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TAN Aik Ling

Assistant Dean, Professional Development
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Prior to teaching at NIE in 2007, Aik Ling taught Biology and Lower Secondary General Science at River Valley High School for 10 years. She was the subject head in charge of Media Resource Library, and later of Thinking and Project Work. She worked in developing young scientists interested in science projects.

Aik Ling spent two years at (2005-2006) CRPP, working on research projects, including one that deals with Science Practical Assessment and another one which examines the infusion of nature of science and ethics of science into the science curriculum.

Her current research interests deals with students’ perspectives and ideas about science as inquiry and how they construct their learning experiences through co-generative dialogues with their teachers. The students’ science learning experiences are studied through their classroom interactions, their ideas articulated at co-generative dialogue sessions, and their performance during term assessment. 

Academic Background

  • PhD, 2006 (Nanyang Technological University)
  • MEd., 1998 (University of Sheffield)
  • PGDE, 1994 (Nanyang Technological University)
  • BSc. 1993 (National University of Singapore)

Professional Organisations

  • The Singapore Institute of Biology
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
  • American Education Research Association
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Awards

  • Participated in the Fulbright Visiting Researcher Program in 2010/11 to study with A/P Barbara Crawford in Cornell University.
  • NARST International Committee Scholarship 2011
  • Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009

Courses

Graduate Level

  • MSC 882 Research Methods in Science Education
  • MSC 884 Curriculum, instruction and evaluation
  • MSC 885 Science Education Research Problem Identification, Definition and Exploration
  • MMM 800 Critical Inquiry
  • SC 833 Interaction and Discourse in Educational Research

Post-Graduate Diploma in Education

  • QCB 520 The teaching of Biology I
  • QCB 521 The teaching of Biology II
  • QCB 522 The teaching of Biology III
  • QCB 540 The teaching of JC Biology I
  • QCB 541 The teaching of JC Biology II

Undergraduate Program

  • ACB 322 The teaching of Biology II
  • ACB 422 The teaching of Biology III
  • Research Interests
  • Classroom interaction in the science classroom and laboratory.
  • Elementary science education, especially inquiry-based learning
  • Science teacher professional development

Research Grants

Grant Number

Title

Duration

Role

 SMF Sci-learning env

 Science learning environment and assessment: Partnership for effective teaching and learning

 Sept 2011- present

 Principal Investigator

OER20/10 TAL

Partnership for change towards science inquiry in elementary science classrooms: Collective responsibility of teachers and students

April 2011- present

Principal Investigator

OER37/09HHQ

 Pedagogy and disciplinarity of Singaporean teachers’ classroom discourse: A corpus-based integrated approach

June 2010- present

Co-principal Investigator

 

OER4/09KM 

Enhancing inquiry-based teaching through collaboration between pre-service and in-service teachers

October 2009- 2011

(Completed)

Co-principal Investigator

R8010.735.ES.08 

Making meaning of environmental science through Computer-supported Collaborative Learning

Jan 2008 – 2011

(Completed)

Collaborator

RI 1/07 MW 

Video pedagogy for enhancing pre-service science teacher education.

December 2007-2010

(Completed)

Collaborator

 

CRP 9/07 TAL 

Teacher agency for professional development.

October 2007- 2009

(Completed)

Principal Investigator

R6/06SL 

Examining teachers’ understanding of inquiry based learning in primary schools

2006-2010

(Completed)

Collaborator

 

CRP 01/06PT 

Transforming science practical pedagogy and practice through innovative departmental planning

March 2006-2008

(Completed)

Collaborator

 

CRP22/05TAL 

An insight into science philosophy and ethics education for girls in Singapore

2006- 2008

(Completed)

Principal Investigator

 

CRP13/04MO 

Science Education Research at CRPP: A Framework.

2005-2008

(Completed)

Principal Investigator

Professional Activities

  • Managing Editor – Pedagogies: An International Journal
  • Editorial Board – Cultural Studies and Science Education

Graduate Supervision

  • Doctor in Education – Timothy Hsi (Associate Director, University Counselor, Singapore Management University)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education) – Frederick Toralballa Talaue (Research Associate, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education) – Tan Hong Kim (Teaching Fellow, Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education) – Tan Poh Hiang (Teaching Fellow, Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education)

Conferences and Workshops

 American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada

 15-19 April 2012

National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida

3 – 7 April 2011

Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Sydney

6-8 December 2010

North American Association for Environmental Education, Buffalo

28-29 September 2010

 

International Science Education Conference, 2009, Singapore

24-26 November 2009

 

National Science Teachers Association Boston National Conference 2008, Boston

27-30 March 2008

 

