Description of Task Force
This emerging research area focuses on exploring pedagogies in Singapore and other education systems from various international and Asian comparative research perspectives, and rediscovering relevant pedagogical discourses from local intellectual traditions.
‘Pedagogies’ is referred to as teaching and learning that is embedded within and mediated by discourses of educational theories, values, evidence and justifications, cultural-sociological contexts, everyday practices, and systems or structural actions. Thus the term ‘pedagogy’ is used in the plural sense in order to embrace diverse and multiple forms not just within, but across cultures, countries and regions.
A key area that will be examined is the Singapore education success story, with the intention to gain deep insights on its achievements through careful and nuanced examination of aspects of its teaching and learning. Both intra- and inter-regional referencing will be undertaken to illuminate the Singapore narrative.
List of team members:
List of team members' publications related to the research theme:
- Fang Yanping
Y. P., & Gopinathan, S. (2009). Teachers and Teaching in Eastern and
Western Schools: A Critical Review of Cross-Cultural Comparative Studies. In L.
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Handbook of Research on Teachers And Teaching. New York: Springer.
- Dennis Kwek Beng Kiat
C., Kwek, D., & Toh, Y. (2013). Leadership for 21st century learning in
Singapore’s high-performing schools. In OECD, Leadership for 21st century learning (pp. 107–134). Paris, France:
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
D., Chan, M., Rahim, R., Kwek, D., Khin, M. A., Loo, S. C., Sheng, Y. Z., &
Luo, W. S. (2013). Assessment and the logic of instructional practice in
Secondary 3 English and Mathematics classrooms in Singapore. Review of Education, 1(1), 57–106.
D., Kwek, D., Towndrow, P., Rahim, R., Tan, T. K., Yang, H. J., & Chan, M.
(2014). Visible learning and the enacted curriculum in Singapore. In Z. Deng,
S. Gopinathan & C. Lee (Eds.), Globalization
and the Singapore curriculum: From policy to classroom (pp. 121–149).
Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
D. (2003), Decolonizing and re-presenting
culture’s consequences: A post-colonial critique of cross-cultural studies in
management. In A. Prasad (Ed.), Postcolonial theory and organizational analysis: A critical engagement (pp. 121–148). New
York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
D., & Tan, C. (2010). Labouring for children: Transnational experiences of
Chinese migrant mothers and children in Singapore’s eduscape. In T. C. Wong
& J. Rigg (Eds.), Asian cities,
migrant labour and contested spaces (pp. 110–132). London, UK: Routledge.
- Maria Manzon
W. O., Napier, D. B., & Manzon, M. (2014). Does context still matter? The
dialectics of comparative education, Asia
Pacific Journal of Education, 34(2), 139–152.
M. (2004). Building alliances: Schools, parents and communities in Hong
Kong and Singapore. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre, The
University of Hong Kong.
M. (2010). Shape-shifting of comparative education: Towards a comparative
history of the field. In M. Larsen (Ed.), New
thinking in comparative education: Honouring Robert Cowen (pp. 83–101).
Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers.
M. (2011). Comparative education: The
construction of a field. Hong Kong: Comparative Education Research Centre,
The University of Hong Kong/Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
M. (2014). Comparing places. In M. Bray, B. Adamson & M. Mason, (Eds.), Comparative education research: Approaches
and methods (2nd Ed.) (pp. 97–137). Hong Kong & Dordrecht: Comparative
Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong & Springer.
- Jennifer Tan Pei-Ling
J. P.-L., & McWilliam, E. (2009). From literacy to multiliteracies: Diverse
learners and pedagogical practice. Pedagogies: An International
Journal, 4(3), 213–225.
- Melvin Chan Chee Yeen
- Hogan, D., Chan, M., Rahim, R., et al. (2013). Assessment and the logic of instructional practice in Secondary 3 English and Mathematics classrooms in Singapore. Review of Education, 1(1), 57–106.
