TAN Kok Siang

Senior Lecturer

Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

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  • PhD Nanyang Technological University
  • MSc (Training) University of Leicester
  • FPDE Nanyang Technological University
  • Dip Ed National University of Singapore
  • BSc National University of Singapore


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Research Interests
reflective learning, school experimental science, assessment in science education, short-cycle formative assessment, affective science education, STEM and STEAM education

  • Kok Siang is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Chemical Education at the National Institute of Education.  He was a school science/chemistry teacher since 1989 with Manjusri Secondary School where he also served as the Head of the Science Department. He then joined the NIE in 2000 to help train pre- and in-service teachers.  Much earlier in his career, before joining the teaching profession, he worked in the chemical fluid purification industry (with Pall Corporation) and then as a quality assurance chemist in the pharmaceutical industry (with Glaxochem, now known as GlaxoSmithKline). 

    Professional Activities
    • Assessment in School Science (including Assessment for Learning and Differentiated Assessment)
    • Pedagogy in Affective Learning Domain (values education, 21st Century Competencies)
    • Reflective pedagogy in the classroom/laboratory (workshops for teachers and reflective classroom/laboratory lessons for students)
    • Teaching and learning issues on Science Practical Assessment (including scaffolded laboratory instructions)
    • Professional reflective practice for teachers
    Research Projects
    • School-based Collaboration, Affective Learning in Science Education (ALiSE, completed 2016)
    • Co-PI, Formative Assessment (NIE, completed, 2016)
    • Co-PI, Science Teacher Preparation in APEC Economies (International, completed 2016)
    • Graduate Research Supervisor, Scaffolding (PhD Research, Graduated 2016).
    • School/Institution-based Collaboration, Integrating Student Learning and Teaching of Science (ISLeTS, on-going since 2016)

    • Affective science education in primary and secondary schools (current research and practice project)
    • School experimental science (including student-designed chemistry experiments, doctoral research)
    • Reflective learning in the classroom and laboratory (doctoral research)
    • STEM & STEAM Education in School Science

    • Hon. Treasurer, Life Member, Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Member, American Chemical Society
    • Life Member, Educational Research Association Singapore
    • Life Member, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry

  • Pre-service Courses
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary): Teaching of School Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Science (Education): Teaching of School Chemistry
    In-service Courses
    • In-service Courses: Science & Chemistry Inquiry Learning; Critical Thinking in School Science; Differentiated Instructions and Differentiated Assessment in School Science
    • Advanced Diploma in Primary Science Education (Assessment, Primary Science Themes)

    • Doctoral research on the topic of scaffolding in school practical chemistry (on-going)
    • Master of Teaching (two candidates, 2012, completing 2014)