OER Hosts Professor Avishai Henik

OER Hosts Professor Avishai Henik

Friday, 20 July 2018

Professor Avishai Henik, Distinguished Professor of Psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, visited the Office of Education Research (OER) from 4 to 10 July 2018.

As part of his visit, Prof Henik held a public lecture titled “The Magnitude Sense” on 9 July 2018.
In his lecture, he challenged the commonly accepted theory that numerical cognition is an innate ability and shed light on the new debates in the mathematics field on numeracy.


Professor Avishai Henik’s presentation on “The Magnitude Sense”

He also talked about various variables that may explain an infant’s judgment of numerosity and how continuous and non-countable properties contribute to numerical understanding.


Questions and Answer session during the Public Lecture - “The Magnitude Sense”

Through this visit, Prof Henik gained a better understanding of the education system in Singapore by meeting with several researchers in NIE. He also had the opportunity to visit a local pre-school provider, the Safari House Pre-school.

Prof Henik and Prof David Hung, Dean of OER, were invited by the Executive Director of the Safari House Pre-school to sit in for a math class observation conducted in the school.