TAN Seng Chong, Jason

Senior Lecturer

Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

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MEd, BEng (Hons), Adv Dip D&T, Dip Ed (Credit)


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Research Interests
design & technology education, design methodology & pedagogy (secondary school level)

  • Jason has taught in the Singapore secondary schools and worked in the Ministry of Education HQ before joining NIE/NTU. He has experience in teaching Design & Technology, Mathematics and Computer Applications. In his service with MOE, he held the positions of Head of Department; Curriculum Specialist; and Senior Curriculum Specialist for Design & Technology education.

    As a subject specialist, Jason has experience in the review of textbooks; review and revision of the syllabuses; monitor schools' programme; conduct workshops for teachers; conduct talks for pupils; advise schools on related education matters; write guidebooks for teachers; and conduct and administer national coursework examination exercise.

    Jason is committed to work involving Design & Technology education in the secondary schools and in furthering the professional interests of the Design & Technology fraternity.

    Academic Background
    • MEd, NTU, Singapore
    • BEng in Civil (Hons), NTU, Singapore
    • Adv Dip in D&T, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
    • Dip Ed (Credit), Institute of Education, Singapore
    • Dip in Civil Eng, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
    Professional Organisations
    • International Technology Education and Engineer Association, USA
    • Design & Technology Association, UK
    • Design & Technology Educator Society, Singapore
    Professional Activities
    • External Examiner, NTU-Art Design Media – Product Design (2009 – present)
    • Design & Technology Subject Syllabuses (Secondary) – Syllabus Review Committee Member, Ministry of Education, (2009 – present).
    • Ministry of Education, D&T Awards Evaluation Panel member (2005 – present).
    • Knowledgeable Others – Broadrick Secondary School (2011)
    • Annual D&T Pupils Seminar – Organising Committee Member (2003 – present).
    • Committee Member, Design & Technology Educator Society, Singapore (1988 – present).
    • Judge for design competition: TKKYIA; St Andrew’s Secondary School Millennium Race; D&T Awards Evaluation.
    Conferences and Workshops
    • Tan, S.C., Jason (2016, November). “Mind-Sketch Model In-action”. Keynote Address, Design & Technology Fraternity Meet 2016, Singapore.
    • Tan, S.C.J. (2010, November) – Keynote address at the 2nd Assembly of Youths for Environment (2010), Theme: Tomorrow’s Future, Today’s Action; co-organised by Queensway Secondary School and Singapore Polytechnic.  Topic: “Learning to be Creative for an environmentally sustainable future”
    • Tan, S.C.J., (2009, November) – Lead Speaker, Seminar cum Workshop in conjunction with the 19TH Teachers’ Day Celebration 2009, Theme: “TEACHING QUALITY AND STANDARD: IT MATTERS IN THE CLASSROOM IN SPN21”, Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam.  Topic: Design and Technology: the instructional practice
    • Tan, S.C.J., & Chia, S.C. (2009, March). The Use of TabSketchTM in Idea Growing. Paper presented at The 4th World Teachers' Day in Thailand and 12th UNESCO-APEID International Conference - Quality Innovations for Teaching and Learning, Bangkok.
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  • Design & Technology (D&T) Education at the secondary school level; the teaching of design as a process in-action.  Areas of focus:

    • Theoretical framework for design education and design methodologies (deeper practice); design cognition and meta-representation.
    • Teaching and learning of D&T (coaching and facilitating): key pedagogical approaches; design journal as a design-thinking tool; visual literacy; 3-D modelling, macquette and making on pupils’ cognition and spatial mastery; expert knowledge vis-à-vis D&T knowledge ‘transfer’ to pupils; ICT – Tablet PC & Sketch Software.
    • Issues and Practices in D&T Education; Managing and Resourcing D&T Education.

    • QCN523 Teaching and Evaluating the Problem Solving Process
    • QCN524 Material Processing (Wood)
    • QCN525 Managing and Teaching the Design and Technology Curriculum
    • INS5129 Drawing Skills – Understanding the Basics
    • INS5132 Teaching & Facilitating the Design Process
    • INS5138 Issues in Secondary School Design and Technology Education
    • INS2050 EWI: Supporting and Facilitating Pupils’ D&T Project Work
    • INS2098 Idea Conceptualisation Through Idea Growing
    • INS2115 Teacher-Pupil Coach-Designer
    • INS2140 Design-and-Make II (Shape Borrowing!)
    • INS2141 Design-and-Make III (SCAMPER!)
    • INS2146 Tablet PC and Sketch Software in Idea Conceptualisation
    • INS2142 Refresher on Machining Skills I
    • INS2143 Refresher on Machining Skills II
    • INS2144 Refresher on Machining Skills III
    • INS2145 Refresher on Machining Skills IV
    • MLS114 Management and Leadership in Schools (Craft & Technology Elective)

    • Excellence in Teaching Commendation 2016
    • Excellence in Teaching Commendation 2008
    • Excellence in Teaching Commendation 2007
    • Excellence in Teaching Commendation 2005