Conference of Asian Science Education, Kaohsiung

20-23 February 2008

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Talaue, F. T., Kim, M., & Tan, A.-L. (2015). Finding common ground during collaborative problem solving: Pupils engagement in scenario-based problem solving. IN Y.H. Cho et al (ED.), Authentic problem solving and learning in the 21st century (PP. 133-151). Dordrecht: Springer.
Tan, A.-L. (2015). In-service teacher education. IN Gunstone, R. (ED.), Encyclopedia of science education (PP. 516-518). Dordrecht: Springer.
Tan, A. L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2014). Science teacher education and science as inquiry: Promises and dilemma. IN Lin, C.-Y., & Wang R.-J. (EDS.), Innovations in science teacher education in Asia Pacific (Advances in research on teaching) (PP. 147-161). WA: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Crawford, B. A., Capps, D. K., van Driel, J., Lederman, N., Lederman, J., Luft, J., Wong, S., Tan, A. L., Lim, S. S. L., Loughran, J., & Smith, K. (2014). Learning to teach science as inquiry: Developing an evidence-based framework for effective teacher professional development. IN C. Bruguiere et al. (ED.), Topics and trends in current science education: 9th ESERA conference selected contributions (PP. 193-211). Dordrecht: Springer.
Tan, P. H., & Tan, A.-L. (2014). Teachers' ideas and concerns with assessment practices in inquiry science. IN Tan, A.-L., Poon, C. L., & Lim, S. S. L (EDS.), Inquiry into the Singapore science classroom: Reseach and practices (PP. 58-80). Dordrecht: Springer.
Tan, A.-L., Talaue, F., & Kim, M. (2014). From transmission to inquiry: Influence of curriculum demands on in-service teachers' perception of science as inquiry. IN Tan, A.-L., Poon, C. L., & Lim, S. S. L (EDS.), Inquiry into the Singapore science classroom: Research and practices (PP. 101 - 120). Dordrecht: Springer.
Tan, S.C., & Tan, A.L. (2011). Developing students' new literacies with Computer-Supported Collaborative Argumentation. IN Ho, M.L.C., Anderson, K.T. & Leong, A.P. (EDS.), Transforming literacies and language: Innovative technologies, integrated experiences. (PP. 105-121). London: Continuum.
Tan, A.-L., & Tan, S.-C. (2011). Conversation Analysis as a tool to understand online social encounters. IN Daniel, B. K. (ED.), A handbook of research on methods and techniques for studying virtual communities: Paradigms and phenomena (PP. 248-266). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Tan, A.-L. (2010). Science education research in Singapore: Adapting to the winds of change. IN Lee, Y.-J. (ED.), Handbook of research in science education: Science education research in Asia (PP. 51-70). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Tan, K.C.D., Lee, Y.-J., & Tan, A.-L. (2009). Environmental education in Singapore: Learning to manage urban landscapes and futures. IN N. Taylor, R.K. Coll, M. Littledike, & C. Eames (EDS.), Environmental education in context: An international perspective of the development of environmental education (PP. 243-251). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Tan, A. L., & Tan, S. C. (2008). Authority and transmission versus knowledge building: Dilemma in learning science. IN Lee, Y. J., & Tan, A. L. (EDS.), Science education at the nexus of theory and practice (PP. 239-251). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Tan, A. L., & Towndrow, P. A. (2008). A mainstream science teacher's perspective on teaching a student with a physical disability. IN Wright, S., Cohen, L., & Poon, K. (EDS.), Special education: Perspectives and practice (PP. 198-208). Singapore: Prentice Hall.
Tan, A. L., & Soong, L. (2006). The language of science: Alternative lenses to examining the learning of science. IN W. Bokhorst-Heng, M. Osborne, & K. Lee (EDS.), Redesigning Pedagogies: Reflections on theory and praxis. (PP. 261-270). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Ismail, M., & Tan, A. L. (2006). Snapshots from the normal technical world: An ethnographic study of low-track students in Singapore. IN W. Bokhorst-Heng, M. Osborne, & K. Lee (EDS.), Redesigning Pedagogies: Reflections on theory and praxis (PP. 73-88). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Osborne, M., Tan, A. L., & Kwek, B. K. (2006). The mechanics of teaching: Weaving in primary one. IN W. Bokhorst-Heng, M. Osborne, & K. Lee (EDS.), Redesigning Pedagogies: Reflections on theory and praxis (PP. 159-174). Rotterdam: Sense Publisher.
Tan, A. L., & Kan, G. Y. (1997). Reading across the curriculum. IN G.M. Jacobs, C. Davis, & W. A. Renandya (EDS.), Successful strategies for extensive reading (PP. 81-89). Singapore: SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

