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.  Before becoming a qualified school teacher, he worked for a few years in the chemical fluid purification industry (with Pall Corporation, a US MNC) and then as a quality assurance chemist in the pharmaceutical industry (with Glaxochem, now known as GlaxoSmithKline, a UK MNC).  Thereafter, he taught secondary school science for 12 years, including seven years as Head of the Science Department.  In 2000 he joined NIE to help train pre- and in-service teachers.  His areas of research and practice in schools and at NIE include Reflective Learning, School Experimental Science and Affective Learning in Science Education. 

    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
    • International Teacher Professional Development Projects (with NIE International)
    Research, Development & Consultation Projects
    • NIE/NTU Undergraduate REsearch on CAmpus, URECA, BSc(Ed) Year 4 Student Project 2018/2019 (supervised student won the NTU Research Excellence Education Segment Award 2019 and the Global Undergraduate Research Award 2020)
    • 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 2017).
    • School-based Collaboration, Affective Learning in Science Education (ALiSE, completed 2016)
    • Cambodian Curricular Review and Teacher Development Consultation Project sponsored by Asian Development Bank, administered by NIE International (2018-2020)
    • Suzhou Industrial Park “Smart Home” International Teacher Training Program sponsored by Temasek Foundation, administered by NIE International (2018-2020) 
    • Brazilian Educators’ Professional Development Project sponsored by Instituto Ayrton Senna (IAS), supported by IE Singapore and administered by NIE International (2018)

    • 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 & STE(A)M Education in School Science

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

  • 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)
    School Leadership Courses
    • Management and Leadership in School (Primary)
    • Management and Leadership in School (Secondary)

    • Doctoral research on the topic of scaffolding in school practical chemistry (Graduated, 2017)
    • Master of Teaching (two candidates, 2012, 2014)