Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009

Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009

Date
Monday, 01 June 2009

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 3RD REDESIGNING PEDAGOGY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2009 ON MONDAY 1 JUNE 2009, 9.00AM AT THE NANYANG AUDITORIUM, NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, 50 NANYANG AVENUE, SINGAPORE

The opening ceremony of the three-day Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009 (Annexe A) will be held in Nanyang Auditorium, Nanyang Technological University on Monday, 1 June 2009. Guest of honour is Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education.

Organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE), the biennial conference aims to provide a global forum for practitioners, researchers, educational leaders and policy makers to interact and share leading-edge research and best practices across languages and cultures. As in 2005 and 2007, the conference offers a platform for scholars and practitioners to forge new and innovative directions in educational research and practices that may significantly impact the education system in Singapore and abroad.

The theme for the 2009 conference is "Designing New Learning Contexts for a Globalising World". Held in Singapore, this signature event brings together researchers, practitioners, educational leaders and policy makers for pioneering education work across the globe.

Highlights

The conference has attracted nearly 1,200 participants from 27 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, UK and USA.

The three Invited Panels of "Popular Culture and Education in Asia", "Religion and Education in Asia" and "The Teaching and Learning Research Programme (UK)" will address salient issues of teaching, learning and teacher education in the region, as nation-states endeavour to survive and thrive within globalisation. Distinguished researchers from the region will engage in a critical dialogue on what the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009 takes to be key educational issues at this present time.

Four primary schools will participate in an exhibition to showcase innovative ways of teaching and learning with technology. Mayflower Primary School will present the Group Scribble project that has been successfully used to help students rapidly generate ideas for effective communication and collaboration with their peers in the classroom; Nan Chiau Primary School will exhibit the school's initiative in seamless mobile learning that bridges formal and informal learning across multiple contexts beyond school boundaries; Fuchun Primary School will showcase how its innovative programme of equipping their students with home skills has benefitted both students and the school; and MacPherson Primary School will be sharing its experience on how their teachers have incorporated pedagogical improvements in language learning.

Keynote Presentations

The list and abstracts of distinguished keynote speakers are available in Annexe B.

Conference Strands

More than 400 papers will be presented in the form of keynote addresses, panels, workshops and symposia. The papers are divided into the following strands:

1. Affective Education 
2. Anthropology and Sociology of Education
3. Cognition and Understanding
4. Curriculum Development
5. Early Childhood Education
6. Humanities and Social Sciences
7. IT in Education
8. Language and Literacy Education
9. Learning Sciences
10. Mathematics Education
11. Multiliteracies and Multimodalities
12. Philosophy of Education
13. Physical Education
14. School Change and Leadership
15. Science Education
16. Special Needs Education
17. Student Performance and Assessment
18. Teacher Professional Development
19. Visual and Performing Arts
20. Others

Speeches

Speech by Prof Gopinathan

Speech by Ms Grace Fu