Envisioning Education 2065 - Staying ahead of the curve

Wed, Feb 24, 2016 6:00 PM (GMT+8)
The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416
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Singapore has an enviable record in education development. A credible, well-resourced, high performing system exists; various international indices confirm its quality. But are the foundational principles still relevant? Does the bilingual model need tweaking? Should streaming still be a major feature of the system? Are we truly an equal-opportunity system when ethnic-based inequalities persist? And are our students technologically adept? These and other questions will be discussed at a panel of prominent Singapore educationists.   

Dr. Kwek Beng Kiat, Dennis 
Assistant Dean, Research Communications; Research Scientist, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Dennis Kwek is Assistant Dean (Research Communications) at the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, and a Research Scientist at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, NIE. He is currently involved in the Core Research Programme, which is a series of large-scale, classroom observation research projects utilising multidimensional qualitative and quantitative approaches. Dennis is also interested in classroom discourse analysis, whole-school change, professional development and alternative models of pedagogical routines, from East and West.


Dr. Ng Pak Tee
Head and Associate Professor, Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group, Associate Dean, Leadership Learning, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning, NIE
Ng Pak Tee is Associate Dean, Leadership Learning and the Head of Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He teaches in the programmes for school leaders (Principal-ship and Head-of-Department-ship), postgraduate programmes for research candidates (Master, EdD and PhD) and in the foundation programmes for trainee teachers.
Pak Tee read Mathematics at Cambridge University [BA (Hons), MA]. He subsequently read Management at Leicester University [MBA] and Bradford University [PhD]. He was also trained as a teacher at the National Institute of Education [PGDE]. His main areas of teaching, research, training and consultancy at NIE are Educational Leadership, Educational Policies, Learning Organisation, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Innovation, Complexity, and Coaching.
Pak Tee is currently the Executive Editor of Educational Research for Policy and Practice, the flagship journal of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association. He is also an Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member of several international refereed journals. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and a Visiting Scholar at Boston College.


Professor S. Gopinathan
Academic Director, The HEAD Foundation; Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS

Professor S. Gopinathan obtained his doctorate in comparative higher education and education policy at SUNY, Buffalo, United States. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000) and was the former Dean of Initial Teacher Training at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University. In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. Professor Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals' Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. He was involved in projects to establish teacher education facilities in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Indonesia. He has consulted widely on policy development for educational excellence with the World Bank, Unesco, Unicef, the Arab League etc. He is acknowledged internationally as an expert on Singapore's educational development. His two recent publications are Education and the Nation State (Routledge) and Globalisation and the Singapore Curriculum (Springer).


A/P Tan Seng Chee
Associate Dean of Higher Degrees by Coursework, National Institute of Education

Dr Tan Seng Chee is the Associate Dean of Higher Degrees by Coursework at the Office Graduate Programmes and Professional Learning. He obtained his BSc (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 1989 under the sponsorship of PSC Local Merit Scholarship; he completed his Master in Education from the National Institute of Education in 1997; and he obtained his Ph.D. (Instructional Systems) from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 under the NTU Overseas Graduate Scholarship. His research interest is in the area of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

This free lecture is presented by the HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank focused on education and leadership for development in Asia.

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