TAN Kim Chwee, Daniel

Associate Professor

Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

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Research Interests
students' conceptions, diagnostic instruments, representations in science, chemistry curriculum, information and communication technology in science education

  • 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. Daniel enjoys teaching chemistry education courses and received the Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award from the National Institute of Education in 2009 and 2014. He also received the Hewlett-Packard Innovation in Information Technology (HP INIT) Gold Award 2002 and INNERGY Awards 2002 (Gold) for the development of a chemistry multi-media instructional package in collaboration with Crescent Girls’ School.

    Daniel conducts 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.  He is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Science Education and Chemistry Education Research and Practice, and an Advisory Board member for the Royal Society of Chemistry Advances in Chemistry Education Series.

    Academic Background
    • PhD Curtin University of Technology

    • MSc Curtin University of Technology

    • Dip Ed

    • BSc (Hons) National University of Singapore

    MEd modules
    • MSC884 Science Curriculum Change and Evaluation

    • MSC888 Representations and New Media in Science Education

    PGDE(Sec) modules
    • QCY520 Teaching of chemistry I (Curriculum and instructional methods)

    • QCY522 Teaching of chemistry III (Microteaching)

    PGDE(JC) modules
    • QCY540 Teaching of JC chemistry I (Curriculum and instructional methods)

    In-service courses
    • Creativity in teaching chemistry

    • Alternative conceptions in chemistry

    • Planning investigations and experimental design in chemistry

    • Datalogging in chemistry

    • Assessment in primary science

    Research Interests
    • Development of diagnostic instruments to determine students’ understanding of science conceptions

    • Multimodality in chemistry

    • Science curriculum

    • Practical work

    • ICT in science education

    • Impact of education research on classroom practices