Invitation to a seminar "Nurturing the Active Learners and the Effects of Assessment on High Quality Learning"

Invitation to a seminar "Nurturing the Active Learners and the Effects of Assessment on High Quality Learning"

Date
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

INVITATION TO A SEMINAR “NURTURING THE ACTIVE LEARNERS AND THE EFFECTS OF ASSESSMENT ON HIGH QUALITY LEARNING” BY PROFESSORS EDWARD L. DECI AND RICHARD M. RYAN ON 19 JANUARY 2010

The National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore is proud to present a seminar “Nurturing the Active Learners and the Effects of Assessment on High Quality Learning” by Professors Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan. The seminar, jointly organised by the Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory (MERL), NIE, Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) and Graduate Programmes and Research (GPR) Office, NIE will be held on Tuesday, 19 January 2010, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm in NIE Block 6, Lecture Theatre 1.

The two international experts in motivation research will present topics related to motivation in education. Professor Edward Deci will review research on maintenance and enhancement of intrinsic motivation and will specifically address the effects of educational tests on student motivation. Professor Richard Ryan will discuss the impact of teaching styles on student engagement and performance which are pivotal in promoting an ideal school system aimed at developing in students a passion for learning, a valuing of lifelong learning and a confidence of their capacities and attributes. Students being intrinsically motivated and self-regulatory in their learning processes will thus engage themselves in high quality learning.

The professors’ profiles and details of the seminar are enclosed at Annexe A and B respectively.

ABOUT MOTIVATION IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH LABORATORY (MERL), SINGAPORE

The Motivation in Educational Research Lab (MERL) was recently set up with the support of Director, NIE. The aim of the laboratory is to promote research pertaining to motivational issues in education and examine ways to translate theory into classroom practice.

The MERL is officially the satellite lab of the Self-Determination Theory in University of Rochester, USA, with Professors Edward Deci and Richard Ryan as consultants. Both of them are currently involved in a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education on education reform in U.S.

In MERL, we seek to understand how students may become self-determined in their academic and leisure pursuits. In particular, our line of research has implications for promoting lifelong learning and adaptive habits formation in our younger generation.