LEONG Wei Shin

Assistant Professor

Assistant Dean, Degree & Student Life

Office of Teacher Education (OTE), Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Office Location

PhD (2014) Jesus College, University of Cambridge


Contact Number
6790 3207

Research Interests
Assessment Progression, Formative Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Music and Mathematics Education, Creativity, Teacher's Knowledge, Expert Teachers

  • 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. 

  • Undergraduate course:

    AED236 Basic Assessment Literacy


    *NEW* MCT823 Assessment for Learning in Singapore: Critical Perspectives of Policy and Practice

    MCT803 Crafting the Curriculum: From Theory to Practice

    MCT801 Introduction to Curriculum Theory and Design

    MCT821 Mastering the Art of Authentic Assessments

    Management and Leadership (MLS Course)

    MLS015 Quality Assessment Rubrics

    MLS0001 Curriculum Making: From Design to Implementation

    Senior Teachers' Programme (STP)

    Leading Curriculum Making and Assessment

    Professional Development Course:

    ICT0300 - Assessment Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
    ICT0309 - Quality Assessment Rubrics
    ICT0005 - Reflective Practice for Beginning Teachers  Practitioner

  • Areas of supervision: Formative Assessment, Professional Learning Community, Arts/Music Education