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Karuppiah Nirmala

62196036
nirmala.karuppiah@nie.edu.sg
NIE2-02-17

Qualifications and Specialization

BA, MSc (Child Development & Early Childhood Education), EdD

Specialization: Early Childhood

Profile

Dr Karuppiah Nirmala (a.k.a. Nirmala Segaran) is a Lecturer at the Early Childhood and Special Education, National Institute of Education. She has served several years in the field of early childhood education, holding various positions including lecturer, practicum supervisor and researcher. Her areas of research interests include diversity, adult-child interactions and teaching-learning processes. She has conducted talks for parents and workshops for teachers as well as published books and CD-ROMs for teachers, parents and children. She has also presented at several local and international conferences, and published articles in local media and international journals. Her study and work experience span several countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, the UK and the US.

Email

nirmala.karuppiah@nie.edu.sg

BOOK CHAPTERS

Karuppiah, N. (2013). Assessment and culture. IN Pendergast, D. (ED.), Teaching early years: Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment (PP. 271-284). New South Wales: Allen and Unwin.

BOOKS

Berthelsen, D., Brownlee, J., & Karuppiah, N. (2011). Teaching beliefs and practices in early childhood education in Singapore (PP. 64). Singapore: Pearson Education.
N. Karuppiah (2011). Sparking curiosity through simple science activities (PP. 96). Singapore: Pearson Education.
N. Karuppiah (2011). Sparking creativity through simple art activities (PP. 56). Singapore: Pearson Education.
Karuppiah, N. (2010). Multicultural education: identifying training needs of pre-school teachers (PP. 225). Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing.
Yeap, B. H., Segaran, N. & Aziz, D. (2008). Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics (Standards Edition) Teacher's Guide A (PP. 294). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Education.
Yeap, B. H., Segaran, N., & Aziz, D. (2008). Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics (Standards Edition) Teacher's Guide B (PP. 232). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Education.
Karuppiah, N. (2004). Identifying Training Needs for Multicultural Education of Pre-School Teachers: A Singapore Case Study (PP. 225). Singapore: Author.
Segaran, N. (1998). Enriched Kindergarten Student Learning Plan (Tamil): Activity Books 1A & 1B (PP. 32). Singapore: Index Educational Supplies, People's Association & Longman.
Segaran, N. (1998). Enriched Kindergarten Student Learning Plan (Tamil): Text Books 1A & 1B (PP. 32). Singapore: Index Educational Supplies, People's Association & Longman.
Segaran, N. (1998). Enriched Kindergarten Student Learning Plan (Tamil): Text Books 2A & 2B (PP. 32). Singapore: Index Educational Supplies, People's Association & Longman.
Segaran, N. (ED.). (1998). Early Bird Talk-about Picture Charts: Where are they? (PP. 7). Singapore: Federal Publications.
Segaran, N. (1998). Enriched Kindergarten Student Learning Plan (Tamil): Activity Books 2A & 2B (PP. 32). Singapore: Index Educational Supplies, People's Association & Longman.
Chen, C., Segaran, N., Pannirselvam, K., Wee, S., Chan, J., Shah, K., Kothary, A. & Thomas, L. (Ed) (1996). Parents: the first teachers (PP. 55). Singapore: Association For Early Childhood Educators.

