Reading in the Information Age: Why It Still Matters
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Reading from young is an important platform for lifelong learning, enjoyment and improvement. In a global age of mass migration and media, reading policies must engage with the issues of what constitutes reading in the first place and how to make reading accessible for all. In this lecture, Assistant Professor Loh Chin Ee examines the importance of reading from the early stages in the process of a child’s self-development, along with ways that society can provide equitable reading resources for children and students. Drawing from her experience as a researcher, teacher and parent, Loh aims to advocate independent reading as an important practice that children should cultivate. She will also look into the role of libraries and the need for critical reading beyond its functions of knowledge generation.
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Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature Academic Group
National Institute of Education
Loh Chin Ee is an Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She graduated from the University of Albany, State University of New York, where she was actively involved with literacy research projects at the Centre on English Learning and Achievement, including the National Study of Writing Instruction. Formerly a secondary school teacher, she has taught at Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Yishun Town Secondary School.
She is the co-editor of Teaching Literature in Singapore Secondary Schools (Pearson, 2013), Little Things: an Anthology of Poetry (Ethos, 2013) and Teaching Poetry to Adolescents: a Teachers’ Guide to Little Things. Her work has been published inChanging English, English Journal and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She is Book Review co-editor of Pedagogies, and international journal, and founder of enl*ght, a NIE-based student-run publication for Literature teachers.
Her research interests are in Literature education and literacy practices at the nexus of globalization. She is currently working a study of the lived experiences of English teachers in Singapore secondary school, and on a school-based study of the reading practices of adolescent readers.
This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.