BOOKS

Tan, A.-L., Wong, H.-M., & Tan, S.-C. (EDS.). (2009). Action research: Empowering my practice in teaching science (PP. 96). Singapore: National Institute of Education.
Lee, Y.-J., & Tan, A.-L. (EDS.). (2008). Science education at the nexus of theory and practice (PP. 400). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

CONFERENCE PAPERS PUBLISHED IN PROCEEDINGS

Tan, A.-L., Chang, C.-H., & Teng, P. (2015, June). Tensions and dilemmas in teacher professional development. IN Isman, A. (ED.) 5th International Conference on New Horizons in Education -INTE 2014, 174, 1583-1591.
Chen, Z., Chan, Y.M., Tan, A.L. (2014, November). A Review on Plant Science Education in Singapore. IN Lee, Y.-J., Lim, N. T-L., Tan, K. S., Chu, H. E., Lim, P. Y., Lim, Y.H., & Tan, I. (EDS.) Proceedings of the International Science Education Conference 2014, 1, 236-278.
Tan, A.-L., & Tan, S.-C. (2013, June). 6E inquiry science: Marriage of cognitive science and learning sciences. IN Childress et al. (ED.) Proceedings of the AECT International Conference on the Frontier in eLearning Research 2013, 1, 1-8.
Chang, C.H., Teng, P.P.S., & Tan, A.L. (2013, November). Uncovering why Teachers in Singapore Participate in Professional Development Activities. IN Olajide, F. (ED.) London International Conference on Education 2013 Proceedings, -, 66 - 69.
Tan, P. H., & Tan, A. L. (2011, October). Assessing students' learning of primary science in the multicultural context of Singapore: Considerations influencing task selection for formative assessment. IN International Association for Educational Assessment (ED.) Proceedings of 37th international conference of Internatioanl Association of Educational Assessment, 1, 1-10.
Kim, M., Tan, A.-L., & Talaue, F. (2010, July). New vision, practice, and challenges of inquiry-based curriculum in Singapore. IN (EDS.) 59th conference of Korean Elementary Science Education: International Seminar on Science Education 2010, 1, 71-80.
Tan, A.-L., Wettisinghe, M., Tan, S.-C., & Hassan, M. (2010, December). Reflection of teaching: A glimpse through the eyes of pre-service science teachers. IN Steel, C., Keppell, M.J., & Gerbic, P. (EDS.) Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010, 1, 1-12.
Yeo, J., Lee, Y. J., Tan A. L., Tan, S. C., & Lum, S. (2009, June). Analyzing CSCL-mediated science argumentation: How different methods matter. IN O'Malley, C., Reimann, P., & Suthers, D. (EDS.) 8th International Conference on Computer-supported Collaborative Learning, 1, 113-117.
Wong, H.-M., & Tan, A.-L. (2009, April). You made us think, think, think!: An illustration of questioning and its impact on interaction in the elementary science classroom. IN Czerniak, C. M., Duschl, R. A., Kyle, W. C., & Sondergeld, T. (EDS.) Proceedings of the NARST 2009 Annual Meeting, **, 204.
Tan, A. L. (2008, February). Professional development of science teachers: What matters?. IN Liu, C.-J (ED.) Proceedings for Conference of Asian Science Education 2008, 1, 1-5.
Poon, C. L., Tan, A. L., & Lee, Y. J. (2008, February). Scissors, paper, stone: How students deal with conceptual conflicts in an inquiry-based activity. IN Liu Chia-Ju (ED.) Proceedings of Conference of Asian Science Education 2008, 1, 1-5.
Tan, S.C., & Tan, A.L. (2007, October). Building on BSCS 5E Inquiry science with knowledge building: Conceptualisation of a collaborative science inquiry model. IN B.Chang, A. Kashihara, J.Kay, J.Lee, T. Matsui, R.Okamoto, D. Suthers, & F.Y. Yu (EDS.) ICCE 2007 Supplementary proceedings, 2, 247-251.
Tan, A. L., Seah, L. H., & Tan, B. C. (2006, November). 'Let's think like a scientist!': Issues of school science. IN Lee, Y. J., Tan, A. L., & Ho, B. T. (EDS.) International Science Education Conference 2006, 1, 840-848.
Tan, A. L., & Towndrow, P. A. (2006, May). Giving students a voice in science practical assessments. IN International Association for Education Assessment (ED.) 32nd International Association for Educational Assessment Conference, 1, 1-7.
Lee, Y. J., Tan, A. L., Tan, K. C. D., & Tan, S. C. (2006, November). Educational research for the fainthearted. IN Lee, Y. J., Tan, A. L., & Ho, B. T. (EDS.) International Science Education Conference 2006, 1, 508-514.
Tan, A. L., & Tan, S. C. (2006, November). 'But I have not started teaching!': Knowledge building perils. IN Lee, Y. J., Tan, A. L., & Ho, B. T. (EDS.) International Science Education Conference, 1, 840-848.

