Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Leaders, Values And Citizenship in 21st Century Education

Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Leaders, Values And Citizenship in 21st Century Education

Date
Tuesday, 02 June 2015

One of the largest educational research conferences in Southeast Asia will be held at the Nanyang Auditorium, Nanyang Technological University from 2 to 4 June 2015. This year, we are pleased to welcome Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education as the Guest-of-Honour for the event.

Organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, the three-day biennial conference provides 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. Since its inception in 2005, it consistently 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 conference will bring together over 1,200 conference participants, comprising 125 overseas participants and over 1,000 local participants. The 125 overseas participants come from 20 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Finland Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Qatar, Taiwan, UK and USA. For the local participants, they come from local and international schools and institutions, the Ministry of Education, government agencies, and community organisations.

Highlights of the Conference

The theme of our conference, Leaders, Values and Citizenship in 21st Century Education”, depicts the notion that the 21st century presents complex educational realities that challenge conventional practices of leadership, values and citizenship education. Leadership is a participative process of leading innovation and change across all levels of the education system including school principals, students, parents and other stakeholders. If educators are to act as agents of change, how and to what extent do we need to redesign our pedagogy to remain relevant? What role should leadership play in the design and implementation of 21st century learning environments that promote future-ready knowledge and skills, authentic values and citizenship education for all our students?

The Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015 a global platform for practitioners, researchers, educational leaders and policymakers to collectively debate and generate creative solutions to these critical questions. This conference offers opportunities for multi-stakeholder interactions, sharing of international leading-edge research and best practices across schools and cultures, and the forging of new and innovative directions for educational research and practice. We believe that our line-up of keynote speakers, paper presentations, panels, workshops and symposia will provide an engaging platform for conference delegates to creatively explore the answers to these critical questions. As in previous conference, there will be strong researcher-practitioner collaboration at this year’s conference. The great synergy where research informs practice, and practice, in turn, serving also to inform research is indeed the highlight of this year’s mix of theoretical-empirical researcher sessions.

For the first time in the series of Redesigning Pedagogy Conferences, we are also hosting the 11th CitizED International Conference, and the Arts, Humanities and Literature Conference on the last day of the conference. The themes of these parallel conferences are “Citizenship, Character and Values Education for the 21st Century” and “Live(d) Experiences: Imagination, Wonder and Spaces of I/M/possibilities” respectively. With three track options on its final day, it will give our participants the choice of pursuing a specialised conference track that focuses on educational leadership, values education or citizenship. The slew of conference activities will bring together teachers, researchers, educational leaders, and policymakers to learn more about new research, discuss educational policies and practices, and broaden professional networks throughout the region. Special sessions will also showcase and reflect how they have implemented new practices.

The conference also highlights notable research projects across several disciplines in local education research projects led by NIE researchers. These include:

  • Dr Nirmala Karuppiah, a lecturer at the Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group, and Associate Professor Kenneth Poon, Sub-Dean of the Office of Education Research,  will present their findings on the progress of the field of early childhood education through research conducted by different groups and at different levels of the sector.
  • Dr Elizabeth Koh, a research scientist from the Office of Education Research, discusses how Information Communication Technology can be harnessed for purposeful learning from the different levels ranging from the classroom to the cultural-historical aspects so that it can be fully integrated in education.
  • Dr Rachel Lam, a research scientist from the Office of Education Research, and Ms Kalthom Ahmad, from the Ministry of Education, focus on three facets of academic risk in order to gain insights that can help to improve teaching practice and promote the success of struggling students.
  • Associate Professor Kenneth Poon, Sub-Dean of the Office of Education Research, investigated that adults with developmental disabilities need an ecological and a life-span approach to support them into their adulthood from a young age. There will be a discussion on how schools can prepare such individuals for adulthood in a post-school transition phase as well.

Details of the Opening Ceremony and the list of distinguished keynote speakers and address abstracts are available in Annexe A and Annexe B, respectively.

Conference Strands

More than 340 presentations will be featured in the form of keynote addresses, paper sessions, workshops and symposia. These presentations are divided into the following strands:

  1. Civic and Moral Education
  2. Cognition and Learning
  3. Curriculum and Development
  4. Early Childhood Education
  5. Educational Policies and Practices
  6. Humanities and Social Studies Education
  7. IT in Education
  8. Language and Literacy Education
  9. Learning Sciences
  10. Mathematics Education
  11. School Change and Leadership
  12. Science Education
  13. Special Needs Education
  14. Student Performance and Assessment
  15. Teacher Quality and Teacher Development
  16. Visual and Performing Arts 

Media Coverage

3 June 2015

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