Welcome to the Six Learnings curriculum framework, Maker Motes, and Disciplinary Intuitions as a theory of learning

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This site describes Disciplinary Intuitions as a theory of learning, the Six Learnings framework for curriculum design, and Maker Motes as an open-source data infrastructure for inquiry-based learning in STEM curricula.

Since 2009, several schools have enacted curricular units in Geography, Social Studies, Literature, Art, Language Arts, Elements of Business Skills and Design & Technology, in support of the Applied Learning Programme, in primary and secondary schools, across three academic streams, in the formal curriculum as well as through Co-Curricular Activities; these units have been designed by the teachers themselves based upon a curriculum framework known as the Six Learnings.

The Office of Education Research at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore has described the Six Learnings framework as "one of the most promising education research projects that the NIE has undertaken. We wish to spread the word about what [has been] accomplished through this project".

From 2015, the framework is being translated to the First Year undergraduate course IM1002 Analog Electronics, conducted by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NTU, through a 'Excellence in Education' (EdeX) grant.

The framework describes the affordances for learning of immersive environments and game-based worlds. As of December 2015, more than 4600 students have gone through the programme, which has positive impact upon academic grades and 21st century dispositions and literacies – including the Confident Learner, Collaborative Learning, Self-Directed Learning and Motivation – even beyond the immediate duration of the interventions.

In 2012, gains in academic scores by students on the programme were directly attributable to the intervention; details can be in the section entitled 'how will my students benefit?'.

Likewise, while no longitudinal study was carried out between 2010 to 2013, the cohort of students from a state-funded neighbourhood school who had been on the programme since their Secondary One year went on to outperform their preceding cohort by scoring 92 percent distinctions in Geography in the 2013 GCE 'O' Level examinations (no direct causal attribution is claimed).

The programme leverages primarily open-source tools and platforms - such as Maker Motes - to help teachers design canvases within which their students can express their emerging conceptual understandings. In this way, students’ thinking and intuitions – which would otherwise be largely tacit – are made visible and can be dialogued around with peers. Learning is thus more enduring as first-principle understanding is built.

The framing of the programme with maker culture was featured as a case study in the June 2016 issue of the UNESCO newsletter on ICT in education.

The Six Learnings curriculum framework is undergirded by a theory of learning known as Disciplinary Intuitions, which is articulated in a book published by Springer in 2015.

Disciplinary Intuitions courses / internship opportunities

  • NTU Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) AY 2017/18 are you an NTU undergraduate eligible for the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme? do consider applying for NIE17004 'Exploring the potential Roles that Game-Based Worlds and Immersive ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 12:58 AM by Kenneth Y T Lim
  • NTU Nanyang Research Programme (Junior Researcher) 2017 are you a Year 3 or Year 4 student in an IP school? do consider applying for internship in the Six Learnings / Disciplinary Intuitions, as part of NTU's Nanyang ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2017, 6:56 AM by Kenneth Y T Lim
  • NTU Nanyang Research Programme 2017 are you a Year 4 or Year 5 student in an IP school, or in JC1? do consider applying for internship in the Six Learnings / Disciplinary Intuitions, as part of ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2017, 6:53 AM by Kenneth Y T Lim
  • 'Landscapes of participatory making, modding and hacking: maker culture and makerspaces' is published! we are very pleased to share that possibly the first edited volume approaching maker culture and makerspaces from an academic perspective has just been published :-)Titled Landscapes of participatory making ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:06 AM by Kenneth Y T Lim
  • Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes at OER Learning Day 2016 the Office of Education Research at the National Institute of Education will be holding its inaugural Learning Day on Monday 22 August 2016.do come visit our booth in the ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2016, 6:24 AM by Kenneth Y T Lim
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