PISA leader Hong Kong champions enquiry-based learning

February 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm 1 comment

by Alec Patton

Hong Kong was won of the undoubted winners in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), coming in third in science and maths, and fourth in reading. So, with Pisa having inspired general consternation and panic in the UK (not one of the winners), it’s interesting to see what they attribute their success to. Here’s what the Times Educational Supplement found out when they interviewed the undersecretary for education:

Kenneth Chen, Hong Kong under-secretary for education, said much of the success was due to a curriculum introduced over the past decade which emphasised “21st-century skills” such as “learning how to learn”.

“Obviously, you need content and subject knowledge,” he told The TES. “But more importantly, we feel that kids need to have that attitude that they need to learn continuously.”

Mr Chen highlighted “liberal studies” – one of four core subjects in Hong Kong’s senior secondary curriculum – which is designed to teach pupils how to learn and think critically and creatively.

“It is not a content-based curriculum. We are not asking students to memorise a whole set of facts and be able to regurgitate them in a test,” he said. “Instead, the subject uses an issue-based enquiry method to teach students how to think and analyse.”

via Gove spurned as HK looks the other way – News – TES Connect.

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