TEO Tang Wee

Designation
Assistant Professor

Department
Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

Office Location
NIE7-03-83

Education

PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MEd, Science Education (by dissertation), National Institute of Education, Singapore

BSc (Chemistry, First Class Honours), National University of Singapore

PGDE(S) (Credit) National Institute of Education, Singapore

Email
tangwee.teo@nie.edu.sg

Office Telephone Number
67903830

Research Interests
cultural sociology, gender studies, lower track learners, social equity, sociocultural studies, STEM and STEAM education

  • TEO Tang Wee is a social equity scholar in science education. She applies a critical lens to examine diverse equity issues in science education that affect learners (e.g., lower track students, children aged 6-8, and international students) who are underrepresented in the local and international literature. Her current work focuses on lower track science students’ science learning experiences. As a trained chemist and chemistry education professor, she also actively publishes in chemistry education journals.

    Tang Wee was awarded the Singapore Ministry of Education Teaching Award to read Chemistry at the National University of Singapore. She gave the keynote speech at the Chemistry Honours Symposium and graduated with First Class Honors. She was an active member of the Special Programme in Science and Talent Development Programme. She was placed on the Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters and the Vice-Chancellor’s List for meritorious academic achievements. 

    Prior to her doctoral studies, Tang Wee taught at Naval Base Secondary School, Meridian Junior College, and the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.  

    In 2007-2011, she received the National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During that time, Tang Wee worked on several research projects. She was a research assistant of a National Science Foundation funded project A Learning Progression for Scientific Modeling. She conducted a case study on inquiry reform and curriculum evaluation in a US STEM school and was hired as a program evaluator on a UIUC Graduate College Focal Initiative outreach programme. She also taught a Masters level educational psychology course to preservice teachers enrolled in the Illinois teacher certification programme.

    She co-edited the books Teaching Science in Culturally-Relevant Ways: Ideas From Singapore Teachers (2014) and Science Education Research and Practice in Asia-Pacific and Beyond (2017). She also co-edited a special issue on Critical Issues in STEM Schools in the journal Theory Into Practice. She is currently guest editing a focus issue on Play in Early Childhood Science Education in the journal Pedagogies: An International Journal and a special issue on Broadening and Deepening the Dialogue About "Low Achievers” in Asia-Pacific Journal of Education

      
    Professional Organisations

    • National Association of Research in Science Teaching
    • American Educational Research Association
    • Australasian Science Education Research Association
    • Australian Association of Research in Education
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

      
    Consultancy/Service

    • Teaching of NIE International courses:
    • AEDS  008 The Teaching of Science at the Secondary Level (Allied Educators' course)
    • AEDP 012A Introduction to the Teaching of Science at the Primary Level (Allied Educators' course)
    • SPDS012 Assessment Modes and Resource Management in Primary Science (Special Needs Educators' course)
    • Research consultant on MOE EduLab Project Multiple Representations in Organic Chemistry
    • Core member of MOE Academy of Singapore Teachers Teachers Research Network
    • Member of the MOE Singapore Curriculum Philosophy and Pedagogical Practices sub-committee for Math and Science
    • Consultancy to schools on The Design and Making of Flip Science Lessons
    • Consultancy on evaluation of STEM programmes

      
    Professional Activities

    • NARST Committee Member: Strand 9 Reflective Practice Co-coordinator, 2010-2012
    • Associate Editor of the journal Asia-Pacific Science Education
    • Associate Editor Pedagogies: An International Journal
    • Reviewer for the Journal Pedagogies: An International Journal
    • Reviewer for the Journal Cultural Studies in Science Education
    • Reviewer for the Journal Journal of Mixed Methods Research
    • Reviewer for the Journal Journal of Curriculum Studies
    • Reviewer for the Journal Journal of Chemical Education
    • Reviewer for the Journal Chemistry Education and Research and Practice
    • Reviewer for the Journal Teachers College Record
    • Reviewer for the Journal Research in Science Education
    • Reviewer for EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
    • Reviewer for AERA and NARST

      
    Research Grants

    Grant Number

    Title

    Duration

    Role

    SUG 04/17 FB

    Capturing Change through the Lens of Cogenerative Dialogue: Engagement, Interaction and Measurements

    Jun 2017-Dec 2018 Co-PI
    OER 09/16 WLY

    The influence of a collaborative PD programme on teachers’ self-efficacy and its sustainability in teaching low progress students

    Sept 2016-Aug 2019 Co-PI

    OER 10/16 TTW

    “We ‘Own’ the Teachers”: Understanding subcultures of Singapore Lower Track Science Classrooms

    Aug 2016 – Feb 2019

    PI

    SUG 09/15 TTW

    Understanding how the Girls To Pioneers Programme Affect Students' Attitudes towards STEM and shape their STEM-related identities

    Nov 2015-Mar 2017

    PI

    OER 16/13 TTW

    “Children are natural scientists”: Learning science in early childhood and early primary years

    Feb 2014-Dec 2015

    PI

    OER 51/12 TWT

    Examining Normal Academic/Technical Students' Science Learning from a Sociological and Cultural Lens

    June 2013-Dec 2016

    PI

    OER2/12 TTW

    Curriculum Evaluation and Change for a Re-envisioned NIE Chemistry Program

    June 2012-2014

    PI

    OER 10/12 WJS

    Design Study Approach to Teacher Professional Development to Support the Implementation of the Revised 2013 Lower Secondary Science Curriculum

    July 2012-Jul 2014

    Co-PI

    SUG 33/12 TTW

    Using Visual Ethnography to Examine Students' Science Research Experience: Attaining Verstehen from Images and Texts

    Dec 2012-Jul 2014

    PI

     

    • Critical studies of science education
      (gender, sociopolitical, sociocultural, cultural sociology)
    • Lower track students
    • STE(A)M education
    • Early childhood science education

    • ACY 321 The Teaching of Chemistry I
    • ACY422 The Teaching of Chemistry IV
    • QCY520 The Teaching of Chemistry I
    • QCY 521 The Teaching of Chemistry II
    • QCY 540 The Teaching of A-Level Chemistry I
    • QCY541 The Teaching of A-Level Chemistry II
    • MED872 Educational Inquiry II
    • MSC 883 Issues and Trends in Science and Science Education
    • MSC 884 Science Curriculum Change and Evaluation
    • MSC 885 / INS 6014 Principles of Science as Inquiry
    • MSC 889 Critical Studies in Science Education: Questioning Assumptions in Teaching and Learning
    • AGE 192 Gender Issues in Science, Engineering, and Technology
    • INS2130 (Inservice) Teaching the Revised H2 Chemistry
    • INS0037 (inservice) The Design and Making of Flip Science Lessons
    • INS2097 (inservice) Inquiry Chemistry for Secondary Schools

    • Doctor of Philosophy (Education) - Mohamed Faizal Bin Badron
    • Master of Art (Research) - Ong Wee Yong

    • National Institute of Education (Singapore) Overseas Graduate Scholarship
    • Ministry of Education (Singapore) Teaching Award
    • Vice-Chancellor’s List, National University of Singapore
    • Dean’s List for Meritorious Performance, National University of Singapore