General Studies

 

Emphasize developing students’ lifelong learning ability and experience problem-solving and skills.

 

Objective:

  • To cultivate students' problem-solving ability in order to solve day-to-day problems

 

Strategy:

  • Developing problem-based learning curriculum: The theme of this year is "Social Issues". Primary Four will study the "Tin Shui Wai Open Nullah", and the Primary Five will study the "Noise Nuisance in Tin Shui Wai".
  • Course Syllabus
  • Curriculum Design
  • Problem-based learning: students conduct field trips and discover potential pollution problems in the community.
  • Experiment-based learning: After discovering pollution problems, students can freely express their interests in learning the problem, and through experiments, study the causes of pollution, scientific principles and solutions.
  • Use existing knowledge to solve problems: Students explore what methods and scientific principles should be used to solve the pollution problem in the Tin Shui Wai community and attempt to put their plans into practice after the experiments.
  • Problem-based learning
     
    Students use buckets to take water samples   Pour the water samples into the container Students use decibel meter applications to measure the noise level of the Light Rails.

    Students conduct interviews with residents to understand the problem of noise.

  • Experiment-based learning
    Students conduct filtration experiments to find the best filter material Students conduct density experiments to discover that the density of an object determines whether it will float or sink. Use the scientific principles of sound insulation and sound absorption to find out the best sound insulation method

    Students understand that the thickness of a material influences its sound absorption efficiency.

 

Effectiveness

According to the student questionnaires, more than 90% of students liked problem-based learning and experiment-based learning. They found that very meaningful to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to the community. In addition, they got to choose their learning methods in the learning process and solve the problems according to their ability and pace. They also understood the importance of goal setting and time management.

From the teacher interviews, 100% of teachers agreed that problem-based learning could cultivate students' problem-solving skills. Teachers said that the instructional design, which provided learning objectives for students, guided them in finding community issues. They learned the relevant skills and knowledge to solve these problems. The ultimate goal is to help students apply and practice the skills and knowledge in daily life.

More than 90% of teachers agreed that experiment-based learning could develop students' problem-solving abilities. They stated that students could acquire knowledge through guidelines, instructional videos, and hands-on experience and record their progress using Pages and Keynote. The role of teachers has changed from being the main instructors to being the facilitator of the classroom. Students used to be the recipient; now, they get to dictate their learning process under this student-oriented approach. These skills development can help students get prepared for the future.