International and Comparative Studies

Description of Task Force

This emerging research area focuses on exploring pedagogies in Singapore and other education systems from various international and Asian comparative research perspectives, and rediscovering relevant pedagogical discourses from local intellectual traditions.

‘Pedagogies’ is referred to as teaching and learning that is embedded within and mediated by discourses of educational theories, values, evidence and justifications, cultural-sociological contexts, everyday practices, and systems or structural actions. Thus the term ‘pedagogy’ is used in the plural sense in order to embrace diverse and multiple forms not just within, but across cultures, countries and regions.

A key area that will be examined is the Singapore education success story, with the intention to gain deep insights on its achievements through careful and nuanced examination of aspects of its teaching and learning. Both intra- and inter-regional referencing will be undertaken to illuminate the Singapore narrative.

List of team members:

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

  • Fang Yanping
    • Fang, Y. P., & Gopinathan, S. (2009). Teachers and Teaching in Eastern and Western Schools: A Critical Review of Cross-Cultural Comparative Studies. In L. J. Saha, & A. G. Dworkin (Eds.), International Handbook of Research on Teachers And Teaching. New York: Springer.
  • Dennis Kwek Beng Kiat
    • Dimmock, C., Kwek, D., & Toh, Y. (2013). Leadership for 21st century learning in Singapore’s high-performing schools. In OECD, Leadership for 21st century learning (pp. 107–134). Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
    • Hogan, D., Chan, M., Rahim, R., Kwek, D., Khin, M. A., Loo, S. C., Sheng, Y. Z., & Luo, W. S. (2013). Assessment and the logic of instructional practice in Secondary 3 English and Mathematics classrooms in Singapore. Review of Education, 1(1), 57–106.
    • Hogan, D., Kwek, D., Towndrow, P., Rahim, R., Tan, T. K., Yang, H. J., & Chan, M. (2014). Visible learning and the enacted curriculum in Singapore. In Z. Deng, S. Gopinathan & C. Lee (Eds.), Globalization and the Singapore curriculum: From policy to classroom (pp. 121–149). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
    • Kwek, D. (2003), Decolonizing and re-presenting culture’s consequences: A post-colonial critique of cross-cultural studies in management. In A. Prasad (Ed.), Postcolonial theory and organizational analysis: A critical engagement (pp. 121–148). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Kwek, D., & Tan, C. (2010). Labouring for children: Transnational experiences of Chinese migrant mothers and children in Singapore’s eduscape. In T. C. Wong & J. Rigg (Eds.), Asian cities, migrant labour and contested spaces (pp. 110–132). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Maria Manzon
    • Lee, W. O., Napier, D. B., & Manzon, M. (2014). Does context still matter? The dialectics of comparative education, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 34(2), 139–152.
    • Manzon, M. (2004). Building alliances: Schools, parents and communities in Hong Kong and Singapore. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong.
    • Manzon, M. (2010). Shape-shifting of comparative education: Towards a comparative history of the field. In M. Larsen (Ed.), New thinking in comparative education: Honouring Robert Cowen (pp. 83–101). Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers.
    • Manzon, M. (2011). Comparative education: The construction of a field. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong/Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
    • Manzon, M. (2014). Comparing places. In M. Bray, B. Adamson & M. Mason, (Eds.), Comparative education research: Approaches and methods (2nd Ed.) (pp. 97–137). Hong Kong & Dordrecht: Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong & Springer.
  • Jennifer Tan Pei-Ling
    • Tan, J. P.-L., & McWilliam, E. (2009). From literacy to multiliteracies: Diverse learners and pedagogical practice. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 4(3), 213–225.
  • Melvin Chan Chee Yeen
    • Hogan, D., Chan, M., Rahim, R., et al. (2013). Assessment and the logic of instructional practice in Secondary 3 English and Mathematics classrooms in Singapore. Review of Education, 1(1), 57–106.
    • Hogan, D., Kwek, D., Towndrow, P., Rahim, R., Tan, T. K., Yang, H. J., & Chan, M. (2014). Visible learning and the enacted curriculum in Singapore. In Z. Deng, S. Gopinathan & C. Lee (Eds.), Globalization and the Singapore curriculum: From policy to classroom (pp. 121–149). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
    • Hogan, D., Rahim, R., & Chan, M. (2012). Disciplinarity and the logic of mathematical tasks in Secondary 3 mathematics lessons in Singapore. In R. M. Gillies (Ed.), Pedagogy: New developments in the learning sciences (pp. 337-369). New York, Nova Publishers.
    • Hogan, D., Rahim, R., Chan, M., et al. (2012). Understanding classroom talk in Secondary three mathematics classes in Singapore. In B. Kaur & T. L. Toh (Eds.), Reasoning and communication and connections in mathematics (pp. 169-198). Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.
    • Rahim, R., Hogan, D., & Chan, M. (2012). The epistemic framing of mathematical tasks in Secondary three mathematics lessons in Singapore. In B. Kaur & T. L. Toh (Eds.), Reasoning and communication and connections in mathematics (pp. 11-56). Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.
  • Yancy Toh
    • Toh, Y., Wong, L.-H., Chai, C. S., Lee, J. Y. L., & Ng, J. P. S. (2013). Complex interaction between technology, pedagogy and content knowledge: Case study in a Chinese language classroom. In Wong, L.-H., Liu, C.-C., Hirashima, T., & Lukman, M. (Eds.) International Conference on Computers in Education 2013 (pp. 865-875). Denpasar, Indonesia: APSCE.
    • Looi, C.K. & Toh, Y. (2013). Orchestrating the flexible mobile learning classroom. In M. Ally & A. Tsinakos (Eds.), Increasing Access through Mobile Learning (pp. 161-174). Vancouver, B.C., Canada: Commonwealth of Learning.
    • Looi, C.K., So, H.J., Toh, Y., & Chen, W.L. (2011). The Singapore experience: Synergy of national policy, classroom practice and design research. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6(1), 9-37.
    • Toh, Y., & So, H.J. (2011). ICT reform initiatives in Singapore schools: a complexity theory perspective. Asia Pacific Education Review, 12(3), 349-357.
    • Chen, W.L., Seow, S. K. P., So, H.J., Toh, Y., & Looi, C.K. (2010). Extending students' learning spaces: Technology-supported seamless learning. In International Conference in Learning Sciences 2010. Chicago, IL: International Society of Learning Sciences.
  • Lee Yew Jin
    • Lee, Y.-J., Kim, M., & Yoon, H.-G. (2015, in press). The intellectual demands of the intended primary science curriculum in Korea and Singapore: An analysis based on revised Bloom’s taxonomy. International Journal of Science Education.
    • Lee, Y.-J., & Poon, C. L. (2014).The professional work of teachers in Singapore: Findings from a work-shadowing study. Asia Pacific Education Review, 15,  525–535.
    • Lee, Y.-J. (2014). Science education in a straightjacket: The interplay of people, policies, and place in an East-Asian Developmental State. In A.-L. Tan, C. L. Poon, & S. S. L. Lim (Eds.), Inquiry into the Singapore science classroom: Research and practices (pp.165--189). Dordrecht: Springer.
    • 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, 303–327.
    • Lee, Y.-J. (Ed.). (2010). The world of science education: Handbook of research in Asia. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
    • Lee, Y.-J. (2010). Engineering the educated person: An ongoing problematic in Singapore. In K. Yamazumi (Ed.), Activity theory and fostering Learning: Developmental interventions in education and work (pp.111-131). Suita, Osaka: Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University.
    • Lee, Y.-J. (2010). Not if but when pedagogy collides with culture in Singapore. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 5, 17–26.
    • Lee, Y.-J., Hung, W. L. D., & Cheah, H. M. (2009). IT and educational policy in the Asia-Pacific region. In J. Voogt & G. Knezek (Eds.), International handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education (pp. 1119-1132). Dordrecht: Springer.

