TAN Hwee Phio Charlene

Associate Professor

Policy & Leadership Studies (PLS)

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  • BA (Hons), MA (Philosophy), PhD (Philosophy), National University of Singapore
  • MA (TESOL/Applied Linguistics), University of Leicester
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (History & English Language), Nanyang Technological University


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Research Interests
Philosophy of Education, Comparative Education, Chinese Philosophy and Education, Critical Thinking

  • Charlene TAN (陈惠萍) is an associate professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. A former high school teacher in Singapore, she has taught for close to two decades in a variety of education settings. Her research focuses on the philosophical and comparative aspects of education with a particular interest in Confucianism and East Asian education systems. She has (co)authored 7 books and over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters. Her books include Learning from Shanghai: Lessons on Achieving Educational Success (Springer), Confucius (Bloomsbury), Educational Policy Borrowing in China: Looking West or Looking East? (Routledge), and Comparing High-performing Education Systems: Singapore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong (Routledge).

    Click here for her publications on Google Scholar.

    Click here for her interview with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in the Educational Change SIG, Lead the Change Series.

    • NEDD 831: Values & Ethics for Leaders 
    • MEM 843: Philosophy of Education
    • MECE 806: 教育政策制定 (this course is 'Educational Policy Making' and is taught in Mandarin)
    • MEM 851: Key Issues in Education Policy
    • MEM 838: Ethics and Leadership
    • MEM 850: Interdisciplinary Thinking for Educational Leaders
    • QKS 54C: Knowledge Skills: Multidimensional Thinking Skills
    • AED 23C: Critical Reasoning Skills for Effective Teaching


    • Visiting Professor, College of Education, SungKyunKwan University, South Korea, 2018
    • Visiting Scholar, Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, City University of Hong Kong, 2017 
    • Visiting Scholar,  School of Educational Studies and Leadership, University of Canterbury, 2017
    • Visiting International Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada, 2016
    • Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award, National Institute of Education, 2011, 2015
    • Visiting Scholar, Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University, 2013
    • Visiting Fellow, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University, 2012
    • Visiting Fellow, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, 2010
    • Visiting Scholar, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, 2009
    • Visiting Research Associate, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, 2009
    • Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore, 1994-1996, 2000-2002
    • Special Book Prize in Philosophy, National University of Singapore, 1993/1994
    • Dean’s List, National University of Singapore, 1992/1993