CONFERENCE PAPERS WITHOUT PROCEEDINGS

Karuppiah, N. (2014, September). Children’s computer habits and behaviours. PAPER PRESENTED AT Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2014, October). Child care staff’s and parent’s perception of quality infant/toddler care. PAPER PRESENTED AT ISSA International Conference 2014, Budapest.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, November). Children's computer habits and behaviours. PAPER PRESENTED AT ECDA Conference 2013, Singapore.
Chen, C. & Karuppiah, N. (2013, September). Voices of children: Childhood and Early Childhood Education. PAPER PRESENTED AT European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Tallinn.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, September). Computer habits and behaviour of young children in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT 23rd EECERA Conference: Vlaues, Culture amd Contexts, Tallinn.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, June). Children's computer habits and behaviours in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2013, Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, November). Children’s behaviours and habits during computer use. PAPER PRESENTED AT MOE Kindergarten Learning Forum 2012, Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, July). Assessment in the early years. PAPER PRESENTED AT 13th PECERA Conference 2012, National Institute of Education.
Karuppiah, N. (2011, September). Identifying teachers', parents' & children's perceptions on assessment in K1 & K2 classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT European Early Childhood Educational Research Association (EECERA) Conference 2011, Geneva.
Karuppiah, N. (2011, May). Developing baseline data about assessment practice in literacy/numeracy in primary 1 & primary 2: parents' perceptions. PAPER PRESENTED AT 4th Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2011, Singapore.
Karuppiah N. (2011, November). Teachers', parents' and children's perceptions of assessment in K1 and K2 classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT MOE Kindergarten Conference 2011, Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2011, March). Identifying perceptions of teachers, parents and students on assessments in lower primary classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Technology Education and Development (INTED) Conference 2011, Valencia.
Karuppiah, N. (2010, March). Parents' perceptions of assessment in P1/P2 classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Conference on Early Childhood Education (ICECE)on "Revealing the whole child: documentation with a purpose", Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2010, December). Parents' perception on assessments in lower primary classrooms in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT 2nd East Asian International Conference 2010 on "Teacher education for the future: international perspectives", Hong Kong.
Karuppiah, N. (2010, October). Parents' perceptions on existing and alternative assessment in numeracy & literacy in P1 & P2 classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT MCYS Childcare Seminar 2010 on "Scaling new heights in early child care and development", Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2009, August). Multicultural education of pre-school teachers in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Conference 2009 on "Diversities in early childhood education", Strasbourg, France.

GOVERNMENT REPORTS

Karuppiah, N. et al (2011). Early Years Development Framework for Childcare Centres. Singapore.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Karuppiah, N. (IN-PRESS). Childcare staff’s and parents’ beliefs about quality care for infants/toddlers in centre-based programmes in Singapore. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, in-press,(), 0-0.
Karuppiah, N. (2014). Computer habits and behaviours amoong young children in Singapore. Early Child Development and Care, DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.930451,(), 1-16.
Chen, C., & Karuppiah, N. (2013). Voices of children: On childhood and early education in Singapore. A Journal for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore), 00,(21), 13 to 22.
Karuppiah, N., & Berthelsen, D. (2011). Multicultural education of preschool teachers in Singapore. Australian Journal of Early Childhood Education, 36,(4), 38-42.
Berthelson, D., Brownlee, J., & Segaran, N. (2009). Child care worker's and centre director's beliefs about child care quality and professional training. Early Child Development and Care, 179,(4), 453-475.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Karuppiah, N. (2014, April). The State of Early Childhood Education in Cambodia. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Early Childhood Education Practices in Singapore, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Karuppiah, N. (2014, July). 12th Family Research Network Forum. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Childcare staff's and parent's perception of quality care for infants and toddlers in Singapore, Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, August). Seminar on Early Childhood Education in Asia and Finland. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Early Childhood Education in Singapore: Past, Present and Future, Tampere, Finland.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, May). MOE Kindergarten Conference 2012. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Science and creativity, Copthorne Hotel, Singapore, Singapore.

OTHERS

Karuppiah. N. (2014). Children's computer habits and behaviours in Singapore . Singapore: Vasantham Central.
Karuppiah, N. (2012). Preschool education in Singapore . Singapore: Channel 5 & Channel News Asia.
Karuppiah, N. (2012). Preschool education in Singapore . Singapore: Vasantham Central.
Segaran, N. (1997). Sorab and Rustum . Singapore: Times Learning Systems, Times Publishing Group.
Segaran, N. (1997). Zarc's Math Adventure . Singapore: Times Learning Systems, Times Publishing Group.
Segaran, N. (1996). Taro and His Grandmother . Singapore: Times Learning Systems, Times Publishing Group.

