Students 'learn better by speaking up'

 Students 'learn better by speaking up'

SINGAPORE - A classroom which gives students more freedom to express themselves and make decisions is more likely to produce better learners, Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Indranee Rajah said on Monday.

A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Education (NIE) with eight secondary schools found such an environment can motivate students and help them do better, she said.

Ms Indranee was speaking on Monday to 500 teachers and researchers at the opening ceremony of the Self-Eras conference, which was held at Nanyang Girls' High School.

The conference is the first partnership between the National Institute of Education, the Educational Research Association of Singapore and the Self-concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (Self) research network.

"Learning is a personal, social and cognitive process, and in schools what the students learn has a profound impact on their personal and social development," said Ms Indranee.

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