As a lecturer, researcher and teacher’s critical friend, Wei Shin sees himself as an intermediary for schools, Ministry of Education (MOE), National Institute of Education (NIE) and international education institutions in negotiating the ambiguities and complexities of curricular and assessment reforms, locally and internationally. Prior to joining NIE, Wei Shin was serving as Head of Aesthetics Department with a secondary school and a Unit Coordinator at Curriculum Planning and Development Division, MOE. His various positions and experience of seeing and hearing teacher's professional work and knowledge, has kept him from believing that the way, teaching, learning and assessment practices are in the classrooms and schools, is the way they must be.
Wei Shin currently teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive leadership and professional development courses on curriculum planning and implementation, basic and advanced assessment literacy, formative assessment and reflective practices. Wei Shin completed his Master of Education with NIE and Master of Music with Northwestern University in 2006, where he undertook research involving curricular design, assessment, cognition and applied statistics. Wei Shin was the recipient of MOE Undergraduate Scholarship and MOE Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship. He is a PhD graduand of Jesus College, University of Cambridge, on NIE Overseas Graduate Scholarship. His PhD research is on Singaporean teachers' conceptions and practices of classroom assessment. He was the Principal Investigator of a completed MOE Academies Fund (MAF) research study on assessment progression in music (see: http://www.nie.edu.sg/project/afr-03-14-lws). He has also just recently been appointed Principal Investigator of a large scale Education Research Funding Program (ERFP) research project on Assessment for Learning (see: http://www.nie.edu.sg/project/oer-12-15-ccd). As the focal contact person for NIE of the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in Asia Pacific (NEQMAP - http://www.unescobkk.org/education/quality-of-education/neqmap/), he has been invited by UNESCO to be their assessment specialist-representative and guest speaker on formative assessment and alignment of curriculum, assessment and teaching. He is also a council member of Epilepsy Caregroup, Singapore (https://www.epilepsycare.org/) and Qifa Primary School’s School Advisory Committee.
In his limited spare time, Wei Shin indulges in conversations with teacher friends, assembling and disassembling lego sets and compose songs. He wonders when he can learn to play a new musical instrument and pick up a foreign language.