TEO Tang Wee

Associate Professor

Natural Sciences & Science Education (NSSE)

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PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MEd, Science Education (by dissertation), National Institute of Education, Singapore

BSc (Chemistry, First Class Honours), National University of Singapore

PGDE(S) (Credit) National Institute of Education, Singapore


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Research Interests
cultural sociology, gender studies, lower track learners, social equity, sociocultural studies, STEM and STEAM education

  • TEO Tang Wee is an Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences and Science Education (Academic Group) in the National Institute of Education. She is also the Co-Head of the Multi-centric Education, Research and Industry STEM Centre (meriSTEM@NIE). 
    Tang Wee is a social equity scholar in science education. She applies a critical lens to examine diverse equity issues in science education that affect learners (e.g., science learners with special education needs, lower track students, children aged 6-8, and international students) who are underrepresented in the local and international literature. She has more than a decade of teaching and research experience in STEM teaching and learning, specifically, critical studies of STEM education. Her current work focuses on special education needs science learners and lower track science students. As a trained chemist and chemistry education professor, she also actively publishes in chemistry education journals.

    Tang Wee was awarded the Singapore Ministry of Education Teaching Award to read Chemistry at the National University of Singapore. She gave the keynote speech at the Chemistry Honours Symposium and graduated with First Class Honors. She was an active member of the Special Programme in Science and Talent Development Programme. She was placed on the Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters and the Vice-Chancellor’s List for meritorious academic achievements. In 2018, she was the recipient of the NIE Research Excellence Award and the Xilong Scientific - Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Industry Award in Chemistry Education.

    Prior to her doctoral studies, Tang Wee taught at Naval Base Secondary School, Meridian Junior College, and the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

    In 2007-2011, she received the National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During that time, Tang Wee worked on several research projects. She was a research assistant of a National Science Foundation funded project A Learning Progression for Scientific Modeling. She conducted a case study on inquiry reform and curriculum evaluation in a US STEM school and was hired as a program evaluator on a UIUC Graduate College Focal Initiative outreach programme. She also taught a Masters level educational psychology course to preservice teachers enrolled in the Illinois teacher certification programme.

    She co-edited the books Teaching Science in Culturally-Relevant Ways: Ideas From Singapore Teachers (2014) and Science Education Research and Practice in Asia-Pacific and Beyond (2017). She also co-edited a special issue on Critical Issues in STEM Schools in the journal Theory Into Practice and edited a focus issue on Play in Early Childhood Science Education in the journal Pedagogies: An International Journal and a special issue. Currently, she is editing a special issue on Broadening and Deepening the Dialogue About "Low Achievers” in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education

    Website: https://teotangwee.wixsite.com/teotangwee
    Curriculum Vitae: PDF

    Professional Organisations

    • National Association of Research in Science Teaching
    • American Educational Research Association
    • Australasian Science Education Research Association
    • Australian Association of Research in Education
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


    • Teaching of NIE International courses:
    • AEDS  008 The Teaching of Science at the Secondary Level (Allied Educators' course)
    • AEDP 012A Introduction to the Teaching of Science at the Primary Level (Allied Educators' course)
    • SPDS012 Assessment Modes and Resource Management in Primary Science (Special Needs Educators' course)
    • Research consultant on MOE EduLab Project Multiple Representations in Organic Chemistry
    • Core member of MOE Academy of Singapore Teachers Teachers Research Network
    • Member of the MOE Singapore Curriculum Philosophy and Pedagogical Practices sub-committee for Math and Science
    • Consultancy to schools on The Design and Making of Flip Science Lessons
    • Consultancy on evaluation of STEM programmes

    Professional Activities

    • NARST Committee Member: Strand 9 Reflective Practice Co-coordinator, 2010-2012
    • Associate Editor of the journal Asia-Pacific Science Education
    • Associate Editor Pedagogies: An International Journal
    • Reviewer for the Journal Pedagogies: An International Journal
    • Reviewer for the Journal Cultural Studies in Science Education
    • Reviewer for the Journal Journal of Mixed Methods Research
    • Reviewer for the Journal Journal of Curriculum Studies
    • Reviewer for the Journal Journal of Chemical Education
    • Reviewer for the Journal Chemistry Education and Research and Practice
    • Reviewer for the Journal Teachers College Record
    • Reviewer for the Journal Research in Science Education
    • Reviewer for EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
    • Reviewer for AERA and NARST

