CRPP Invites Professor Toby Greany for the Inaugural OER-CRPP Distinguished Visitors Programme
Thursday, 25 August 2016
From 18 – 22 July 2016, the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) of the Office of Education Research, NIE invited Professor Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation from the Institute of Education, University College London, for its inaugural OER-CRPP Distinguished Visitors Programme. Aimed at sharing knowledge expertise on networks and learning communities, and the use of evidence to impact student learning, the programme provided a platform for useful sharing and dialogue with NIE faculty, Ministry of Education (MOE), Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), and the broader education fraternity.
During his visit, Prof Greany met with representatives from AST to dialogue on the professional development of Singapore teachers. He also shared at the Leaders in Education Programme (LEP) at NIE – a leadership development programme for vice principals with potential to be appointed as principals. The course, titled “Cultivating a Change-reform Agenda Towards 21st Century Learning: Implications for School Leaders”, aimed to engage (potential) school leaders towards a change-agenda for 21st century learning. CRPP researchers from the Teacher Learning and Professional Development and School Improvement taskforces also had the chance to consult Prof Greany to glean his research views and perspectives.
Prof Greany also delivered a research seminar and public lecture. The research seminar, titled “Global Trends in School System Reform: Lessons from England and Possible Implications for Singapore”, explored the institutional and systemic factors that help and/or hinder change and innovation across school systems, with a focus on evidence and examples from England. Attended by more than 30 participants from NIE, the seminar allowed for rich dialogue on issues relating to school systems and reform. The public lecture, titled “Moving Teaching from Good to Great through Collaborative Learning and Evidence-informed Practice”, saw the participation of more than 60 people from NIE, MOE and schools. The lecture discussed the role of evidence in education and the use of evidence-based decisions to improve outcomes.
With the successful run of this inaugural OER-CRPP Distinguished Visitors Programme, OER will continue to invite a series of visiting professors under this Programme to build NIE’s research capacity and enhance its academic reputation.
Hear Prof Greany's thoughts about his visit to NIE/OER and education research in Singapore in the video below!