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Volume 6

Volume 6, Issue 1 2017

Cultivating multiple perspectives or different ways of seeing and thinking about the world is an essential aspect of humanities and social studies education. The articles in this issue provide different perspectives for readers to consider as lenses for understanding places, society, curriculum, politics, and others.

Volume 5

Volume 5, Issue 1 2016

Humanities and Social Studies education are undergoing significant changes in terms of classroom practice: the firm centrality of inquiry methods, authentic fieldwork experiences, the greater use of discussion, the focus on controversial issues, greater attention to students' ideas, and a conceptual focus for teaching and learning have gained greater traction in classrooms. The articles in...

Volume 5, Issue 2 2016

The shift towards discipline-based approaches in history and social studies education in recent years has seen greater emphasis on a teaching methodology that prioritizes thinking, understanding and active learning in the classroom. In history education, for example, there is increased awareness amongst teachers that developing deeper understandings in history involves giving students...

Volume 4

In this special geography issue of HSSE Online, we acknowledge geography teachers’ role in geographical education by inviting classroom practitioners to share their reflections on issues in geography education research. As noted by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1959, “It is no exaggeration to say that the 10,600 teachers in all our schools constitute the most influential group of 10,...

2015 is a year that heralds a number of important events for Singapore. First and foremost, the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee. About five months before the National Day (9th Aug) of the country saw the passing away of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of independent Singapore and one of the most respected statesman in the global arena. For a history student who has read about Queen...

Volume 3

It has almost become a cliché to claim that the humanities subjects are integral to education for young people. While many people pay lip service to the importance of subjects such as history, geography, and social studies, in practice, this is not been consistently reflected in the actions and choices of educators, policy makers, parents, and students in Singapore and elsewhere. Thus it is...

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...

Volume 2

Nation-states face numerous pressing issues such as increasing inequality, climate change, immigration, and tensions between individual rights and social harmony. In Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, Martha Nussbaum argues that national development goals, focusing almost exclusively on productivity and economic growth, are misguided. Not everything is about profit...

History is not just the study of the human past; it is the rigorous analysis and interpretation of the past. Not only does history involve investigation and inquiry, it also requires an active historical imagination to enable the historian to use all forms of evidence to better understand the past. The challenge for all historians (as well as history teachers and students) is to make...

Volume 1

Welcome to the very first issue of HSSE Online! We hope that this online journal, published twice a year by the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group at NIE, will be a place you visit regularly to find useful and informative articles and teaching resources. This journal also offers you a unique opportunity to be part of the vibrant community of humanities educators, both in...

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An Inspiring Quote

"[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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