TAN Kok Siang

Senior Lecturer

Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

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  • PhD Nanyang Technological University
  • MSc (Training) University of Leicester
  • FPDE Nanyang Technological University
  • Dip Ed National University of Singapore
  • BSc National University of Singapore


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Research Interests
reflective learning, school experimental science, assessment in science education, short-cycle formative assessment, affective science education

  • Kok Siang is a senior lecturer in science and chemical education at the National Institute of Education.  He was a school science/chemistry teacher since 1989 in Manjusri Secondary School where he also served as the Head of the Science Department. He then joined the NIE in 2000 to help train pre- and in-service teachers.  Much earlier in his career, before joining the teaching profession, he was trained as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry (at Glaxochem Pte Ltd, now known as GlaxoSmithKline). 

    Professional Activities
    • School Assessment Frameworks (including Assessment for Learning)
    • Pedagogy in Affective Learning Domain (values education, 21st Century Competencies)
    • Reflective pedagogy in the classroom/laboratory (workshops for teachers and reflective classroom/laboratory lessons for students)
    • Teaching and learning issues on School-based Practical Assessment
    • Professional reflective practice for teachers
    • Normal (Technical) Science Curriculum

    • Affective science education in primary and secondary schools (current research and practice project)
    • School experimental science (including student-designed chemistry experiments, doctoral research)
    • Reflective learning in the classroom and laboratory (doctoral research)

    • Member, American Chemical Society
    • Member, Educational Research Association Singapore
    • Member, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry

  • Pre-service Courses (2013/2014)
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) – Teaching of School Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Science (Education) – Teaching of School Chemistry
    • In-service Courses (2013, 2014)
    Inquiry Chemistry for Secondary School (2013,2014)
    • Advanced Diploma in Education (Primary Science) (2013, 2014)
    • Masters of Teaching (2013,2014)

    • Doctoral research on the topic of scaffolding in school practical chemistry (on-going)
    • Master of Teaching (two candidates, 2012, completing 2014)