Beyond academic learning, students should be given "opportunities to pursue and excel in areas of interest to them", said Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Indranee Rajah on Monday.
She added that recent studies have shed light on how students' emotions are intertwined with their motivation and cognition. She added that those who believe they can achieve anything and also look at themselves positively tend to be "more deeply engaged in their learning" and have "greater persistence".
She was speaking to some 500 teachers and researchers at the opening ceremony of the Self-Eras conference. The conference is the first partnership between the National Institute of Education, the Educational Research Association of Singapore and the Self-concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (Self) research network.
More than 110 presenters from 26 countries will present research findings on various topics like motivation in learning over three days.