Guided Discovery (GD)
Guided Discovery (GD) classes challenge students to explore topics of study by factual research, enquiry and discussion.The Guided Discovery curriculum taught in Chinese and English, this marriage of Science and Social Studies uses project-based learning and follows a curriculum of general studies with reference to curriculum documents from Ontario, Canada; Hong Kong; Beijing; and Taiwan. Guided Discovery is an excellent means of igniting passion for lifelong knowledge discovery. The language of instruction, whether in English or Chinese, depends on the grade level and subject.
The thematic approach of Guided Discovery allows students to become familiar with a particular subject over 6-8 week periods. Teachers act as facilitators to stimulate students' curiosity and to encourage self-exploration of key concepts and ideas. Students learn to work in teams to frame issues, problem solve, and present their discoveries and insights with pride of ownership. Research and discussions in different language mediums allow students to understand methods, points of view, and advances in both Western and Chinese cultures.
Examples of Guided Discovery projects include:
- Building tents to withstand Arctic conditions
- Designing robots for a rescue mission in a simulated avalanche
- Creating environmentally friendly houses for people in tropical zones