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 has conducted research in practical work, development of diagnostic instruments to determine students’ understanding and alternative conceptions of science concepts, use of ICT in science learning, and the impact of educational research on classroom practices. He is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Science Education, Pedagogies: An international Journal, International Journal of Physics & Chemistry Education, and Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research. He is also an Advisory Board member for the Royal Society of Chemistry Advances in Chemistry Education Series, Chemistry Education Research and Practice, and the Journal of the Turkish Chemical Society, Section C: Chemical Education.

    Academic Background
    • PhD Curtin University of Technology
    • MSc Curtin University of Technology
    • Dip Ed
    • BSc (Hons) National University of Singapore
    MEd courses
    • Educational research
    • Representations and new media in science education
    • Integrative project
    PGDE(Sec) courses
    • Chemistry curriculum and instructional methods
    • Chemistry microteaching
    In-service courses
    • Creativity in teaching chemistry
    • Alternative conceptions in chemistry
    • Planning investigations and experimental design in chemistry
    • Datalogging in chemistry
    • Assessment
    • Representations 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