OER Hosts Delegation from World Bank and the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia Federation
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
On 26th October 2016, the Office of Education Research (OER) hosted delegates from the World Bank Group and the Ministry of Education and Science, Russia Federation. The delegation was headed by Mr Alexander Kilmov, who served as Russia’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science from 2012 to 2016 and was recently appointed as Chief Counsellor of WorldSkills Russia. Other members of the Russian delegation included Mr Kirill Vasiliev, Ms Marina Sinitsyna and Mr Alexey Ovchinnikov, who are part of a problem-solving assessment task force under the Ministry of Education and Science.
Dr Jennifer Tan presenting her research findings to the Russian delegation.
Dr Jennifer Tan, Assistant Dean (Knowledge Mobilisation) and Research Scientist at OER, gave a presentation titled ‘Assessing and Fostering Collaborative Creativity and Problem-Solving Success in Teaching and Learning’ to the delegates. Dr Tan’s presentation centered on her research into the teaching and assessment of 21st century competencies such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills in Singapore schools.
Dr Jennifer Tan having a discussion with the Russian delegation.
After presenting her research findings, Dr Tan and the delegation had a discussion on assessment, the issues associated with it as well as the challenges involved in assessing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The delegation also posed questions regarding Singapore’s tertiary educational landscape and the role of higher education institutions in nurturing and assessing students’ 21st century competencies. The discussion concluded with a discourse on refinements that can be made to assessment tasks to improve reliability in gauging students’ competencies.
Dr Jennifer Tan (centre) with members of the Russian Delegation: Ms Marina Sinitsyna, Mr Alexander Klimov, Mr Alexey Ovchinnikov and Mr Kirill Vasiliev (from left to right).
At the end of the session, the Russian delegation thanked Dr Tan for her in-depth sharing and expressed their hope for future collaborations pertaining to the assessment of students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In his remarks to Dr Tan, Mr Vasiliev said, “I do hope to continue our cooperation and engage your expertise in our projects in Russia and beyond.”