CONFERENCE PAPERS WITHOUT PROCEEDINGS

Cheah, Y. H., Tan, A. L., & Lee, P. P F. (2015, January). Forms of interactions in scientific argumentative discourse: Pre-service and in-service teachers.. PAPER PRESENTED AT Education and Humanities Conference 2015, Barcelona.
Lee, P. P. F., Tan, A.-L., & Cheah, Y. H. (2015, January). Forms of interaction and their impact on in-service science teachers argumentative discourse. PAPER PRESENTED AT Teaching and Learning Forum 2015, Perth.
Zhai, J., & Tan, A.-L. (2014, November). Inquiring into the roles of teachers in elementary science classrooms: A case study in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2014, Singapore.
Ong, O. J. J., & Tan, A.-L. (2014, November). Students experiences with school science in elementary school. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2014, Singapore.
Tan, A.-L., & Tan, S. C. (2014, August). Naturalistic interaction of pre-service teachers in the socio-cognitive and technological interface: Missing opportunities for critical use of online resources. PAPER PRESENTED AT 2014 Knowledge Building Summer Institute, Quebec.
Talaue, F., & Tan, A.-L. (2014, November). A pedagogy of responsive listening and creative thinking: The expressions of teh dialogic in a primary science classroom. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2014, Singapore.
Talaue, F., & Tan, A.-L. (2014, April). Inquiry pedagogical frames: A heuristic for science teaching in primary classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburg.
Lee, P. P.-F., Tan, A.-L., & Cheah, Y.-H. (2014, July). Forms of interaction and their impact on science pre-service teachers' argumentation discourse in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT Australasian Science Education Research Association, Melboune.
Lee, P. P. F., Tan, A.-L., & Cheah, Y. H. (2014, November). Forms of interaction and their impact on science pre-service teachers’ argumentative discourse in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2014, Singapore.
A.-L., Tan, Lee, P. P. F., & Cheah, Y. H. (2014, December). Arguing to learn content and arguing to apply content: Forms of interaction. PAPER PRESENTED AT Second IHPST Asian Regional Conference, Taipei.
Cheah, Y.-H., Tan, A.-L., & Lee, P. P.-F. (2014, July). Supporring scientific argumentation in pre-service teachers: A case-stdudy in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT The International Conference of Science Education and Teachers, Phuket.
Jocz, J., Zhai, J., & Tan, A.-L. (2014, April). How popular media influences students' images of scientists. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburg.
Lee, P. P F., Cheah, Y. H., & Tan, A.-L. (2014, November). Forms of interaction in scientific pre-service teachers' argumentative discourse: A case study. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2014, Singapore.
Jocz, J., Zhai, J., & Tan, A.-L. (2013, June). Motivating students in school science: Understanding staudents views of scientists and school science. PAPER PRESENTED AT Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2013, Singapore.
Zhai, J., Jocz, J., & Tan, A.-L. (2013, June). Tensions in elementary science classrooms: Investigating the roles of teachers and students. PAPER PRESENTED AT Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2013, Singapore.
Zhai, J., Jocz, J., & Tan, A.-L. (2013, September). Primary students' perception about doing science in school. PAPER PRESENTED AT 10th European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Biennial Conference, Nicosia.
Talaue, F., Tan, A.-L., & Ong, O.J.J (2013, June). Locating the teacher-self in the discourse of primary school science. PAPER PRESENTED AT Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2013, Singapore.
Talaue, F., & Tan, A.-L. (2013, July). Positioning to teach science through inquiry. PAPER PRESENTED AT Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference 2013, Wellington.
Talaue, F. T., & Tan, A.-L. (2013, September). Collective ambivalence toward inquiry-based science teaching: An intention study among primary teachers. PAPER PRESENTED AT 10th European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Biennial Conference, Nicosia.
Jocz, J., Zhai, J., & Tan, A. L. (2013, April). Beyond hands-on: The importance of relevance and discussion in promoting students' interest in school science. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Puerto Rico.
