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Manu Kapur

Head, LSL
67903280
manu.kapur@nie.edu.sg
NIE5-B3-49

Dr Manu Kapur is an Associate Professor in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) Academic Group and a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab (LSL) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore.

He received his doctorate in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York where he also completed a Master of Science in Applied Statistics. He also has a Master of Education from the NIE and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) from the National University of Singapore. His research takes a complexity-grounded perspective to study the ontology of individual and collective cognition.

He conceptualised the notion of Productive Failure and used it to explore the hidden efficacies in the seemingly failed effort of small groups solving ill-structured problems collaboratively in an online environment. His current research extends this line of work across the modalities of classroom settings in Singapore.: www.manukapur.com

BOOK CHAPTERS

Collins, A., & Kapur, M. (2013). Cognitive Apprenticeship. IN Sawyer, K. (ED.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (PP. xx-yy). London: Cambridge University Press.
Bielaczyc, K., Kapur, M., & Collins, A. (2013). Cultivating a Community of Learners in K-12 Classrooms. IN C. E. Hmelo-Silver, A. M. O’Donnell, C. Chan, & C. A. Chinn (EDS.), International Handbook of Collaborative Learning (PP. 233-249). New York: Routledge.
Jacobson, M. J., & Kapur, M. (2012). Learning Environments as Emergent Phenomena: Theoretical, Methodological, and Design Implications. IN D. Jonassen, & S. Land (EDS.), Theoretical Foundations of Learning Environments (PP. 303-334). New York: Routledge.
Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. (2011). A complexity-grounded model for the emergence of convergence in CSCL groups. IN S. Punatambekar, G. Erkens, & C. Hmelo-Silver (EDS.), Analyzing Interactions in CSCL: Methodologies, Approaches and Issues (PP. 3-25). New York: Springer.
Kapur, M (2009). Moving beyond the pedagogy of mathematics: Foregrounding epistemological concerns. IN B. Kaur, B. H. Yeap, & M. Kapur (EDS.), Mathematical Problem Solving (PP. 265-271). Singapore: World Scientific.
Kapur, M. (2009). The role of productive failure in mathematics teaching and learning. IN B. Kaur, B. H. Yeap, & M. Kapur (EDS.), Mathematical Problem Solving (PP. 43-68). Singapore: World Scientific.
Kapur, M. (2006). Creating authentic, interactive ICT-based learning resources: Multimedia design principles, learner-controlled hypermedia. IN Khine, M. S. (ED.), Teaching with Technology: Strategies for Engaging Learners (PP. 123-142). Singapore: Prentice Hall.

BOOKS

Kapur, M. (PRESS). Productive Failure (PP. 250). New Jersey: Springer.
Kaur, B., Yeap, B. H., & Kapur, M. (EDS.). (2009). Mathematical problem solving: Yearbook 2009 (PP. 250). Singapore: World Scientific.

CONFERENCE PAPERS PUBLISHED IN PROCEEDINGS

Toh, P.L.L, & Kapur, M. (2012, July). Examining the adequacy of students’ priors and teacher’s role in attention to critical features in designing for productive failure. IN van Aalst, J., Reiser, B.J., Hmelo-Silver, C., & Thompson, K. (EDS.) International Conference of the Learning Sciences, xx, x-y.
Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2012, July). Learning Innovation Diffusion as Complex Adaptive Systems through Model Building, Simulation, Game Play and Reflections. IN van Aalst, J., Reiser, B.J., Hmelo-Silver, C., & Thompson, K. (EDS.) International Conference of the Learning Sciences, xx, x-y.
Kapur, M., & Jacobson, M. J. (2010, June). Learning as an emergent phenomenon: Methodological implications. IN (EDS.) Proceedings of the International Conference on the Learning Sciences, x, x-y.
Kapur, M. (2010, January). Productive failure in learning the concept of variance. IN S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (EDS.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 32, 2727-2732.
Bielaczyc, K., & Kapur, M. (2009, June). Playing epistemic games: Examining core issues in knowledge building communities and productive failure. IN (EDS.) Proceedings of the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, 1, x-y.
Ng, S. H., & Kapur, M. (2009, June). Instructional design for learning of Chinese characters from a cognitive load theory perspective. IN (EDS.) Proceedings of the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, 1, x-y.
Kapur, M., & Lee, J. (2009, August). Designing for productive failure in mathematical problem solving. IN N. Taatgen & V. R. Hedderick (EDS.) Cognitive Science, 31, 2632-2637.
Kapur, M., & Rummel, N. (2009, January). The assistance dilemma in CSCL. IN (EDS.) Proceedings of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, 1, x.
Kapur, M. (2008, June). A complexity-grounded model for convergence in group discussions. IN Kirschner, P. A. (ED.) Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, 1, xx-yy.
Kapur, M., Dickson, L., & Toh, P. Y. (2008, July). Productive failure in mathematical problem solving. IN B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (EDS.) Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1, 1717-1722.
Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. (2007, July). Sensitivities to initial exchange in synchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) groups. IN C. A. Clark, G. Erkens, & S. Puntambekar (EDS.) Proceedings of the International Conference of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning, 0, 333-343.
Kapur, M., Hung, D., Jacobson, M., Voiklis, J., Kinzer, C., Chen, D-T. (2007, July). Emergence of learning in computer-supported, large-scale collective dynamics: A research agenda.. IN C. A. Clark, G. Erkens, & S. Puntambekar (EDS.) Proceedings of the International Conference of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning, 0, 323-332.
Kapur, M. (2006, July). Productive failure: A hidden efficacy of seemingly unproductive production. IN R. Sun (ED.) Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Conference, 0, 1587-1592.
Kapur, M. (2006, June). Productive failure. IN S. Barab, K. Hay, & D. Hickey (EDS.) Proceedings of the International Conference on the Learning Sciences, 0, 307-313.
Voiklis, J., Kapur, M., Kinzer, C., & Black, J. (2006, July). An emergentist account of collective cognition in collaborative problem solving. IN Sun, R. (ED.) Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Conference, 0, 858-863.

