World Renowned Professors of Education meet at the National Institute of Education, Singapore

World Renowned Professors of Education meet at the National Institute of Education, Singapore

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The National Institute of Education is jointly organising the 2nd Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) conference with the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association and the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) from the 26th - 28th of November 2008. The Guest of Honour for the Opening Ceremony is Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education.  

The theme of the conference, Educational Research for Innovation and Quality in Education: Policy & Pedagogical Engagements Across Contexts reflects the world's commitment to developing innovative learning and assessment practices. New activities, technologies and approaches are constantly being introduced into our classrooms locally and globally. The idea of innovation is critical for continuous improvement and to enable growth in our educational achievements. Thus, this conference is most timely for addressing issues of interest to educational researchers, policy makers, practitioners across contexts, disciplines and schools. APERA 2008 brings together over 1000 participants from about 39 countries across the globe to discuss innovative ways to facilitate teaching and learning that will ultimately benefit the child in the classroom. A panel of world renowned scholars in the educational arena from England, America, Israel and Asia will be giving keynote addresses on a wide range of educational issues that will impact the ways we think about teaching and learning. For more information, please visit:
Of great significance is also the meeting of Presidents of over 20 global Educational Research Associations from around the world to jointly set up the World Educational Research Association (WERA), a global body of research associations with the main objective of advancing educational research as a scientific and scholarly field. The goal is for research and findings of a particular educational research association to be quickly disseminated to all other research associations so that the best practices of any educational system can be shared globally. The greater ease of collaborations between partner educational associations will ultimately lead to capacity building in the area of educational research. The list of attendees for WERA is in Annexe C.

The programme for the opening ceremony is at Annexe A. The list of keynoters and the abstracts of their talks is given in Annexe B.

Annexe A


Guests and Participants to be seated

Arrival of guest of honour, Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Education

Welcome address by Assoc Prof Tan Oon Seng, Dean, Foundation Programmes Office & APERA Conference 2008 Co-Chair

Opening address by guest of honour

Dance Performance 'Glory of Life' by St Margaret's Secondary School

Keynote address 'Western Influences on the East, Eastern Influences on the West: Lessons for the East and West' by Professor Julian (Joe) Elliott, Durham University, England