Tan, P. H., & Tan, A.-L. (2013, September). Case study of a primary science teacher's view and enactment of formative assessment in the scinece classroom. PAPER PRESENTED AT 10th European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Biennial Conference, Nicosia.
Talaue, F., Tan, A.-L., & Ong, O.J.J (2013, September). Exploring primary science teachers' practice-linked identities. PAPER PRESENTED AT 10th European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Biennial Conference, Nicosia.
Tan, A.-L., & Tan, P. H. (2013, June). Formative assessment in elementary science classrooms: Issues and dilemma. PAPER PRESENTED AT Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2013, Singapore.
Tan, A. L. (2012, March). Science teacher education and science as inquiry: Promises and dilemma (Keynote Address). PAPER PRESENTED AT Asia Pacific Conference on Innovation in Science Teacher Education, Taipei.
Talaue, F., Tan, A.-L., & Kim, M. (2012, April). Identity as teachers of inquiry science: Small stories and interpretive repertoires as discusive resources. PAPER PRESENTED AT 2012 AERA Annual Meeting, Vancouver.
Tan, A.-L., & Hong, H. Q. (2012, April). Learning science in high school: What is actually going on?. PAPER PRESENTED AT 2012 AERA Annual Meeting, Vancouver.
Tan, P. H., & Tan, A.-L. (2012, March). Factors affecting primary science teachers' enactment of formative assessment: Reality and professional decision making. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis.
Tan, A.-L., & Lim, S. S. L (2011, September). Learning about science inquiry by inquiring into science: An experiential approach. PAPER PRESENTED AT European Science Education Research Association, Lyon.
Tan, H. K., Tan, A.-L., & Wong, A. F. L. (2011, September). Students' learning outcomes in biology: Effects of the laboratory learning environment. PAPER PRESENTED AT European Science Education Research Association, Lyon.
Tan, A. L., Kim, M., & Talaue, F. (2011, April). Scenario-based inquiry: Amalgamating science and everyday life. PAPER PRESENTED AT American Education Research Association, New Orleans.
Tan, A.-L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2011, April). Supporting teachers in teaching science as inquiry: What is the evidence for effective professional development (Singapore). PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
Kim, M., Tan, A.-L., & Talaue, F. (2011, April). The archilles' heel of science inquiry in elementary classrooms: Teachers' beliefs and dilemmas. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, Florida.
Kim, M., Tan, A.-L., & Talaue, F. (2011, May). Science as inquiry: Dilemmas of professional practice among elementary science teachers. PAPER PRESENTED AT 4th Redesigning Pedagogy Conference, Singapore.
Kim, M., Tan, A. L., & Talaue, F. (2011, April). Knowledge outcomes versus inquiry process: The gap between new goal and old habit. PAPER PRESENTED AT American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.
Tan, A. L., & Teo, T. W. (2011, April). Meta-reflecting on the realities of curriculum and teaching: Stories from Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, Florida.
Tan, A. L., & Crawford, B. (2010, September). Resources used by children in environmental decision making. PAPER PRESENTED AT 7th Annual Reseach Symposium, North American Association for Environmental Education, Buffalo-Niagara.
Lim, S. S. L., Tan, A. L., & Diong, C. H. (2010, October). Improving knowledge generation, critique and justification among graduate students in a zoological science course.. PAPER PRESENTED AT 23rd Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Biology Education, Singapore.
Poon, C. L., Lee, Y.-J., Tan, A. L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2009, April). A pedagogical framework for teaching science as inquiry in a Singapore primary school. PAPER PRESENTED AT Annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Anaheim.
Kim, M. & Tan, A.-L. (2009, April). Specialist or generalist: The dilemma of elementary science teaching. PAPER PRESENTED AT American Education Research Association (AERA), San Diego, USA.
Wong, H. M., & Tan, A. L. (2009, June). "Didn't get expected answer, rectify it": Using inquiry science to teach canonical science. PAPER PRESENTED AT 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009, Singapore.
