OER Organises 3rd Tranche Closing Symposium on TPAL

OER Organises 3rd Tranche Closing Symposium on TPAL

Monday, 21 May 2018

Together with the Corporate Research Office, Ministry of Education (MOE), the Office of Education Research (OER) organized a symposium on Teacher Professionalism and Learning (TPAL) to a group of MOE officers and practitioners – as the 3rd tranche of research funding at OER comes to a close.

Prior to this, symposiums on other research priority areas such as Language and Literacy, Math and Science, and Low Progress Learners had been conducted over the last six months.

At the symposium held on 16 May 2018 at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), researchers from both OER and NIE’s academic groups shared about the aspects of their respective research projects that relate to teacher mentoring and professional development. Among those present in the audience was Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching, Deputy Director-General of Education (Professional Development) at MOE and Executive Director of AST.

The presenters and their presentation titles are as follows:

  • Prof Low Ee Ling, “An Exploratory Study of Beginning Teacher Mentoring Practices in Singapore”
  • Dr Tan Liang See  “Re-culturing Pedagogical Practice: Embedding Dissonance to Promote Teacher Agency and Leadership”
  • A/P Lee Ngan Hoe, “Teacher Learning in Using Productive Failure for Mathematics Instruction”

Prof Low’s research findings provided some insights into what makes a mentoring programme for beginning teachers successful, one of which is the importance of a school-based structured mentoring programme.

Professor Low Ee Ling

Dr Tan’s sharing on classroom practice examined the teachers’ roles and capacities in reframing curriculum and pedagogical practices, which found that teacher agency and teacher leadership emerge only when the sociocultural leverages are in place.

Dr Tan Liang See

A/P Lee’s presentation spoke about the outcomes of his team’s professional development efforts to support teachers in the implementation of the Productive Failure learning design, with the objective of building teachers’ capacities.

Associate Professor Lee Ngan Ho

Dr Phillip Towndrow, Senior Research Scientist at OER served as the panel discussant and delivered a meta-level discussion of all three presentations. An active and lively panel discussion ensued, which saw the audience asking questions that really piqued their interest and knowledge on the research presented.

Panel Discussion

Group Photo