NIE hosts Home Economics educators from 13 countries

NIE hosts Home Economics educators from 13 countries

Monday, 15 July 2013

Opening Ceremony: 15 July 2013, 9.30 am at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392 Havelock Road, Singapore 169663

To dispel the misconception and assumption of Home Economics as an unimportant curriculum subject, some 200 academics, educational leaders and policy makers will gather at the 17th Biennial International Asian Regional Association for Home Economics (ARAHE) Congress 2013 from 15 to 19 July 2013 to share their research findings.

Held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, it is jointly organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore and Association of Home Economists (AHES), Singapore with the support of the Ministry of Education.

Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower, will officiate the Opening on Monday, 15 July 2013. ARAHE will also launch its website (at 2.15 pm) and Journal (at 4.15 pm) on this day.

What started out as a subject to educate and empower women in the early years, has now come to be an inclusive subject that is seen as essential for both genders in academia. Themed as “Home Economics Literacy: Investing in our Future” this year, experts will discuss the increasing importance of the subject’s values and life skills for today’s society where the ‘latch-key child’ syndrome is commonplace.

A distinguished panel of speakers will share their views. They include:

  • Dr Tahira K. Hira, Professor and Senior Advisor to the President of Iowa State University
  • Professor Leo Tan Wee Hin, DBS Director (Special Projects), Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore.
  • Dr Carol Warren, President of the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE)
  • Dr Low Guat Tin, founding member of The Greenleaf Centre for Servant-Leadership (Asia)
  • Dr J. Jackson Ewing, Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Environmental Security and Climate Change and Food Security Programmes, Nanyang Technological University.
  • Professor Kaija Turkki, University of Helsinki – Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Dept of Teacher Education

The week-long Congress and activities are aimed to dissect the pedagogies on Home Economics so as to learn more about new research, discuss educational policies and practices as well as to broaden professional networks over an international landscape.

Papers from both the international and local academic community will be presented in the form of keynote speeches, workshops, oral and poster presentations. These are divided into the following strands:

  1. Home Economics Education and Training
  2. Health & Health Promotion
  3. Consumer Education
  4. Textile Study
  5. Food & Nutrition
  6. Families and Households
  7. Household Technology and Sustainability
  8. Instructional Management
  9. Textile & Design

Details of the Opening Ceremony and the boilerplates of the joint organisers can be found in Annexe A and Annexe B respectively.

Media Coverage

16 July 2013

The Straits Times (Top of the News, Page A7): Students to get More Lessons on Handling Money under New Syllabus

Lianhe Zaobao (Page 10): Home Economics to be Renamed as Food and Consumer Education Next Year

Berita Harian (Page 16):  'Food and Consumer Education' replaces 'Home Economics'

17 July 2013

The Star (Online): Syllabus to Teach Kids to Handle Money Better 

30 July 2013

Little Red Dot (Page 13): Learning to Spend Wisely

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