CJ Koh Professorship: Seminar to NIE staff entitled "Convergence Pedagogy:  The Challenge Ahead"

CJ Koh Professorship: Seminar to NIE staff entitled "Convergence Pedagogy: The Challenge Ahead"

Date & Time

05 March 2014, 00:00


Lecture Theatre 8, National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk


Office of Education Research (OER)
Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (SPAQ)



Events Details

Time: 9:30am - 10:30am


Scholars of educational change currently are endeavoring to unpack a number of riddles of school improvement to capitalise on new and unprecedented opportunities for expanding education and enhancing the human condition. The good news is that the international community has been successful beyond expectations at meeting and surpassing many indicators of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) established by the United Nations and affiliated civil society organisations by reducing poverty, expanding education, and enhancing life chances in recent years. New and ambitious efforts currently are underway to review and restate new social and educational goals with the intention of eliminating severe poverty by 2030 with continued expansion of schooling and greater opportunities for all.

Economic globalisation, technological innovation, demographic mobility, and increasing cross-cultural  encounters provide many new opportunities for the international community to expand education within and across national borders. Yet too often our efforts have been reactive and opportunistic rather than strategic and intentional. This NIE Seminar will describe recent trends of educational change around the globe and explore the concept of "convergence pedagogy" in which diverse change trajectories are brought into a new, dynamic and harmonious whole that advances the interest and knowledge of all parties within and across nations and cultures.


Dennis Shirley is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Lynch School of Education.  An international change leader of school improvement, Shirley advises districts, states and provinces, and nations on ways that they can redesign schools for a new millennium of rapid and dynamic transformation.  In this undertaking, Shirley works closely with teachers, school leaders and researchers to enhance their reflective judgment on the meaning and potential of everyday classroom interactions, collegial relationships, and school and community partnerships.  He has worked for many years with school improvement initiatives in the US, Canada, Germany, Norway, and Australia.  
Prof Shirley is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change and has a doctorate from Harvard University.


Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research by 20 February 2014.

For more information, please email cjkoh.professorship@nie.edu.sg

Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.