- Hogan, D., Kwek, D., Towndrow, P., Rahim, R., Tan, T. K., Yang, H. J., & Chan, M. (2014). Visible learning and the enacted curriculum in Singapore. In Z. Deng, S. Gopinathan & C. Lee (Eds.), Globalization and the Singapore curriculum: From policy to classroom (pp. 121–149). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
- Hogan, D., Rahim, R., & Chan, M. (2012). Disciplinarity and the logic of mathematical tasks in Secondary 3 mathematics lessons in Singapore. In R. M. Gillies (Ed.), Pedagogy: New developments in the learning sciences (pp. 337-369). New York, Nova Publishers.
- Hogan, D., Rahim, R., Chan, M., et al. (2012). Understanding classroom talk in Secondary three mathematics classes in Singapore. In B. Kaur & T. L. Toh (Eds.), Reasoning and communication and connections in mathematics (pp. 169-198). Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.
- Rahim, R., Hogan, D., & Chan, M. (2012). The epistemic framing of mathematical tasks in Secondary three mathematics lessons in Singapore. In B. Kaur & T. L. Toh (Eds.), Reasoning and communication and connections in mathematics (pp. 11-56). Singapore, World Scientific Publishing.
- Yancy Toh
- Toh, Y., Wong, L.-H., Chai, C. S.,
Lee, J. Y. L., & Ng, J. P. S. (2013). Complex interaction between
technology, pedagogy and content knowledge: Case study in a Chinese language
classroom. In Wong, L.-H., Liu, C.-C., Hirashima, T., & Lukman, M. (Eds.) International Conference on Computers in Education 2013 (pp. 865-875). Denpasar, Indonesia: APSCE.
- Looi, C.K. & Toh, Y. (2013).
Orchestrating the flexible mobile learning classroom. In M. Ally & A.
Tsinakos (Eds.), Increasing Access
through Mobile Learning (pp. 161-174). Vancouver, B.C., Canada:
Commonwealth of Learning.
- Looi, C.K., So, H.J., Toh, Y., &
Chen, W.L. (2011). The Singapore experience: Synergy of national policy,
classroom practice and design research. International
Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6(1), 9-37.
- Toh, Y., & So, H.J. (2011). ICT
reform initiatives in Singapore schools: a complexity theory perspective. Asia Pacific Education Review, 12(3),
- Chen, W.L., Seow, S. K. P., So,
H.J., Toh, Y., & Looi, C.K. (2010). Extending students' learning spaces:
Technology-supported seamless learning. In International
Conference in Learning Sciences 2010. Chicago, IL: International Society of
- Lee Yew Jin
- Lee, Y.-J., Kim, M., & Yoon, H.-G. (2015, in press). The
intellectual demands of the intended primary science curriculum in Korea
and Singapore: An analysis based on revised Bloom’s taxonomy.
International Journal of Science Education.
- Lee, Y.-J., & Poon, C. L. (2014).The professional work of teachers in Singapore: Findings from a work-shadowing study. Asia Pacific Education Review, 15, 525–535.
- Lee, Y.-J. (2014). Science education in a straightjacket: The interplay of people, policies, and place in an East-Asian Developmental State. In A.-L. Tan, C. L. Poon, & S. S. L. Lim (Eds.), Inquiry into the Singapore science classroom: Research and practices (pp.165--189). Dordrecht: Springer.
- Poon, C. L., Lee, Y.-J., Tan, A.-L., & Lim, S. S. L. (2012). Knowing inquiry as practice and theory: Developing a pedagogical framework with elementary school teachers. Research in Science Education, 42, 303–327.
- Lee, Y.-J. (Ed.). (2010). The world of science education: Handbook of research in Asia. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
- Lee, Y.-J. (2010). Engineering the educated person: An ongoing problematic in Singapore. In K. Yamazumi (Ed.), Activity theory and fostering Learning: Developmental interventions in education and work (pp.111-131). Suita, Osaka: Center for Human Activity Theory, Kansai University.
- Lee, Y.-J. (2010). Not if but when pedagogy collides with culture in Singapore. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 5, 17–26.
- Lee, Y.-J., Hung, W. L. D., & Cheah, H. M. (2009). IT and educational policy in the Asia-Pacific region. In J. Voogt & G. Knezek (Eds.), International handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education (pp. 1119-1132). Dordrecht: Springer.
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