Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Thinking: Time For a Rethink?

Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference: Thinking: Time For a Rethink?

Monday, 03 June 2013

Opening Ceremony: 3 June 2013, 9.30 am at The National Institute of Education Sports Hall, Block 5, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

One of the largest educational research conferences in Southeast Asia will be held at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, Sports Hall on 3 June 2013. This year, we are pleased to welcome Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education as the Guest-of-Honour for the event.

Organised by the National Institute of Education (NIE), the three-day biennial conference provides a global forum for practitioners, researchers, educational leaders and policy makers to interact and share leading-edge research and best practices across languages and cultures. Since its inception in 2005, it consistently offers a platform for over 1,400 scholars and practitioners to forge new and innovative directions in educational research and practices that may significantly impact the education system in Singapore and abroad.

Highlights of the Conference

The theme for the 2013 Conference is “Thinking: Time for a Rethink?” and has already attracted more than 100 participants from 17 countries ― Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE and USA. The activities will bring together teachers, researchers, educational leaders, and policy makers to learn more about new research, discuss educational policies and practices, and broaden professional networks throughout the region. Special sessions will also showcase and reflect how they have implemented new practices. For the first time, the Conference welcomes its youngest speaker, 15-year-old child prodigy, Miss Adora Svitak, who is an internationally published author and headlines the roster of five keynote speakers.

The conference also highlights notable research projects across several disciplines in local education research projects led by NIE and CRPP researchers. Tackling everyday issues that are of rising concern these will include:

  •  Dr Fannie Khng, a CRPP Research Scientist at NIE, who examines how interventions such as deep breathing can abate the adverse effects of test anxiety among students by improving attention.
  • Dr Nirmala Karuppiah, a Lecturer at NIE’s Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group, aims to develop baseline data on computer habits and behaviours among young children (K1 & K2) in Singapore. The information gathered from the interviews and observations can be used to inform parents, teachers and other stakeholders with information on preschool children’s computer habits and behaviours. If necessary, this information can be used to develop preventive programmes to protect preschool children against potential health and social risks of computer use as well as address any potential negative habits or behaviours as early as possible and before they have an impact on their later schooling years. Finally, findings from this study can also be used as baseline data to carry out a larger scale study which will contribute to the growing research on various aspects of children and youth in Singapore.
  • Dr Noel Chia Kok Hwee and Mr Norman Kee Kiak Ham of ECSNE’s research on alternative pedagogy for special education (in consultation with teachers from five SPED schools) have developed an integrated framework embracing the Triple-T (episTeme, Techne, Telos) model of learning and the Triple-D (Diagnostics, Dialogics, Didactics).
  • Associate Professor Manu Kapur, Head of the Learning Sciences Laboratory (LSL), delves extensively into the “the learning through play” symposium that cuts across LSL projects. He contends that play is important for learning and reveals that the challenge is to design for it deliberately to afford students opportunities to generate, explore, tinker and even fail in the process of learning.
  • Dr Wong Lung Hsiang, a Senior Research Scientist in LSL, oversaw two studies on mobile-assisted language learning, the completed “Move, Idioms!” and the still ongoing MyCLOUD (My Chinese Language ubiquitOUs learning Days), come with the common aim of interweaving cross-contextual (formal and informal learning spaces, individual and social learning spaces, and physical and digital realities) process of Chinese Language learning. The intention is to address the limitations of conventional classroom language instructions such as teacher-centred learning with excessive decontextualised information that does not effectively connect language knowledge learnt into learners’ daily lives and putting the language into application. The two studies are in the process of scaling up to more schools.
  • Dr Lee Ngan Hoe, an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Mathematics Education academic group focuses on designing and testing strategies that will enable secondary mathematics teachers to develop and harness competencies in the teaching of mathematical modelling.
  • Dr Beth O’Brien, a Senior Research Scientist from the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) demonstrates how an iPad can be a resourceful tool for teaching phonics using digital text enhances phonemic awareness in children. This demonstration is a component of a forthcoming study on early bilingual experience and English literacy acquisition.
  • Associate Professor Wong Khoon Yoong, also from MME, investigated the infusion of mathematics disciplinary tasks into school mathematics at the Secondary One Express Level by designing the Singapore Mathematics Assessment and Pedagogy Project (SMAPP), a project that was implemented from 2008 to 2012.

Details of the Opening Ceremony and the list of distinguished keynote speakers and address abstracts are available in Annexe A and Annexe B, respectively.

Strands of the Conference

More than 375 papers will be presented in the form of keynote addresses, panels, individual presentations, workshops, symposia, special sessions and posters. The papers are divided into the following strands:

    1.   Civic and Moral Education

    2.   Cognition and Learning

    3.   Curriculum Development

    4.   Early Childhood Education

    5.   Educational Policies and Practices

    6.   Humanities and Social Studies Education

    7.   IT in Education

    8.   Language and Literacy Education

    9.   Learning Sciences

    10. Mathematics Education

    11. School Change and Leadership

    12. Science Education

    13. Special Needs Education

    14. Student Performance and Assessment

    15. Teacher Quality and Teacher Development

    16. Visual and Performance Arts

    17. Others  

Media Coverage

4 June 2013

The Straits Times (Home, Page B4): Praise for schools that encourage creative and critical thinking

5 June 2013

The Straits Times (Home, Page A3): Kids 'using gadgets at earlier age being exposed to risks'

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