Curriculum Evaluation and Change for a Re-envisioned NIE Chemistry Program

Introduction to our research

This project is a program evaluation of the Bachelor of Science (Education) Chemistry practical curriculum at NIE. It is rooted in the intrinsic interests of the Chemistry and Chemistry Education professors in the Natural Sciences and Science Education academic group at NIE to understand how the practical curriculum can be improved and aligned more closely to Singapore MOE 21st Core Competencies framework and NIE Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21) model as we prepare the undergraduates to become future teachers. The evaluation focuses on the chemistry practical curriculum of the BSc(Ed) Chemistry program encompassing subject matter and pedagogical training to undergraduates who will eventually become school teachers.

Research Team

Principal Investigator

twteoTEO Tang Wee
Assistant Professor
Tang Wee has graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Her research interest in examining cultural issues in science curriculum was inspired by her research experience at a specialized STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or STEM-focused school in the United States. She strongly believes that to nurture scientifically literate learners, science should be taught in culturally relevant ways so that it becomes interesting and relevant. She hopes that her inaugural book on Culturally Relevant Science Activities (2014) co-written with Singapore teachers will inspire other colleagues to foreground culture in science teaching. Additionally, her current research work includes examining gender issues in science, technology, and engineering contexts. In particular, she uses the construct of ‘positionality’ to critically examine how female science teachers construct their identity at the intersectionality of science, gender, and education.


kcdtanTAN Kim Chwee, Daniel
Associate Professor
Daniel Tan is Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained his B.Sc.(Hons) and Diploma in Education from the National University of Singapore, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Curtin University of Technology. He taught chemistry in secondary school for 8 years before moving on to teacher education at the National Institute of Education. He has conducted research in students' understanding and alternative conceptions of science concepts, science curriculum, practical work and the use of ICT in science learning. He has developed two-tier multiple choice diagnostic instruments for determining secondary students' understanding of chemical bonding, inorganic chemistry qualitative analysis, and ionisation energy. 

ykyanYAN Yaw Kai
Associate Professor
Yaw Kai obtained his B.Sc. (Hon) in 1990 from the National University of Singapore and was awarded the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Gold Medal (best chemistry Honours student) and the Lijen Industrial Development Medal (best Chemistry Honours research project). He stayed on to do M.Sc. research on the chemistry and XPS studies of rhenium carbonyl complexes. In 1991 he began Ph.D. research (supported by the NTU Overseas Graduate Scholarship and the Overseas Research Student Award, U.K.) with Professor Mike Mingos, then at the University of Oxford, working on charge-transfer salts based on metallacarborane complexes. In 1992 Yaw Kai moved to Imperial College, University of London, together with Professor Mingos, and completed his Ph.D. studies there in February 1995. He joined NIE as a lecturer in May 1995, and is currently Associate Professor. Yaw Kai received the Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Singapore) Education Award in 2001. Yaw Kai's research is mainly on organometallic chemistry and its applications in medicine, catalysis, and material science.

ycteoTEO Yong Chua
Assistant Professor
Dr. Teo Yong Chua obtained both his BSc. (Hons) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore. His Ph.D dissertation was on the design of chiral indium complexes for asymmetric catalysis, under the supervision of Professor Loh Teck Peng. During his Ph.D candidature, he had successfully developed and applied two novel chiral indium catalysts for various important asymmetric organic reactions including the allylation of carbonyl functionality, Diels-Alder and Mukaiyama Aldol reactions. His current research is directed towards the discovery and development of new asymmetric catalytic systems and synthetic methodologies, with emphasis on elegance and broad utility of reaction protocol and applicability towards synthesis of biologically active compounds.

Research Assistants

LWYeo1YEO Leck Wee
Research Assistant
Leck Wee graduated from a Bachelor of Psychological Science program from Griffith University in 2012. His research interest is on the betterment of education through sustainable curriculum improvement, and is currently assisting Dr. Teo Tang Wee with data collection and transformation in this project. 


Teo, T. W., Tan, K. C. D., Yan, Y. K., Teo, Y. C., & Yeo, L. W. (2014). How flip teaching supports undergraduate chemistry laboratory learning. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 


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