Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) laid the foundations for the creation of a first-world education system in Singapore. Like many other issues concerning the country, his ideas for education were transported in a red box, which he took wherever he went, even up to his last days. Inside it was always something designed to help create a better life for all Singaporeans. This symposium seeks to unpack a portion of LKY's vision for education through two presentations and a discussion. The areas that the presenters will focus on are (1) the Teaching Profession and Teacher Education and (2) Science and Mathematics Education. The presenters will then also be part of the discussant group with two other discussants whose areas of interest are on (3) Making a Common Future: Lee Kuan Yew's Values for the 21st Century and (4) Technology and Innovation. The presentations and discussion will provide insights into Singapore's educational policies and will highlight some of the challenges of its success. And from it, it hopes that more ideas may be generated that leads to a brighter future in education.
Professor Andy Hargreaves (moderator)
ICSEI President, Andy Hargreaves, is the Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Before that, he was the co-founder and co-Director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Andy has authored or edited over 30 books. Several of these have achieved outstanding writing awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (with Michael Fullan, 2012), received three prizes including the Grawemeyer Award in Education for an inspirational idea most likely to have a worldwide impact. Other recent books include Uplifting Leadership (with Alan Boyle and Alma Harris), 2014; and The Global Fourth Way (with Dennis Shirley), 2012.
Professor Tan Oon Seng
Professor Tan Oon Seng is Director of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Professor Tan was previously Dean of Teacher Education at NIE where he spearheaded the Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21) initiative as a major milestone innovation for teacher education both nationally and internationally. He heads the Singapore team for the Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) helmed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also convener of the World Educational Research Association (WERA) International Research Network on Teacher Education. Professor Tan was President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS, 2005-2008) and President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA, 2008-2010). He was also the Vice-President (Asia and Pacific Rim) of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP, 2008-2011). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Educational Research for Policy & Practice (ERPP) journal published by Springer. He is also the Lead Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education (APJE) published by Routledge. Concurrently, he is on the board of directors for NIE International (NIEI) and also for the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL).
Associate Professor Liu Woon Chia
Liu Woon Chia, Ph.D. is the Dean of Teacher Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. She holds the concurrent appointment of Associate Professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group at NIE. She is also a founding member of NIE's Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory. She is involved in the review, conceptualisation, and implementation of Singapore's preservice teacher preparation programmes, most notably the extended Postgraduate Diploma in Education Programmes and the NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme. She is the Immediate Past President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore and represents Singapore in the World Education Research Association (WERA) Council. She is also the co-convener of the WERA-IRN (International Research Network) titled "Teacher education for the 21st century: Developing teachers who are thoughtful, reflective, and inquiring." She is a member of several editorial advisory boards of international journals and is currently the co-editor for the Asia Pacific Journal of Education and Pedagogies: An International Journal.
Dr Dennis Kwek
Dr Dennis Kwek is Assistant Dean (Research Communications), Office of Education Research with over 20 years of research experience in UK and Singapore, including 10 years in educational research (Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, Singapore). He is Head of the Core Research Office, NIE and Research Scientist at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. He was the Lead Research Associate for Core 1 Panel 3 (2004-2007) and the Acting Co-PI for Core 2 Panels 3 and 5 (2010-2014). He has significant research experience with Core studies, classroom observations, pedagogical research, curriculum innovation and whole school reform, development of classroom coding schemes, and analyses of classroom data. His research interests include system studies in education, classroom pedagogy, curriculum innovation and whole school reform, and comparative education with a particular focus on classroom discourse analysis, mixed methods research and teacher professional development.
Associate Professor Tay Eng Guan
Tay Eng Guan is an Associate Professor and Head of the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Dr Tay specializes in Graph Theory and Mathematics Education and has had papers published in international scientific journals in both areas. He is co-author of the books Counting, Introduction to Graph Theory: H3 Mathematics, and Graph Theory: Undergraduate Mathematics. Dr Tay has taught in Singapore junior colleges and served a stint in the Ministry of Education. He has also worked as sub-dean of the degree programmes at NIE.
Associate Professor Quek Choon Lang Gwendoline
Dr Quek Choon Lang Gwendoline is an Associate Professor and Head of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group in the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Her research interests includes Learning Environments, Educational Evaluation, Project-based Learning and Science Education.