We subscribe to the central tenet of the Social Cognitivist Theory: Personal Agency.
We are not only agents of actions but self-examiners of our own functioning, with the metacognitive capacity to reflect upon our actions, motivations and values. The aim of our curriculum is to nurture Reflective, Responsive, Responsible (3R) Learners: students who are critical and creative thinkers who will respond with empathy to the world around them and seek to play an active role as a respected member of society.
The features of Social Cognitivist Theory have been unpacked into 5 Principles of Learning as follows:
Learning is Contextual
Contextual Learning is facilitated by conducive environmental factors. Also, real life setting helps learners to contextualise and see the relevance of their learning.
Learning is Active
Active learning goes beyond providing opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning to engaging the learner’s mind (to inquire and to evaluate).
Learning is Social
Learning is influenced by social interactions, interpersonal relations and communication with others.
Learning is Holistic
Learning is discipline-based but inter-connectedness of knowledge is promoted.
Learning Requires Metacognition
All learners are capable of being proactive, self-reflecting and self-regulating. Metacognitive processes should be taught explicitly and opportunities must be made available for learners to self-regulate.