    Research Grants

    Grant Number




    OER 25/17 TTW
    (SGD 216,926)

    Science teachers and teaching of special education needs students

    Mar 2018-Dec 2020


    ARF 02/17 TSC

    Improving Science Instruction through Teacher Noticing and Reflective Dialogues

    Feb 2018-Jul 2020


    SUG 04/17 FB

    Capturing Change through the Lens of Cogenerative Dialogue: Engagement, Interaction and Measurements

    Jun 2017-Dec 2018


    OER 09/16 WLY

    The influence of a collaborative PD programme on teachers’ self-efficacy and its sustainability in teaching low progress students

    Sept 2016-Aug 2019


    OER 10/16 TTW
    (SGD 99, 910)

    “We ‘Own’ the Teachers”: Understanding subcultures of Singapore Lower Track Science Classrooms

    Aug 2016 – Feb 2019


    SUG 09/15 TTW
    (SGD 19,980)

    Understanding how the Girls To Pioneers Programme Affect Students' Attitudes towards STEM and shape their STEM-related identities

    Nov 2015-Mar 2017


    OER 16/13 TTW
    (SGD 99,985)

    “Children are natural scientists”: Learning science in early childhood and early primary years

    Feb 2014-Dec 2015


    OER 51/12 TWT
    (SGD 249,980)

    Examining Normal Academic/Technical Students' Science Learning from a Sociological and Cultural Lens

    June 2013-Dec 2016


    OER2/12 TTW
    (SGD 72,348)

    Curriculum Evaluation and Change for a Re-envisioned NIE Chemistry Program

    June 2012-2014


    OER 10/12 WJS

    Design Study Approach to Teacher Professional Development to Support the Implementation of the Revised 2013 Lower Secondary Science Curriculum

    July 2012-Jul 2014


    SUG 33/12 TTW
    (SGD 18,287)

    Using Visual Ethnography to Examine Students' Science Research Experience: Attaining Verstehen from Images and Texts

    Dec 2012-Jul 2014



    • Critical studies of science education
      (gender, sociopolitical, sociocultural, cultural sociology)
    • Lower track students
    • STE(A)M education
    • Early childhood science education
    • Special needs science education

    • ACY42B Trends, Issues and Challenges in Chemistry Education
    • QCY52B Pedagogies in Chemistry Education II
    • QCY52C Assessment Practices in School Chemistry
    • QCY 540 The Teaching of A-Level Chemistry I
    • QCY541 The Teaching of A-Level Chemistry II
    • MSC 902 Science Curriculum Change and Curriculum Evaluation
    • MSC 903 Science as Practice
    • MSC 907 Critical Studies in Science Education
    • AGE 192 Gender Issues in Science, Engineering, and Technology
    • INS2130 (Inservice) Teaching the Revised H2 Chemistry
    • INS0037 (inservice) The Design and Making of Flip Science Lessons
    • INS2097 (inservice) Inquiry Chemistry for Secondary Schools
    • INS2155 Teaching teh Revised H3 Chemistry

    • Doctor of Philosophy (Education) - Mohamed Faizal Bin Badron
    • Master of Art (Research) - Ong Wee Yong

    • Xilong Scientific - Singapore National Institute of Chemistry Industry Award in Chemistry Education (2018)
    • NIE Excellence in Research Award (2018)
    • Nanyang Award (Teamwork) (2012)
    • National Institute of Education (Singapore) Overseas Graduate Scholarship (2007-2011)
    • Ministry of Education (Singapore) Teaching Award (1998-2002)
    • Vice-Chancellor’s List, National University of Singapore (2002)
    • Dean’s List for Meritorious Performance, National University of Singapore (1998-2002)