Education and Broader Environment

Description of Task Force

Education in today’s term is no longer confined to learning that takes place within the boundaries of a school or institution. It goes beyond that and can happen in any environment, whether formally or informally carried out, that has the provision to enrich learning experiences. This task force aims to understand the relationships between these environments and how they may impact the Singapore educational system. The task force has a special interest in the areas of non-formal learning such as private tuition and parental involvements at school or home, both of which have a deep influence and impact on a student’s life and academic achievement. It hopes that the findings from these studies can add more insights to the holistic understanding of our educational system.

List of team members:

List of team members' publications related to the research theme:

  • Woo Huay Lit
    • Woo, H.L., Wang Q.Y., & Quek, C.L. (2015). Unpacking the Private Tuition Phenomena using Affordances. In Conference Proceedings of Seoul International Conference on Social Sciences and Management, 2015 (pp. 442-451). Seoul, Korea: Higher Education Forum.
    • Woo, H.L. (2014). The Affordances of Online Learning Augmented by Team Teaching and Animated Pedagogical Agents for Pre-service Teachers. In World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications. (pp. 2258-2267). Chesapeake, Virginia, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
    • Choy, W.K.W., Chua, C.S.K., Woo, H.L. (2013, July). Professional Development of Student Teachers via the Professional Learning Community Initiative at NIE (Singapore). Paper presented at The Transformative Power of Co-operation in Education, Scarborough England, United Kingdom.
    • Woo, H.L. (2013). The Design of Online Learning Environments from the Perspective of Interaction. Education Technology, 53(6), 34-38.
    • Koh, J.H.L., Woo, H.L., Lim, W.Y. (2013). Understanding the relationship between Singapore pre-service teachers' ICT course experiences and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) through ICT course evaluation. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 25, 321-229.
    • Wang, Q.Y., Woo, H.L., & Quek, C.L. (2013). Perceived Usefulness of Facebook for Teaching and Learning: the Student Teachers Perspective. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 9(2), 243-255.
    • Wang, Q.Y., Woo, H.L., & Quek, C.L (2012). Exploring the Affordances of Facebook for Teaching and Learning. International Review of Contemporary Learning Research: An International Journal, 1(1), 23-31.
    • Divaharan, S., Lim, W. Y., Tan, L.W., Tan, S. C., Wang, Q., & Woo, H.L. (2012). Implementation of Science (NT) Generation Interactive Textbook with e-Assessment Solution (NGIT): An evaluation report. Singapore.
    • Wang, Q.Y., Woo, H.L., Quek, C.L., Yang, Y.Q., & Liu, M. (2012). Using the Facebook group as a learning management system: An exploratory study. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(3), 428-438.
  • Paul Chua Meng Huat
    • Chua, P. M. H., Hatch, T. & Faughey, D. (2014, 25 March). Centralized-Decentralization Emerging In Singapore [Blog Post]. USA: Teachers College
    • Chua, P. (2013). The Relationship Between Values And Ill-Structured Problem-Solving: A Pilot Study Of Experienced Secondary School Principals In Singapore. [Presentation To The Redesigning Pedagogy Conference 2013.] Singapore
    • Chua, P. (2011). A Comparative Study Of Decision-Making By Singaporean And English School Leaders. [Presentation To The Asia Leadership Roundtable 2011.] Thailand.
    • Chua, P. (2006). Looking Ahead: Values-Based Leadership, Systems Leadership And Curriculum Leadership.  [Presentation To The N1 Cluster Retreat.] Singapore.
  • Helen Hong
    • Lee, D.H.L. Hong, H. Niemi, H. (In-press). A contextualized account of holistic education in Finland and Singapore: Implications on Singapore educational context. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher (TAPE), 0, 0-0.
    • Hung,D. & Hong,H.(2012). (2012). Educating for Inclusiveness: Reforming Towards 21st Century Learning. In 13th International Conference on Education Research (pp. -). Seoul, Korea: Seoul National University.
    • Hong, H., Koh, E., & Loh, J. (2013, December). Parental autonomy support in learning with mobile technology. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Dr Trivina Kang Lu-Ming
    • Kang, T. (2012). Experiencing integration: Student views on the integrated programmes. In Tan, J. (Ed.), Education in Singapore : Taking Stock, Looking Forward (pp. 50-60). Singapore: Pearson.
    • Kang, T. (2011). Social Background and Educational Opportunities. In Choy, W. & Tan, C. (Eds.), Education Reform in Singapore: Critical Perspectives (pp. 54-65). Singapore: Prentice Hall.
    • Lim, X.S., Tan, J. & Kang, T. (2010). Avoiding the ‘Prolonged Agony’ of Studying for Standardized National Examinations in Singapore: At What Price?. The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 5(2), 206-222.
    • Kang, T., Chan, M., Tan, T.K., Hogan, D. (2010). The Life Pathways Project: Design and Methodological Issues. In Statistics Canada (Ed.) 25th International Methodology Symposium: "Longitudinal Surveys: from Design to Analysis" (pp. 5). Ottawa, Canada: Statistics Canada.
    • Hogan, D., Kang, T., & Chan, M. (2007). Framing lives: Longitudinal research on life planning and pathways in Singapore. In Pink, W. T., & Noblit, G. W. (Eds.), International Handbook of Urban Education (Vol. 19) (pp. 359-379). New York: Springer.
    • Hogan, D., & Kang, T. (2006). Towards talentocracy: Capital formation among young Singaporeans. In A. E. Lai (Ed.), Singapore perspectives 2006: Going glocal: Being Singaporean in a globalised world (pp. 31-50). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish (for the Institute of Policy Studies).
    • Kang, T. (2005). Creating Educational Dreams: The Intersection of Ethnicity, Families & Schools. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Publishing.
  • Dr Maria Manzon
    • Lee, W. O., & Napier, D. B., and Manzon, M. (2014). Editorial: Does Context Still Matter? The Dialectics of Comparative Education. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 34(2), 139-152.
    • Manzon, M. (2014). Comparing Places. In Bray, M., Adamson, B. & Mason, M. (Eds.), Comparative Education Research: Approaches and Methods (pp. 97-137). Hong Kong: Springer & Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong.
    • Manzon, M. (2011). Comparative Education: The Construction of a Field. ISBN 978-988-17852-6-8. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong, and Dordrecht: Springer. 295 pp.
    • Manzon, M. (2006). Building Alliances: School-Community Partnership Advocacy in Hong Kong and Singapore. Compare: Journal of the Comparative Education Society of Asia, 1(1), 26-32.
    • Manzon, M. (2004). Building Alliances: Schools, Parents and Communities in Hong Kong and Singapore. ISBN 962-8093-36-3. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong. 121 pp.

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