YEAR TWO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDIES
TASK: COMPLETE THIS AND SUBMIT BY T1W5
Research Topic (Global Challenge): Education For Tomorrow
Chosen Area of Focus:
Group Members’ Names:
a) Kenric Tan
b) Bryan Lee
c) Bryan Goh
d) Chow Yu Hin
Statement of problem (framing our research topic):
Does education need to change in the next 20 years?
"Education has to change, because in theory education needs to reflect the challenges of the society into which young people are entering."-Richard Gerver-(http://www.21stcenturychallenges.org/focus/richard-gerver-discusses-the-future-of-education/)
We believe that there are many flaws in today's education system.
Firstly, we’d like to address how education as of now is focusing too much on getting good grades.
Students may be studying hard. However, what do they study for? Examinations. There should be a better reason for students to be doing their best in school, shouldn't there?
We strongly believe that the education system now is biased. It makes certain people's lives "more difficult" in a way. Everyone is different, in their own ways. We all have our own unique talents and qualities. There certainly are people who have talents that allow them to get good grades, but what about the others who have talents totally unrelated to that at all (sports etc.)? Wouldn't it be unfair to them? Those people will then have to work extra hard for them to score well for examinations.
The extra fact that society is very judgemental makes things worse. Get amazing grades and top the class; you're a genius, you're smart. Fail your subjects and you "fail in life", are labled "stupid", etc. This might potentially lead to discrimination among students and ultimately, depression.
There are many other flaws in today's education system, but we feel that the above mentioned is a must to correct.
From this, we imagine the future's education system to be:
- A system that allows student's talents/potential in different aspects to be realised and acknowledged, like how good students that excel in examinations get awards from the school/government.
- A system that doesn't focus solely on getting good grades.
Many may speculate that education of the future will be more "technology-based", like what SST is practicing for an example. But this will not change the fact that education today is unfair, it will merely improve efficiency of learning. It is not about what we use to learn, rather being about what we learn, and if the system of judging people is fair. Thus, I think that a greater change has to be made.
Overall, it will be a system that's more "fair", where everyone will have the same rate of chances to succeed in life. Do not misunderstand our intentions. No matter what, there cannot be a perfect system because there are 7 billion people in the world, 7 billion different minds, 7 billion different perspectives and 7 billion ways of thinking. Not everyone will agree on a system. But the education system as of now, can definitely be improved.
We chose to pursue this area of research as we shared common controversial thoughts on the current education system that have yet to be resolved and we want to find out what is really going on. Also, we want to try to find out ways that the education system of today can be improved and what effects it will have on the students.
Literature Review (Brief summary of at least 3 sources that you have consulted with reference to your research topic)
Our hypothesis is that the education today is a very poor way of teaching students as the current education system focuses too much on academics and every thing about learning is all in books or in our worksheets. The class size is also very large, ranging from 30-40 students per class, making learning very tough for the individual student. Since all the lesson materials are on paper form, students tend to lose focus during classes and this is when lessons become boring. When we find that lessons boring, we students will start to hate school. The current education system also doesn’t focus on applied learning, and therefore students will learn less from their respective classes.
Research Plan (Describe how you intend to design your research i.e. who/what you are going to research on, how many respondents, your study area/location etc)
Analysis of data
Overall assessment on feasibility and manageability of the research (justify why your research can be managed and results be achieved within the time-frame)
As the topic we chose is relatively widespread and pondered about, we have a larger pool of people to obtain opinions from. Thus, the results will be vary between each other and we will then have a more accurate and manageable result. The feasibility of the research largely depends on the responses we acquire as if we get the same response from everyone, our final result will be biased. Also, as we are in a student community, everybody should be familiar with the topic of education and thus, our answers will be derived from a student undertaking the education system currently. To prevent the results from being biased, the results will not only be obtained from the SST community, but to other schools if possible and the parents of the students. Thus, this project can be counted as “feasible”.
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