NIE hosted a delegation from the Asian Development Bank and HEAD Foundation on 29th November 2016. The delegation was headed by Prof S. Gopinanthan, who previously served as Dean of the School of Education (1994 to 2000) and Vice Dean of the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) (2003 to 2007). He is currently Academic Director of the HEAD Foundation and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Prof Paul Teng, Principal Officer at NIE, delivered a welcome address to the delegates and gave an overview of the various functions of NIE and the programmes it offers.
Clockwise from left: Assoc Prof Ivy Tan, Assoc Prof Ng Pak Tee and Dr David Huang presenting the functions of OTE, GPL and OER respectively.
Representatives from the Office of Teacher Education (OTE), Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL) and Office of Education Research (OER) respectively gave presentations on initial teacher preparation, school leadership development and the education research framework in Singapore. They were Assoc Prof Ivy Tan, Assoc Dean (Practicum and Partnerships) of OTE, Assoc Prof Ng Pak Tee, Assoc Dean (Leadership Learning) of GPL, and Dr David Huang, Assistant Dean (Research Strategy) of OER.
Assoc Prof Ivy Tan responding to questions posed by delegates.
In the Q&A session that followed, delegates posed questions regarding the recruitment of candidates for initial teacher training and school leadership development programmes. They also queried how OER identifies educational research needs, and asked if it has conducted research pertaining to learning analytics as well as new and alternative forms of assessment that measures 21st century competencies such as creativity and problem-solving skills.
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