LOH Chin Ee

Associate Professor

Deputy Head (Research) - ELL

English Language & Literature (ELL)

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LLB Hons (NUS), PGDE (NIE), Masters in Literary Linguistics (Nottingham), PhD (University at Albany, State University of New York)


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Research Interests
Literacy and literature education at the intersection of globalization and equity- with a current focus on reading -school libraries and design of learning environments

  • Loh Chin Ee is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Research) at the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education. Formerly a secondary school teacher, she has taught at Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Yishun Town Secondary School.

    Chin Ee’s research focuses on literacy and literature education at the intersection of social class and globalisation. She is invested in using innovative research methods such as socio-spatial approaches and visual methods and drawing on insights from interdisciplinary connections to uncover insights about how better to improve students’ access to reading resources and practices. Findings from her Building a Reading Culture: A Nation-wide Study of Reading and School Libraries have been widely shared and significantly improved policy and practice on reading and school libraries in Singapore, while contributing to the international body of knowledge. Her most recent project is the How We Read Podcast, which is used as supplementary resource for her Masters course, Reading in a Multimodal Age.

    Chin Ee is the author of The Space and Practice of Reading: A Case Study of Social Class and Reading in Singapore (Routledge, 2017), and co-author of Literature Education in the Asia-Pacific: Policies, Practices and Perspectives in Global Times (Routledge, 2018) and Teaching Poetry to Adolescents: a Teachers’ Guide to Little Things (Ethos, 2013). Her co-edited poetry anthologies, Little Things (Ethos, 2013) and Poetry Moves (Ethos, 2020) are widely used in secondary schools. Her work has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Cultural Geographies, Literacy, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and Anthropology and Education Quarterly, among others. Chin Ee is Book Review and Associate editor of  Pedagogies, an international journal, and founder of enl*ght, a NIE-based student-run publication for Literature teachers. She has spoken widely internationally and within Singapore on literature education, reading, school libraries and the design of learning environments.

    For more information about her current work, you can refer to her website.

    • Literacy Education, focusing particularly on reading, equity and school libraries
    • Literature Education, including multicultural literature and place-based learning
    • Reading across the lifespan
    • Teacher education

  • Associate Professor Loh Chin Ee currently teachers pre-service, inservice and postgraduate courses on literature education, reading and school libraries at NIE. She also supervises students’ research projects and practicum.

    Higher Degree Courses
    MAE808: Literature and Language Education
    MAE832: The History and Practice of Reading
    MEL918: Reading in a Multimodal Age
    MEL812: Developing Reading Competence and Vocabulary
    MEL902 / MLE817: Analyzing Literature and Language
    MLE814: Literature Assessment: Issues in Approach and Design
    MMM800: Critical Inquiry

    Preservice Courses
    AAE28B: Introduction to Children's Literature
    ACR42A: Designing Literature Curriculum and Assessment
    ACR422: Literature Assessment
    QCR520: Aims and Approaches to Literature Education
    QCR523: Literature Assessment, Writing and Teacher Reflection
    QUE514: Understanding and Implementing an English Language Curriculum

    Inservice Courses
    IEL2059: Designing a Lower Secondary Literature Curriculum
    IEL2064: Teaching and Assessing the Unseen for the Upper Secondary
    IEL2066: Infusing Literature and Rich Texts in the English Language Classroom
    IEL2072: Writing in the Literature Classroom
    IEL2075: Acing Literature Essays - Approaches to Teaching Writing and Tackling Examination  Questions
    IEL2084: Teaching and Assessing Writing in the Literature Classroom
    IEL2090: Managing the Secondary School Library

    Practicum Supervision
    Educational Research
    Undergraduate Research (URECA)

  • Associate Professor Loh Chin Ee has supervised research on a wide range of topics from literature education to reading and school libraries. She welcomes applications for graduate research on all areas of reading, particularly at the intersection of reading and technology, social class and globalization.

    PhD Supervisions

    • Gan Sujia (2021 to Present) Developing Global Citizenship through Postmodern Picture Books
    • Edmen Leong (2019 to Present) Reading Motivation Strategies for Learners with Dyslexia

    PhD Thesis Advisory Committee

    • Tong-Laurence Gladys Mayping (2021 to Present) Transforming School Libraries in Singapore to Increase Readership and Book Circulation (NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Information Science)

    Masters Supervisions

    • Karen Sia (current, MEd) - Examining the use of e-readers with reluctant readers in a local secondary school
    • Wan Zhong Hao (current, MAAL) - Geosemiotic Study of Learning Spaces in a Singapore Secondary School.
    • Nursafiqah Bte Sa’ad (2019, MEd) - The Impact of Book Discussions on the Reading Motivation of a Secondary One Normal Technical Class.
    • Eunice Goh Jiaying (2019, MEd) - Studying the Effectiveness of an Integrated Language-Literature Approach to Teaching GCE O-Level Reading Comprehension Skills
    • Angela Chew (2018, MEd) - Walking the City: Developing Critical Spatial Competencies through Literature (ERAS Gold Medal for Masters by Coursework)
    • Indirani d/o Palaraju (2015, MAAL) ‘Literature in English’ as an O-level Subject: What are the Attitudes of Secondary School Graduates?
    • Serene Wee (2013, MEd) Writing Singapore in Multicultural Context.

    • Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award, 2019

  • Educational Research

    • Megan Low (2021) A Look at Literature Classrooms, and How Young Adult Literature Can Help
    • Arina Nadiah (2021) Pleasure Reading Habits and Preferences of Singapore Preadolescents Aged 9 to 12 Years Old.
    • Elia M. Hamarian (2020) Design Patterns for School Libraries (NIE Dean’s Commendation for Undergraduate Research)
    • Navethira R Chandra (2019) - The Reading Preferences of Singapore History Teachers
    • Alicia Lim (2019) - A Case Study of Two Adolescent Avid Readers in Singapore
    • Mohd Syafiq bin Hashim (2019) - Design of Primary School Library Space in Promoting a Reading Culture
    • Choo Meifang (2018) - Optimizing the Primary School Library for Reading: An Exploratory Study (NIE Dean’s Commendation for Undergraduate Research)
    • Haslinda Bte Safini (2017) - A Review on the Relationship between Reading and Success in Academic Achievement
    • Nur Liyana (2017) - Roles of a Teacher-Librarian in the 21st Century Library
    • Jasmine Chan (2017) - The Effective Role of a School Library Towards Reading


    • Janarthanan Ahalya (2020) YA Romance: The Teenagers’ Search for Romantic Realities in Fictional Worlds
    • Maisarah Zulkifly (2019) - “I Always Need a Translation to Read”: English-Malay Bilingual Singapore Children’s Reading Preferences (URECA Poster, 2nd Prize & URECA Undergraduate Research Excellence Award)
    • Mak Cheng Hon (2018) - Exploring Student Behaviours in Secondary School Libraries (URECA)