Dr Teo Tang Wee Delivers Keynote Address at 5th International Conference for Science Educators and Teachers
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Dr Teo Tang Wee, Assistant Professor at the Natural Sciences & Science Education Academic Group (NSSE) of NIE, gave a keynote at the 5th International Conference for Science Educators and Teachers held in Phuket, Thailand from 6 to 8 June 2017.
Her keynote address was based on her OER Project “Examining Normal Academic/Technical Students’ Science Learning from a Sociological and Cultural Lens”.
She spoke about her research in Singaporean lower track students’ (Grades 7-8; aged 13-14) science learning experience. Informed by the theory of structuration, she positions the lower track students as social agents who are constantly and consciously making performative acts and speech based upon their interpretations of selves, events, contexts, and other people. She presented the different forms of student agency enacted as circumscribed and enabled by the structures (rules, norms, traditions, resources, mental schema) at the site.
Through this presentation, she illuminated on how such an alternative lens may provide insights different from studies that adopt a deficit lens. This may encourage more researchers and teachers to adopt and apply a non-deficit lens in their work and may be informative to researchers interested to learn about the non-deficit analytic framework and teachers interested in gaining deeper understanding about their students.