OER Hosts Professor Dennis Shirley

OER Hosts Professor Dennis Shirley

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Office of Education Research (OER) hosted Professor Dennis Shirley, Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College from 15th to 17th January 2018.

During this period, Prof Shirley met with researchers from the Teacher Learning and Professional Development (TLPD) and the Learning Sciences and Technology (LST) programme areas for dialogue and discussion around their research strategy and potential programmatic proposals. He also visited the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST) where he shared with Master Teachers the third professional imperative on promising pedagogies and curricula to propel learning.

An NIE lecture titled “The New Imperatives of Educational Change” was also conducted by Prof Shirley. Sharing on the five “imperatives” or calls to action, policymakers, teachers and researchers were challenged to set forth an agenda to meet the challenges facing schools and societies today. The lecture was well attended with about 100 attendees from NIE, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools. Ms Liew Wei Li, Deputy Director-General of Education (Schools) and Director of Schools was among those who were in attendance.

Prof Shirley also participated in a joint dialogue session with Prof Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation, UCL Institute of Education. Moderated by Dr Dennis Kwek, Assistant Dean (Research Communications), OER and attended by more than 30 participants, the dialogue centred on school improvement and their opportunities and gaps, barriers to change, well-being, and building teacher capacities through Professional and Networked Learning Communities. The dialogue yielded many interesting insights and perspectives on school improvement issues.

At a video interview conducted by NIE, Prof Shirley also shared his views on mindful teaching among other topics. 


Prof Shirley speaking to an audience of NIE and MOE colleagues at his lecture

Prof Shirley (second from left) with the lecture audience which includes Ms Liew Wei Li, Deputy Director-General of Education (Schools) and Director of Schools (first from left), and other colleagues from NIE and MOE 

A joint dialogue with Prof Shirley (left) and Prof Greany (right) on school improvement, with Dr Dennis Kwek (centre) as moderator 

Prof Dennis Shirley (sixth from left) with A/P Ng Pak Tee (fifth from left), Prof David Hung (third from right), and colleagues from OER