PROFESSIONAL ARTICLES

Karuppiah, N. (2013, June). The Straits Times Kids 'using gadgets at earlier age being exporsed to risks', , X, A3.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, February). Sunday Times My child the activist, , N.A., 6.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, March). Mother & Baby Rearing to go, , N.A., 48.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, August). Straits Times PM ‘glad’ many share his view on play for children, , XX, N.A..
Karuppiah, N. (2012, August). Today Study impact of preschool education: Experts, , XX, N.A..
Karuppiah, N. (2012, April). Mother & Baby Mum's black book: Flair play, , N.A., 97-100.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, September). Today A to-list for preschool education, , N.A., N.A..
Karuppiah, N. (2012, July). Sunday Times Walking in my father’s footsteps: Children who choose a career similar to their parent s’ say they are often inspired by their elders, , Sunday Times, N.A..
Karuppiah, N. (2012, September). Straits Times Play or cram?, , N.A., N.A..
Karuppiah, N. (2011, June). Young Parents Are you reading right? How do you nurture a good reader?, , June 2011, 50-53.
Karuppiah, N. (2010, September). Mother and Baby Wow, wow, web!, , September, 64-66.
Karuppiah, N., & , Yang, C. H. (2010, October). MyPaper Attending tuition is tiring, , October, B1 & B4.
Karuppiah, N. (2010, September). My Paper Few words but learning is not little; & Teaching using picture books has advantages, , September, B1 & B4.
Karuppiah, N. (2010, January). Mother and Baby Here grows!, , XX, 48-50.
Karuppiah, N. & Tay-Lim, J. (2009, June). My Paper Are ang moh schools better?, , 2 June 2009, B1 & B6.
Karuppiah, N., & Chia, N. (2009, December). Young Parents Headstart or false start?, , December 2009, 44-46.
Segaran, N. (2008, June). Sarada Kindergarten E-Newsletter Preschoolers and science, , 0, N.A.
Segaran, N. (2007, June). Singapore International Foundation E-Newsletter Feature stories: on a training mission to a foreign land, , 00, N.A.
Segaran, N. (Ed) (1996, January). Early Educators Early educators, , 00, N.A.

TECHNICAL REPORTS OR MONOGRAPHS

Karuppiah, N. (2014, February). Computer habits and behaviours among young children (K1 & K2) in singapore , , 65.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, June). Childcare staff’s and parents’ beliefs and perceptions about quality care for infants/toddlers in centre-based programs in Singapore , , 41.
Karuppiah, N., Jesuvadian, M. K., and Tay-Lim, J. (2011, September). Developing baseline data on teachers', parents' and students' perceptions of existing and alternative assessment in literacy and numeracy in P1 and P2 classrooms in Singapore , , 0.
Berthelson, D., Brownlee, J., & Segaran, N. (2006, July). Teachers' beliefs and practices in early childhood education programs in Singapore , , 32.

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

Karuppiah, N. (2014, March). Putting your degree to work: Improving the lives of children outside the classroom..
Kaurppiah, N. (2014, November). Singapore Kindergarten Impact Project (SKIP).
Karuppiah, N. (2013, May). 4th Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC): The Transition from Preschool to Primary School.
Karuppiah, N. (2013, September). Computers and young children.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, January). Sparking creativity through art activities.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, January). Sparking curiosity through science activities.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, January). Science expereinces for young children.
Karuppiah, N. (2012, February). Presentation of final teachnical reports.
Karuppiah, N. (2009, October). Making language lessons come alive with simple teacher-made props.
Karuppiah, N. (2008, January). Teaching science to young children.
Karuppiah, N. (2008, January). Art for leisure.
Segaran, N. (2001, January). Teaching science to young chidlren.
Segaran, N. (2001, January). Teaching science to young children.
Shah, K., Wee, S., Segaran, N., & Cheh, E. (1998, January). Using puppets to teach English to young children.