Global Eduhub Launches Hybrid Pedagogy of Habits of Mind and Multiple
Intelligences after 18 Years of Early Education Research
Pilot Programme To Be Introduced in All Mulberry Preschools in 2015;
Preparing Children for a VUCA World

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“…prepare every child for a test of life, and not a life of tests”.

– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urging educators and parents in his 2012 National Day rally speech.

In today’s increasingly competitive arena, our children need to be educated in a manner that prepares them for a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.

Global Eduhub, a leading preschool chain with 36 centres located in Singapore, Australia and China, is set to take the initiative with its first-ever symposium in innovative thinking for early childhood. Themed ‘Nurturing Preschoolers’ Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S’, and in partnership with The Art Costa Centre for Thinking, the symposium will feature the creators of 2 well-known frameworks that have proven to define success in adults.

What is Habits of Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is based on the Habits of Mind and the Multiple Intelligences frameworks. Habits of Mind focuses on the 16 types of important problem-solving life skills used by successful people, while Multiple Intelligences seeks to uncover a child’s innate abilities in order for them to learn better. These two frameworks, when combined, will allow educators to teach students to think critically and learn creatively. Global Eduhub’s experience and research in early childhood education adds to this combination to offer their expertise by infusing this pedagogy to the preschool level.

The new pedagogy is thus named Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, and will be rolled out in a pilot programme across Global Eduhub’s Mulberry Learning Centres across the nation. All teachers and centres of Mulberry Early Learning will be certified by the Institute of Habits of Mind and all preschoolers under the chain of Global Eduhub will go through MIDAS, a profiling tool to help parents understand their children’s multiple intelligences.

First symposium for parents and educators.

In order for the pilot programme to be better accepted by children, Global Eduhub also aims to elevate the awareness of their new pedagogy through their first-ever symposium for parents and educators. The symposium will feature the creator of the Habits of Mind framework, Professor Arthur Costa, Emeritus Professor, Education for State and Founder of The Institute for Habits of Mind, USA; Dr Branton Shearer, neuropsychologist and founder of Multiple Intelligences Research and Consulting, USA; and Dr Henry Toi, Executive Director of The Art Costa Centre for Thinking and Affiliate Director of Habits of Mind, Singapore and also the creator of Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S..

“Global Eduhub is taking the initiative to transform the way we teach and nurture our young children because I sincerely care for the future of our nation,” shares Ms Koh Chew Chee, Executive Director of Global EduHub. “Over the years we have cemented our positioning as leaders for preschool education learnt and researched on better ways to teach so that our children can be leaders of our future. Further encouraged by our government, Global Eduhub is proud to announce that we have now developed our own pedagogy to support this direction.”

First to introduce this framework at the preschool level

While Habits of Mind and Multiple Intelligences are not new to school teachers in the primary, secondary and gifted education programmes in mainstream schools, Global Eduhub will be the first preschool in the world to introduce these frameworks at the preschool level, thereby taking the pedagogy one step deeper by making it understandable by preschoolers.

“We are very excited to partner with Global EduHub to implement the Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. pedagogy into their preschool curriculum,” shares Dr Henry Toi. “We are certain that this pedagogy will truly open our eyes to new way of education that will change the way our children think and react in the world, thereby paving the way for a more robust global future.”

Symposium for parents and educators

The symposium, ‘Nurturing Preschoolers’ Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S’, is slated to be held on 24 January 2015 at The Nexus Auditorium (#05-07 Cuppage Plaza) from 9.30am-1.30pm with an expected turnout of 1,000 parents and early educators. Tickets are priced at S$10 per person for parents from Global Eduhub education centres, and at
S$15 per person for general public. Tickets prices include an education bag with gifts worth S$200.

Tickets are available for sale through all Global Eduhub education centres, and from the Global Eduhub symposium website. The public may contact Global Eduhub at +65 6449 3695 or email rsvpsymposium2015@global-eduhub.com for more details.

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