Building Capability through Cognitive Apprenticeship: The Singapore Armed Forces Competency-Based Learning Project
Pek Noi Quek
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Competency-Based Learning (CBL) Project is a cognitive apprenticeship designed by the Learning Development Project Office in SAFTI Military Institute, Singapore to assist SAF in establishing long-term indigenous capability in the CBL methodology to facilitate curriculum development in the Third Generation SAF. This project aims to translate the SAF Leadership Competency Model through an infusion of the CBL methodology in selected SAF schoolhouse training and educational curricula in an engagement with an external consultancy, and ensure SAF internalises the CBL methodology from the consultancy for large-scale independent implementation and sustainability in the long-term. Situated cognition, social constructivism and knowledge-creation through socialisation theories from which cognitive apprenticeship is based are also briefly discussed. In addition, the SAF CBL Project also requires SAF-consultancy interactions to be designed for optimisation of learning and knowledge acquisition (KA) outcomes. Specifically, the SAF CBL cognitive apprenticeship uses knowledge elicitation tools and techniques in a SAF CBL KA process to learn and construct knowledge of the CBL methodology through participation in shared experiences with the consultant team, and capturing of lessons learnt and best practices from which individual learning and team learning through socialisation can take place.
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