One of the characteristics of humanities subjects is the absence of pre-set answers to many of their questions. Students should develop their own views and opinions and teachers will accept as long as they are reasonable. Below are common teaching approaches of humanities subjects that help students think independently. These can help them to adapt to the needs of the future workplace.
- Project learning provides opportunities for students to conduct self-directed enquiries and develop critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, creativity, etc.
- Service Learning is a means of giving meaning to experiences. It allows students to reflect deeply on what they learn, broaden their horizons and develop their own view and values.
- Role Play: Through role play, students learn to consider things from other people’s perspectives. Post-role-play briefing helps students analyse complicated situations, strengthens their analytical power and problem solving skills, as well as develops empathy for others.
- Group discussion helps students develop an open mind, learn to accept different opinions and appreciate others, as well as improve communication and collaboration skills.
- Field Study: Authentic contexts make meaningful learning. Students put classroom knowledge into practice when they enquire into real life issues. They also acquire new knowledge and skills in field studies.