UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Ow, Yeong Kah Mun
National Institute of Education
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 An Academic Exercise submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


Design education in Singapore is presently suffering from a lack of attention. In spite of the Ministry's new curriculum recommendations, the situation in schools reflects that design is still widely under recognised as a powerful pedagogical instrument for the cognitive development of students. Teachers are generally poorly trained and guided, and time allocation to the subject is minimal. This paper will search in history to look for strong guidelines as to the pedagogical potential of design. It will focus on the educational model of the Bauhaus, and will attempt to adapt some of its components to the specific situation of the Singapore schools. It will also provide an example of what could become a teachers' guide for the teaching of design at the Lower Secondary level in Singapore.

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