GKS CSC's Pedagogical Approach
College Learning Environment. The college provides a highly conducive and safe learning environment where leaders come together to grow and acquire invaluable insights while respecting each other’s views. The courses conducted in GKS CSC are intellectually stimulating and challenging. Learning is predominantly self-directed and officers-on-course take ownership for their own learning.
Officers’ Learning Responsibility. Officers are expected to take ownership for learning. Officers are encouraged to reflect on what was taught and discussed. Debates, exchange of views are so as to sharpen opinions on key issues concerning the military professional.
Methods of Instruction. The teaching methodologies used in the College are:
a. Lecture-Discussion (L-D). A lecture-discussion is typically a 3-period activity comprising a presentation by a lecturer/DS, an officer-led syndicate discussion and a plenary with the lecturer/DS. Syndicates may be required to present their findings at the plenary and use the session to challenge the views of others and to seek clarity over your own. The L-D is planned for topics that are fairly complex.
b. Lecture. The traditional lecture will be used to deliver topics that are more straightforward and not suited for syndicate discussion. Introductory topics are usually conducted using this format. Lectures are capped at 2 periods. At the end of each lecture, there will be a question and answer session. This is to allow the officers to clarify any doubts or to seek clarification on the lecture given.
c. Presentation. Presentations are used for teams to share their findings following a period of research.
d. Discussion. The discussion format allows officers to explore topics through analysis and sharing of each other’s perspective.
e. Lecture-Visit (L-V). The L-V format is used to introduce officers to the structure, organisation, roles, functions and capabilities of the host unit, formation or agency.
f. Exercises. Exercises are used extensively throughout the various modules. The types of exercises are:
(1) Tutorial Exercises (TEX). These exercises, the officers are organised into their syndicates and are guided through a series of requirements to draw out specific learning outcomes.
(2) Map Planning Exercises (MAPEX). These are exercises where officers, holding the appointments of commanders and staff, apply their knowledge in developing an operation plan.
(3) Wargame Exercise (WGX). These are exercises where officers game through their operation plans using Simulation Laboratory (SIMLAB) or Tactical Training Centre (TTC), including some other simulation system.