EDITORSHIPS OF CONFERENCE PROCEEDING

Kapur, M., Fu-Yun, Y., & Jianwei, Z. (ED.) (2012). Proceedings of the International Conference of Computers in Education: CSCL and the Learning Sciences. PROCEEDINGS OF THE International Conference of Computers in Education. Singapore
Hesse, F., & Kapur, M. (ED.) (2011). Proceedings of the International Conference of Computers in Education: CSCL and the Learning Sciences. PROCEEDINGS OF THE International Conference of Computers in Education. Thailand

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Kapur, M. (2012). Productive failure in learning the concept of variance. Instructional Science, 40,(4), 651-672.
Kapur, M., & Bielaczyc, K. (2012). Designing for Productive Failure. The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 21,(1), 45-83.
Kapur, M., & Rummel, N. (2012). Productive failure in learning and problem solving. Instructional Science, 40,(4), 645-650.
Kapur, M. (2011). A further study of productive failure in mathematical problem solving: Unpacking the design components. Instructional Science, 39,(4), 561-579.
Jacobson, M. J., Kapur, M., So, H. J., & Lee, J. (2011). The ontologies of complexity and learning about complex systems. Instructional Science, 39,(5), 763-783.
Kapur, M. (2011). Temporality matters: Advancing a method for analyzing problem-solving processes in a computer-supported collaborative environment. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL), 6,(1), 39-56.
Kapur, M (2010). Productive failure in mathematical problem solving. Instructional Science, 38,(6), 523-550.
Bielaczyc, K. & Kapur, M. (2010). Playing Epistemic Games in Science and Mathematics Classrooms. Journal of Educational Technology, 18,(), 19-25.
Kapur, M., Kinzer, C. (2009). Productive Failure in CSCL Groups. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL), 4,(1), 21-46.
Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. (2008). Sensitivities to early exchange in synchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) groups. Computers and Education, 51,(), 54-66.
Kapur, M. (2008). Productive Failure. Cognition and Instruction, 26,(3), 379-424.
Kapur, M., & Kinzer, C. (2007). The effect of problem type on interactional activity, inequity, and group performance in a synchronous computer-supported collaborative environment. Educational Technology Research and Development, 55,(5), 439-459.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Kapur, M. (2013, June). Supporting Active Learning and Technological Innovation in Science Education (SALTISE) Annual Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Learning from failure: pedagogical implications, Montreal, Canada.
Kapur, M. (2012, May). Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive Failure & Technology-mediated Designs, Canmore, Canada.
Kapur, M. (2012, July). International Conference of the Learning Sciences. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive Failure, Sydney, Australia.
Kapur, M. (2011, July). Singapore Schools South Zone Assessment for 21st Century Skills Leaders Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive failure in design problem solving, Singapore, Singapore.
Kapur, M. (2011, October). Mobility Shifts Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Digital media and learning: Stories from Singapore, New York, United States.
Kapur, M. (2010, November). Institute of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive Failure, Sydney, Australia.
Kapur, M. (2010, December). International Conference of Computers in Education (ICCE). KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive Failure in CSCL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kapur, M. (2010, November). Learning Technology Research Fest 2010. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive Failure, Sydney, Australia.
Kapur, M. (2010, September). Edutechnovation Conference, MOE Singapore. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Transforming Learning for the 21st Century, Singapore, Singapore.
Kapur, M. (2008, September). European Conference on Technology for Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Productive Failure, Mastricht, Netherlands.
Kapur, M. (2007, April). SchoolNet Japan Institute Conference. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, ICT-enabled Education in Singapore: IT Master Plans I and II, Nagoya, Japan.
Mathematical Cognition and Learning, Pedagogy, Learning from Failure, Design-Based Research