CORE at post-secondary level

Published Date: 08 January 2018 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Leon Perera, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) whether the Ministry has introduced elements of the Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics (CORE), which aims to teach economics in a way that is more applicable to real world situations, at the post-secondary level and, if not, whether it will consider doing so.

Response

1. It is indeed important for all subjects, including Economics, to be taught in a way that is applicable to real-world situations. Our curriculum is designed to do so.

2. The ‘A’ level Economics curriculum is designed to provide students opportunities to apply Economics concepts, principles and theories to real-world contexts. Through the use of real-world examples and authentic case studies, students are engaged in class discussions that enable them to analyse how economic decisions are made, consider multiple perspectives in decision-making and recognise consequences arising from decisions made. For example, students discuss the thinking behind the Singapore Budget, and the possible impact of the budget on individuals, firms and the economy.

3. The Singapore Student Learning Space, which is the MOE online learning platform that is being developed, includes case studies and resources that reflect real-world contexts. For example, Economics lesson packages on how pricing of goods and services such as sugary beverages and private-hire rides influence consumer behaviour and expenditure are available on this learning platform.

4. Where appropriate, Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics (CORE) can serve as a supplementary resource for incorporation in the Singapore Student Learning Space.

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