Promoting Student Well-being: Motivation, Engagement and Resilience

Promoting Student Well-being: Motivation, Engagement and Resilience

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Office of Education Research (OER), in collaboration with the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), organised a seminar on student well-being on 10 September 2018.



A large audience turnout

During the seminar, NIE faculty gave presentations on how student well-being can be supported through enhanced motivation, improved engagement and the embrace of positive values and traits, such as resilience. The seminar attracted a large turnout of over 350 attendees comprising teachers, school leaders as well as policymakers.


A/P Caroline Koh giving the welcome note

In her opening address, A/P Caroline Koh, Head of NIE’s Psychological Studies Academic Group (PS AG), encouraged educators get students to think about how they can promote their own well-being and share their ideas on what can be done to enable students to flourish.

A/P Chong Wan Har

The first speaker, A/P Chong Wan Har (Associate Professor, PS AG), shared on how students’ self-efficacy and teacher support contribute to student engagement and impact their learning and achievement outcomes.

Dr Imelda Caleon

Dr Imelda Caleon (Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, OER) then presented the findings of her 3-year research study that investigated the factors that facilitate the development of academic resilience.

A/P Arief Liem

A/P Arief Liem (Associate Professor, PS AG) subsequently spoke about the impact of co-curricular activity (CCA) participation on students’ academic-related (e.g., educational aspirations, academic resilience) and non-academic-related (e.g., teamwork, leadership skills) outcomes.

Dr Ailsa Goh

Dr Ailsa Goh (Lecturer, Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group) later shared on how the use of positive teacher language (PTL) can create a conducive learning environment and improve teacher-student relationships. She also gave examples on the three types of PTL, a summary of which can be found here.

Dr Kit Phey Ling

Dr Kit Phey Ling (Lecturer, PS AG) presented on primary school children’s experiences with online counselling and offered advice on how teachers can make use of online portals to reach out to emotionally distressed children.

Dr Fannie Khng

Dr Fannie Khng (Research Scientist, Centre for Research in Child Development, OER) spoke about the benefits of deep breathing and mindfulness-based practices in helping students to regulate their anxiety levels as well as improve their attentional focus.

Dr Chua Bee Leng

Finally, Dr Chua Bee Leng (Associate Dean, Professional Practice, Office of Teacher Education and Senior Lecturer, PS AG) shared on an instrument that teachers can use to understand students’ values and dispositions.
Panel discussion

The seminar concluded with a panel discussion moderated by A/P Koh, with A/P Chong, Dr Caleon, A/P Liem, Dr Goh, Dr Kit, Dr Khng and Dr Chua on the panel.

Panelists and audience engaging in discussion

The panel addressed questions posed by the audience regarding their presentations. Some of the topics discussed include pressure on students to self-regulate, impact of CCA participation on low achieving students, socio-emotional learning for junior college students and role of PTL in coaching and mentoring.

Group photo