Poon, C. L., Tan, A. L., Lee, Y. J., & Lim, S. S. L. (2009, November). Characterizing inquiry science @ Temasek Primary. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2009, Singapore.
Tan, A. L., Wettasinghe, M., Tan, S. C., & Mazlan, H. (2009, June). Using video technology as a catalyst to developing teaching skills in pre-service science teachers. PAPER PRESENTED AT 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009, Singapore.
Tan, A. L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2009, June). Pre-service science teachers' ideas about science and science inquiry. PAPER PRESENTED AT 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2009, Singapore.
Tan, A. L. (2008, March). Planning and implementing laboratory activities for low-achieving middle school students: A Singapore story. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Science Teachers' Association Boston National Conference, Boston.
Freebody, P., & Tan, A. L. (2008, May). Building knowledge in classroom talk: Shuttling lexicon, genre, and interactional format. PAPER PRESENTED AT Combined Sydney Universities Language Research Group, Sydney.
Tan, S.C. & Tan, A.L. (2008, February). Knowledge building discourse in science classrooms. PAPER PRESENTED AT Conference of Asian Science Education, Kao Hsiung.
Wong, H.-M., & Tan, A. L. (2008, November). ?Didn?t Get Expected Answer, Rectify It?: Case of Using Inductive Science Activity to Teach Science Content. PAPER PRESENTED AT The 3rd International Conference on Science Education for the Next Society, Seoul.
Towndrow, P., Tan, A. L., & Cohen, L. (2008, March). Breaking down teacher isolation in the teaching and assessment of secondary school science: A Singapore case study. PAPER PRESENTED AT National Science Teachers' Association Boston National Conference, Boston.
Lee, Y.-J., Yeo, J., Tan, S. C., Tan, A. L., & Lum, S. (2008, August). Knowledge building in the nature of science: A preliminary report from four primary schools in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT Knowledge Building Summer Institute, Toronto.
Tan, A. L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2007, May). Views about inquiry based science in schools: What are they?. PAPER PRESENTED AT CRPP Conference "Redesigning Pedagogy: Culture, knowledge and understanding, Singapore.
Tan, A. L. (2007, May). Power relationships in the learning of biology: Who is in control?. PAPER PRESENTED AT Qualitative Inquiry Congress, Illinois.
Lim, S. S. L., Tan, A. L., & Poon, C. L. (2007, June). Scientific thinking in school curriculum: an answer to 21st century science education?. PAPER PRESENTED AT 21st Pacific Science Congress, Okinawa.
Towndrow, P. A., & Tan, A. L. (2006, November). Transforming science practical assessment practices in Singapore through innovative departmental planning. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Science Education Conference 2006 - Science Education: What works?, Singapore.
Teng, P. S., Lim, S. S. L., & Tan, A. L. (2006, November). Professional development for teachers - The Singapore experience. PAPER PRESENTED AT International Conference on Science Education for the Next Society, Seoul.
Tan, A. L., Tan, S. C., & Ow, E. G. (2006, August). Why the spiral moved? - Seeking for knowledge building. PAPER PRESENTED AT Summer Institute - Knowledge Building, Toronto.
Towndrow, P. A., Venthan, A. M., & Tan, A. L. (2005, May). Designing tasks to teach science practical skills at lower secondary level in Singapore. PAPER PRESENTED AT Redesigning Pedagogies: Research, policy, practice, Singapore.
Tan, A. L., & Kaiser, B. (2004, June). Engaging in scientific research encourages creativity, innovation, and enterprise in high school students, k-12 teachers, and their mentor scientists.. PAPER PRESENTED AT Gifted Education Conference, Singapore.
Freebody, P., & Tan, A. L. (2004, May). The importance of classroom based research in the search for educational excellence. PAPER PRESENTED AT Global Conference on Excellence in Education and Training, Singapore.
Freebody, P., & Tan, A. L. (2004, June). Interacting, congition, and knowing: Reconsidering the relationship between classroom talk and thinking. PAPER PRESENTED AT Thinking Quality Initiative- 5th Conference, Hong Kong.
Tan, A. L. (2004, November). Bridging the language gap in the biology classroom. PAPER PRESENTED AT Biology in Asia Conference, Singapore.

