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Characteristics

 Characteristics of Liberal Studies Curriculum

 Liberal Studies provides opportunities for students to explore issues relevant to the human condition in a wide range of contexts. Liberal Studies enables students to understand the contemporary world and its pluralistic nature. It enables students to make connections among different disciplines, examine issues from a variety of perspectives, and construct personal knowledge of immediate relevance to themselves in today' s world. It will help students develop independent learning capabilities and cross-curricular thinking. Liberal Studies contributes directly to the attainment of the goals of the senior secondary curriculum (Reforming the Academic Structure for Senior Secondary Education and Higher Education - Actions for Investing in the Future, EMB, 2004, p.8). In particular, it will help each student to:

 

 * acquire a broad knowledge base, and be able to understand contemporary issues that may affect their daily life at personal, community, national and global levels;

 * be an informed and responsible citizen with a sense of global and national identity;

 * respect pluralism of cultures and views, and be a critical, reflective and independent thinker; and

 * acquire information technology (IT) and other skills necessary to life-long learning.

 

Linkages with Other NSS Subjects

 

Together with the other core subjects and elective subjects, it helps to achieve a balance between breadth and depth in the school curriculum.

Liberal Studies uses knowledge and perspectives from other subjects to study contemporary issues so that students have the opportunity to:

 

 * connect knowledge and concepts across different disciplines

 * expand their perspectives beyond single disciplines

 * study contemporary events not covered in single disciplines

 

Liberal Studies is built on the foundation of the eight key learning areas (KLAs) in basic education and extends this into new areas of knowledge. Teachers should encourage their students to apply the knowledge and perspectives they have acquired from different subjects, to make connections across different disciplines of knowledge.

 

In cultivating independent thinking, positive values and attitudes, social awareness and adaptability to change, Liberal Studies provides a useful foundation for further studies, future employment and a life of fulfilment.

 

 

 
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