List of projects from this research group:

  1. CRP 7/03 AL: CRPP Core Research Program
  2. OER 12/09 WKY: Identification of Unique and Promising Practices in Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation among APEC Economies: Singapore Participation
  3. OER 20/09 DH: Core 2 Research Program: Pedagogy and Assessment
  4. OER 02/10 BK: In-depth Analysis of Singapore’s TIMSS 2007 Data
  5. OER 03/10 CD: Leadership and Organizational Change in Singapore Schools: A Baseline Study
  6. OER 15/10 HLC: Singapore Teachers’ Perceptions of Diversity and Multicultural Education
  7. OER 19/10 LWO: Citizenship Attributes for the 21st Century: A Study of Singapore Teachers' Perceptions in Comparative Perspectives
  8. OER 07/11 BKL: Secondary Analyses of Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics
  9. OER 28/12 DN: Instructional Leadership in Singapore and East Asia
  10. OER 33/12 SA: From the Bottom to the Top: Investigating Learning Strategies and PISA Mathematics and Science Outcomes of Students of Differing Abilities in Singapore
  11. OER 35/12 AB: Evaluation of Singaporean Preschool Children’s Development using the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales
  12. OER 42/12 ISC: Turning Achievement Around: Predictors of Academic Resilience of Academically At-risk Students in Singapore
  13. OER 52/12 LJY: The Implementation of a Broad-based, Inquiry Oriented International Curriculum within a Singaporean Senior School Context: Transitional Experiences, Challenges and Enablers
  14. OER 60/12 CSL: Education for Twenty-first Century Global Capacities: A Comparative Case-study of Two Schools in Singapore and the United States
  15. OER 68/12 SA: Investigating the Effects of Private Supplementary Tutoring on Primary Students’ Academic Achievement, Motivation, Self-concept, and Engagement
  16. OER 7/13 MEM: Asian Pedagogies: Investigating Singapore as a Microcosm
  17. TIMSS 2011: Secondary Analysis of Mathematics Data
  18. OER 11/14 LWO: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study of Learning and Teaching of Mathematics in Singapore Classrooms
  19. OER 20/14 CCY: Secondary Quantitative Analysis of Core Research data (2004‐2010): A Multilevel Study of Academic Achievement and 21st Century Competencies