EDITORSHIPS OF CONFERENCE PROCEEDING

Kim, M., Hwang, S., & Tan, A. L. (ED.) (2009). International Science Education Conference 2009. PROCEEDINGS OF THE Proceedings of the International Science Education Conference 2009. Singapore
Lee, Y.-J., Tan, A. L., & Ho, B. T. (ED.) (2006). International science education conference 2006.. PROCEEDINGS OF THE International science education conference. Singapore

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Tan, A.-L., & Hong, H. Q. (IN-PRESS). Learning science in high school: What is actually going on?. International Journal of Science Education, DOI:10.1080/09500693.2013.823676,(in press), In press.
Tan, A.-L. (2015). Science as inquiry: Partnership for change in the 21st century. International Journal of Science Educators and Teachers, 1,(1), 3-9.
Chang, C.H., Teng, P., Tan, A.L., Joiko, S., Chan, Y.W. & Poh, M.S. (2014). Uncovering Singapore Teachers’ Motivation to Participate in Professional Development Activities. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 5,(1), 1369 - 1375.
Zhai, J., Jocz, J., & Tan, A.-L.* (2014). "Am I like a scientist?": Primary children's images of doing science in school. International Journal of Science Education, 36,(3-4), 553 - 576.
Jocz, J., Zhai, J., & Tan, A.-L.* (2014). Inquiry learning in the Singaporean context: Factors affecting student interest in school science. International Journal of Science Education, 36,(15), 2596-2618.
Teo, T. W., & Tan, A.-L. (2014). Tribute to Christine Chin. Cultural Studies of Science Education, DOI 10.1007/s11422-013-9563-y,(), ().
Tan, A.-L., & Leong, W. F. (2014). Mapping curriculum innovation in STEM schools to assessment requirements: Tensions and dilemmas. Theory into Practice, 53,(1), 11-17.
Zhai, J., & Tan, A.-L.* (2014). Roles of teachers in orchestrating learning in elementary science classrooms. Research In Science Education, iFirst,(), 10.1007/s11165-014-9451-9.
Tan, A.-L., Kim, M., & Talaue, F. (2013). Grappling with issues of learning science from everyday experiences: An illustrative case. The Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Exploration, 13,(Spring 2013), 165-188.
Lin, T.-J., Tan, A.-L.*, & Tsai, C.-C. (2013). A cross-cultural comparison of Singaporean and Taiwanese eighth graders' science learning self-efficacy from a multidimensional perspective. International Journal of Science Education, 35,(7-8), 1083-1109.
Kim, M., Tan, A.-L.,* & Talaue, F. (2013). New vision and challenges in inquiry-based curriculum change in Singapore. International Journal of Science Education, 35,(2), 289-311.
Poon, C. L., Lee, Y. J., Tan, A. L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2012). Knowing inquiry as practice and theory: Developing a pedagogical framework with elementary school teachers. Research in Science Education, 42,(2), 303-327.
Tan, A.-L., Lim, S. S. L., & Teng, S. P. P. (2012). Re-examining the role of institutes of education in science teachers' continuing professional development: A Singapore perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Educational Development, 1,(2), 7-16.
Tan, A.-L., & Wong, H.-M. (2012). "Didn't get expected answer, rectify it.": Teaching science content in an elementary science classroom using hands-on activities.". International Journal of Science Education, 34,(2), 197-222.
Kim, M., & Tan, A.-L. (2011). Rethinking difficulties of teaching inquiry-based practical work: stories from elementary pre-service teachers. International Journal of Science Education, 33,(4), 465-486.
Teo, T. W., & Tan, A. L. (2011). Realities of curriculum and teaching: Revelations from Singapore teachers' meta-reflections. US-China Education Review B, 1,(5), 601-612.
Tan, A.-L. (2011). Home culture, science, school and science learning: Is reconciliation possible?. Cultural Studies and Science Education, 6,(3), 559-567.
Tan, A.-L., Tan, S.-C., & Wettasinghe, M. (2011). Learning to be a science teacher: Reflections and lessons from video-based instruction. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27,(3), 446-462.
Poon, C. L., Toh, F. M., & Tan, A.-L.* (2010). Bees in the news: Connecting classroom science to real-life issues. Science Scope, 33,(9), 64-67.
Towndrow, P. A., Tan, A. L.*, Yung, B. H. W., & Cohen, L. (2010). Science teachers' professional development and changes in science practical assessment practices: What are the issues?. Research in Science Education, 40,(2), 117-132.
Poon, C.-L., Tan, D., & Tan, A.-L.* (2009). Classroom management and inquiry-based learning: Finding the balance. Science Scope, 32,(9), 18-21.
Tan, A.-L., & Towndrow, P. (2009). Catalyzing student-teacher interactions and teacher learning in science practical formative assessment using digital video technology. Teaching and Teacher Education, 25,(), 61-67.
Lyna, K., Chia, T. C., Tan, A. L., Chia, L. S., & Goh, N. K. (2008). Electromagnetism: Abstract concepts come to life. Physics Education, 43,(5), 469-470.
Towndrow, P. A., Tan, A. L., & Venthan, A. M. (2008). Promoting inquiry through science reflective journal writing. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 4,(3), 279-283.
Lyna, K., Chia, T. C., Chia, L. S., Goh, N. K., & Tan, A. L. (2008). Demonstrate Lenz's law with an aluminium ring. Physics Education, 43,(1), 19-21.
Albright, J., Towndrow, P. A., Kwek, D., & Tan, A. L. (2008). Identity and agency in science education: Reflections from the far side of the world. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 3,(1), 145-156.
Tan, A. L. (2008). Tension in the biology laboratory: What are they?. International Journal of Science Education, 30,(12), 1661-1676.
Tan, A. L., & Wong, S. (2007). Did the beanstalk really reach the sky? Using fairy tales to teach science. Science Scope, 31,(1), 72-74.
Tan, A. L., Towndrow, P. A. (2006). Towards a SPA-infused pedagogy: Giving students a voice through digital video editing and critique. SingTeach, June 2006,(N/A), N/A.
Tan, S.C., & Tan, A.L. (2006). Conversational analysis as an analytical tool for face-to-face and online conversations.. Educational Media International, 43,(4), 347-362.
Stott, K., & Tan, A. L. (1999). Exploring teacher job satisfaction in a Singapore secondary school. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development, 2,(1), 41-49.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Tan, A.-L. (2014, July). The International Conference of Science Education and Teachers. KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Science as inquiry: Partnership for change in 21st century, Phuket, Thailand.

