Professional Learning Programme: Enhancing Indonesian Teacher Education
The HEAD Foundation and the World Bank designed this Professional Learning Programme specifically for Mathematics and Science teacher trainers in Indonesia, to critically examine current arrangements in the delivery and effectiveness of the Professional Pedagogical Training Programme (Pendidikan Profesi Guru, PPG) for teachers.
Speaker Series: Mismatched — Why Life is Difficult in the Modern World
We are facing increasingly severe and complex problems in the modern world, ranging from diabetes and depression to job burnout and environmental sustainability. Recent developments have implicated one important process that may underlie most, if not all, of these problems: evolutionary mismatch. On 8 November 2018, Dr Norman Li, Associate Professor of Psychology at SMU discussed the workings of mismatch.
Book Review: English Language Teacher Preparation in Asia
Written by international scholars specialising in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), English Language Teacher Preparation in Asia brings together research-based insights on teacher preparation for pre-service English teachers in the ASEAN Plus Three region. Read THF’s Tham Yin Yee’s review of the book.
Nobel Laureate Lecture: Looking to the Frontiers of Fundamental Science
Nobel Laureate in Physics 2004, Professor David Gross outlined some of the great unknowns at the frontiers of Fundamental Science, particularly on how the Universe began, how we are trying to find the answers to these questions and what the answers might be.
THF Workshop Report No. 6: Thinking Schools, Learning Nation
In this sixth issue of THF Workshop Reports, we look back at one of Singapore’s major education reform initiatives: “Thinking Schools, Learning Nation” (TSLN). Prof S Gopinathan, Ms Ho Peng, A/Prof Dennis Kwek, Dr Alistair Chew, Dr Loh Kah Seng and Prof Kerry Kennedy share their unique perspectives.
The Wise Alternative
When emotions and the strength of our opinions seem to count more than the accuracy of information, we urgently need an alternative course of social and educational action that is viable, sustainable and potentially accessible to all. One candidate, according to Dr Phillip A Towndrow from National Institute of Education, is wisdom.
Systems Leadership to Turn Around the Lowest-Performing Schools
School principal leadership is the second most important in-school factor—after teacher instruction—impacting student achievement. Dr Coby V. Meyers from the University of Virginia shares his thoughts on the role of school system leadership in turning around failing schools.