nanyang Girls' High School.

    The conference is the first partnership between the NIE, the Educational Research Association of Singapore and the Self-concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation research network.

    "Learning is a personal, social and cognitive process, and in schools what the students learn has a profound impact on their personal and social development," said Ms Indranee.

    She added that recent studies have shed light on how students' emotions are intertwined with their motivation and cognition.