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Current Issue: Volume 3, Issue 2 2014

Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists… Open thinking points beyond itself. Theodor Adorno (1998, pp. 291-292)

As Susan Adler notes in this issue, we’ve been hearing for some time now that we have to do school differently. But we still seem mired in traditional or outmoded school cultures, classroom practices, and ways of thinking about education and society. Sir Ken Robinson’s popular video on educational paradigms raises the notion that current systems of education remain grounded in Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution-era modes of thinking that still prioritize rationalization (classifying, categorizing, sorting, etc.), standardization, competition and consumption, hierarchical authority structures, and the supervision, monitoring and regulation of teachers and students. Robinson argues that this industrial model of education tends to lead to conformity, standardized curriculum and assessment, and an input-output model of teaching and learning. These ways of thinking and the educational structures and practices they seem to perpetuate may not help prepare young people for the 21st century, despite the best intentions of reform efforts.

Image of Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Li-Ching Ho
Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 
Photo by Li-Ching Ho

HSSE Online is published by the HSSE Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. The overarching purpose of the journal is to energize, inform and improve teaching practice in Humanities and Social Studies education in Singapore and to provide a venue to share ideas, research and resources that will be useful to teachers and scholars. 

We seek to develop and deepen knowledge and understanding of powerful and innovative research and practice in Humanities and Social Studies education. We hope you will make use of these ideas and resources as well as contribute your own.

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"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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