OTHERS

Lim, N., Tan, A.L., Chen, Z., Tan, B.C. (2015). Science Education Videos by NSSE AG: Vertebrate Mammals in Singapore . Singapore: YouTube (Singapore NIE).
Chen, Z., Tan, A.L., Lim, N., Tan, B.C. (2015). Science Education Videos by NSSE AG: Evolution of plants . Singapore: YouTube (Singapore NIE).
Tan, B.C., Tan, A.L., Chen, Z., Lim, N. (2015). Science Education Videos by NSSE AG: Life Sciences in Singapore . Singapore: YouTube (Singapore NIE).

REVIEWS

Tan, A. L., & Lee, Y.-J. (2009). [REVIEW OF Michaels, S., Shouse, A. W., & Schweingruber, H. A.: Ready, set, SCIENCE!]. Pedagogies, 153
Tan, A. L., & Wong, H. M. (2008). [REVIEW OF Hui, M.-F., & Grossman, D. L.: Improving teacher education through action research]. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 425-426
Towndrow, P. A., & Tan, A. L. (2006). [REVIEW OF Yung, B. H. W. Assessment reform in science: Fairness and fear]. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 158-162
Towndrow, P. A., & Tan A. L. (2006). [REVIEW OF Yung, B. H. W. Assessment reform in Science: Fairness and fear]. SingTeach, XXX-XXX

TECHNICAL REPORTS OR MONOGRAPHS

Tan, A.-L., & Wong, A. F. L. (2015, January). Transformation of science learning environment: Learning and assessment , , 60.
Tan, A.-L., Talaue, F., & Lim, S. S. L (2013, December). Partnership for change towards science inquiry in elementary science classrooms: Collective responsilibity of teachers and students , , 20.
Tan, A.-L. (2013, December). Pedagogy and disciplinarity of Singaporean teachers' classroom discourse: A corpus-based integrated approach , , 21.
Kim, M., Tan, A.-L., & Talaue, F. (2011, May). Enhancing inquiry-based teaching through collaboration between pre-service and in-service teachers , , 34.
Lim, S. S. L., & Tan, A. L. (2010, January). Examining teachers' understanding of inquiry-based learning in primary schools , , 9.
Tan, A. L., Wettasinghe, M., & Tan, S. C. (2010, July). Video pedagogy for enhancing pre-service teacher education , , 22.
Tan, A.-L., Wong, H.-M., Tan, S.-C., & Lee, Y.-J. (2009, April). Teacher agency for professional development in science , , 20.
Towndrow, P. A., Tan, A. L., & Soo, P. L. (2009, January). Transforming science practical pedagogy and practice through innovative departmental planning , , 60.
Tan, A. L. (2008, January). An insight into philosophy of science and ethics education for girls in Singapore , , 13.
Osborne, M. D., & Tan, A. L. (2008, January). Science education research at CRPP: A framework , , 21.
Towndrow, P. A., Tan, A. L., Venthan, A. M., & Gayathri d/o Dorairaju (2006, May). Designing tasks to teach SPA skills at lower secondary level in Singapore , , 60.

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

Tan, A. L., Talaue, F., & Kim, M. (2011, March). Caught in the gap between new goals and old habits: The Singaporean primary science teachers' experience of inquiry teaching.
Tan, A. L., & Talaue, F. (2011, January). Continuing our inquiry journey.
Lee, Y.-J, & Tan, A.-L. (2010, February). Action Research.
Tan, A.-L. (2010, February). Literature review seminar.
Kim, M., Tan, A.-L.& Chew, C. (2010, February). Senario-based inquiry teaching in science classrooms.
Tan, A.-L. (2009, February). Action research for inquiry science.
Tan, A.-L., & Tan, S. C. (2008, March). Teacher reflection for inquiry science.
Tan, A.-L., Kim, M., & Lum, S. (2008, November). Development of environmental science curriculum.
Tan, A.-L., Wong, H.-M.,Tan, S.-C., & Lee, Y. J. (2008, January). Enquiry about inquiry science: An agenda for action research.
Tan, A.-L., & Tan, S.-C. (2007, March). Teacher reflection workshop.
Teng, P. P. S., Chew, C. M. K., Tan, A. L., Lim, S. S. L., & Tan, S. C. (2007, April). Science Inquiry: The Singapore Story.
Tan, A.-L., & Lee, Y.-J. (2007, October). Inquiry Science Workshop.
Lee, Y.-J, & Tan, A. L. (2006, April). Collaborative Research.
classroom interactions, inquiry-based learning, science teacher professional development