Joint '7th SELF Biennial International Conference' and 'ERAS Conference 2013'

Joint '7th SELF Biennial International Conference' and 'ERAS Conference 2013'

Monday, 09 September 2013

Opening Ceremony: 9 September 2013, 9.00 am at Nanyang Girls High School, Auditorium, 2 Linden Drive Singapore 288683

The Opening Ceremony of the Joint ‘7th SELF Biennial International Conference’ and ‘Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference’ will be held at the Nanyang Girls High School, Auditorium on 9 September 2013. The SELF International Conference is part of a continuing series of meetings that have gained greater visibility in the field of SELF research. It has been held in countries such as Australia, Germany, US, UAE and Canada. The 2013 conference is a first in Asia.

We are pleased to welcome Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Lawand Ministry of Education as the Guest-of-Honour for the event.

Jointly organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE), the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS), and the International SELF Research Centre the three-day conference provides a global forum for practitioners, researchers, educational leadersand policy makers to discuss important educational issues and share leading-edge research and best practices across languages and cultures. We believe this will be an excellent platform for nearly 500 participants who are scholars and practitioners to forge new and innovative directions ineducational research and practices that may significantly impact the education system in Singapore and abroad.

Highlights of the Conference

The theme for the 2013 Conference is “Self-Concept, Motivation and Identity: Underpinning Success with Research and Practice” and has already attracted more than 110 presenters from 26 countries, for example, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. The activities will bring together teachers, researchers, educational leaders, and policy makers to learn more about new research, discuss about educational issues, share on practices, and broaden professional networks throughout the region.

The conference also highlights notable research projects by NIE and MERL researchers, as well as local school teachers. Tackling issues on learning, self-concept and motivation, these will include:

  • Ms. Betsy Ng, a PhD student, under the supervision of Professor John Wang and Associate Professor Liu Woon Chia, in a collaborative effort between MERL in NIE and 8 secondary schools, examined how instructional behaviours provided by autonomy-supportive teachers can motivate students in their learning and nurture their love for learning.
  • Ms Cherie Ong Su Ling from the Methodist Girls’ School together with Dr Youyan Nie, MERL and Psychological Studies, NIE, examined the effects of mastery and vicarious experience on students’ creative self-efficacy on fluency, flexibility, and originality. Their study found that vicarious experience was more effective in promoting students’ creative self-efficacy on fluency and flexibility than mastery experience.
  •  Ms Li Dongdong, Associate Professor Albert Liau and Associate Professor Angeline Khoo, Psychological Studies, NIE, examined the effects of player-avatar identification on self-esteem and pathological Gaming. Their study shed light on the development of passion in gaming, the development of self-esteem and the prevention of pathological gaming.
  • Dr Caroline Koh, Associate Professor Liu Woon Chia, Dr Stefanie Chye and Dr Zhou Ming Ming, MERL and Psychological Studies, NIE, examined how the use of E-portfolio helped enhance future teachers’ self-regulation in learning.
  • Associate Professor Seetha Lakshmi, Dr Ashley Tan Min Chung, Mr Henry Ngoh Kiew Meng and Ms Loh Pek Mee from NIE examined how a skillfully designed flipped classroom that integrates curriculum, pedagogy, content knowledge, and powerful ICTs can create greater learner engagement, promote deeper interaction and learning, and promote higher order thinking skills.
  • Ms Mookaiah Manonmani, Learning Sciences and Technologies, NIE, compared students’ conceptions of collaborative and self-directed Learning with the support of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as enablers for the 21st century learning skills and teaching and learning practices in classroom of two secondary schools.
  • Mr Shaljan Areepattamannil, Mr Robyn Hing Chun Su, Associate Professor Jonathan Goh, Office of Education Research, NIE, and Gavin Fulmer examined the learning approaches and mathematical performance of 15-year-old students in Singapore’s participation in PISA 2009.
  • Assistant Professor Shanti Divaharan, Dr Lynde Tan and Dr Lim Wei Ying, Learning Sciences and Technologies, NIE, worked with 6 secondary schools to pilot a project involving the development and implementation of a digital textbook for Singapore Normal Technical stream students. They examined the technological and pedagogical considerations in the use of digital textbook for inquiry-based Science learning.
  • Ms Ng Ee Lynn and Associate Professor Kerry Lee, Office of Education Research, NIE, investigated the effects of test anxiety on children’s cognitive competencies and arithmetic performance. They found a direct effect of trait test anxiety on WM task performance.
  • Dr Jerome Rotgans, Office of Academic Quality Management, NIE, investigated how situational interest, construed as a motivational response to a perceived knowledge deficit, is related to knowledge acquisition.
  • Associate Professor Toh Tin Lam, Mathematics and Mathematics Education, NIE, and Associate Professor Lui Hah Wah Elena, Psychological Studies, NIE, conducted a multi-method research in the enhancement of Normal Technical students’ self concept in learning Math.
  • Ms Lim Jesmine and Ms Liu Ying Ying from the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School examined a pedagogical approach to build self-efficacy in writing through training of cognitive skills.
  • Ms Jane Jerome Grosse and Mr Sim Teck Chuan Ben from the Ministry of Education, Singapore looked at the effect of external reward on intrinsic motivation.

Details of the Opening Ceremony and the list of distinguished keynote speakers and address abstracts are available in Annexe A and Annexe B, respectively.

Strands of the Conference

237 papers will be presented in the form of individual papers, symposia, and posters. The papers are divided into the following strands:

       1. Self in Education

       2. Understanding the 21st Century Learners

       3. Leading Change for Engaging Learners

       4. Curriculum Development and Practices

       5. New Pedagogies in Teaching and Learning for Engaged Learning

       6. Enhancing Learning through Assessment

       7. Multi-Disciplinary Learning and Innovation

       8. New Directions in Educational Research

Media Coverage

9 Sept 2013

The Straits Times (Home, Page B4): Study on how teachers' perceptions affect students

10 Sept 2013

The Straits Times (Home, Page B2): Students 'learn better by speaking up'  

Back to top