Continuing Science Education of the Global Public

Continuing Science Education of the Global Public

Leo Tan Wee Hin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch065
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Abstract

Continuing education constitutes an important aspect of furthering the process of learning beyond the formal years of schooling. Leveraging mainly on the individual’s penchant for self-improvement, it fulfils a useful role in endowing skill sets and other competencies to a person. Continuing education has largely remained the mainstay of tertiary institutions, commercial schools and adult education centers. An entire gamut of evening courses catering to diverse interests is offered here.
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Background

The Singapore Science Center has been popularizing science and technology to students and the public in multi-dimensional ways since its establishment in 1977. Singapore Scientist, a best-selling science magazine that the center has been publishing since its opening, has a popular section called “The Scientist Answers.” In this section, students get their doubts in science answered by the scientific staff of the science center. However, the quarterly nature of this print publication means that only a limited number of questions can be answered in any issue. On an average of five questions and answers per issue, this equals about 20 questions and answers a year, or 200 questions and answers in 10 years. And the huge pile of questions awaiting answers means that a valuable opportunity is foregone to address learning needs.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Broadband Network: A telecommunications network that leverages on various technologies to vastly speed up rates of information transfer between communication devices such as computers.

Online Learning: Learning that is leveraged on the Internet.

Science Center: An institution for the popularization and promotion of science and technology to students and the public.

Continuing Education: The process of learning that continues beyond the formal years of education and/or outside the formal curriculum.

Log Files: A record of all online activities occurring on the Web site as captured by the software monitoring the server.

Constructivist Learning: A learning philosophy that contends that learning occurs in incremental steps, leveraging on the previous knowledge of the learner about the topic.

Portal: A one-stop destination for online information.

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