Dr Wong Hwei Ming is a Research Scientist in the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education (NIE).
Prior to joining NIE, Dr Wong was a primary school teacher at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (Primary) for several years. She has also worked in the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) as an educational psychologist in the Psychological and Guidance Services Branch (former), Education Programmes Division.
Dr Wong has more than 13 years of experience in education research, mainly in the area of assessment practices and assessment literacy. She first worked as a Research Associate in the Centre of Research in Pedagogy and Practice, NIE on several assessment projects, such as CORE 1 Panel 5 (2004–2005) that examined the quality of the Singaporean teachers’ assessment tasks/assignments, the quality of students’ work, giving her the familiarity of conducting interviews with teachers, and evaluating assessment tasks. She also worked on the SING*READ Assessment project (2005–2006) for Primary 1 students and has helped to design some of the assessment items.
Other projects that Dr Wong has worked on include: Improving Teacher Assessment Literacy through Professional Development in Redesigning Classroom Assessment Tasks (2006–2007), Teacher Agency for Professional Development in Science Education (2007–2009), Scaling Up Smart Pen Technology for Primary One Reading Assessments (2009–2010), and Formative Assessments of Reading Comprehension (2009–2011).
In recent years, Dr Wong worked on several MOE-contracted projects: Assessments of Literacy and Numeracy in P1 and P2 Classrooms (2009–2010), PERI Summative Evaluation Baseline Study (2011–2013) and PERI Summative Evaluation Follow-up Study (2014–2015) where she had oversight of the hiring, data collection, data analysis and management of research assistants. Her current projects include Implementation of Self-Assessment and Investigation of Feedback in Lower Primary Classrooms (2015-2018), Qualitative Study on the Implementation of PERI HA in Primary Schools (2016-2018) and Core 3 Research Programme: Baseline Investigation of Subject-Domain Pedagogies in Singapore’s Primary and Secondary Classrooms (C3-PP) (2017-2019).
Besides conducting research, Dr Wong also teaches the Management and Leadership in Schools course elective: MLS038 Student-Involved Assessment and conducts a 10-hours Professional Development workshop annually at AST: Student Self-Assessment: 5Ws and 1 H. Upon requests from schools, Dr Wong has worked with several primary and secondary schools to provide customised professional development workshops on student-involved assessment for their teachers.
Other than research experience, Dr Wong is also a registered educational psychologist in Singapore and has been a part-time school counsellor at a local primary school for over 14 years. She has published articles on bullying and managing students’ stress.