Inquiry into the Singapore Science Classroom: Research and Practices

Inquiry into the Singapore Science Classroom: Research and Practices

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ISBN-13: 9789811013393
Publisher: Springer Singapore
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Series: Education Innovation Series
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Aik-Ling TAN is an associate professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests include the practice of science as inquiry in primary science classrooms as well as in biology laboratories. Of particular interest to her are the intricate classroom interactions between students and teachers that foster meaning learning in science.

Chew-Leng POON is the Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation at the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) Planning Division. She is concurrently appointed as MOE’s Principal Specialist in Research and Curriculum. Currently, she is involved in several international studies – including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). She also co-leads a Network Learning Community of Senior Specialists, Master teachers and Heads of Science Department in exploring inquiry science in action in classrooms.

Shirley S L LIM is concurrently an Associate Dean at the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning and Associate Professor in Natural Sciences & Science Education. A marine ecologist by training, she has interests in science inquiry. Shirley organised the 1st to 10th Singapore Biology Olympiads, trained and led the national teams for competition at the International Biology Olympiads (IBO) for 11 years. She was re-elected for a second term in 2012 as one of the four Steering Committee members of the IBO fraternity. She organised the 23rd IBO hosted by Singapore in July 2012. Shirley is the Asian Governor of The Crustacean Society (USA) and the Vice-President (Executive Board) of the International Union of Biological Science’s Commission for Biological Education (USA).

Table of Contents

1Five decades of science education in Singapore
Chew-Leng POON

2Design and Implementation of the National Primary Science Curriculum: A Partnership Approach in Singapore
Tan Ying CHIN and Chew-Leng POON

3Transforming science education by expanding teacher and student collaboration
Kenneth TOBIN

4Teachers’ ideas and concerns with assessment practices in inquiry science
Poh Hiang TAN and Aik-Ling TAN

5The development and implementation of a guided-inquiry curriculum for secondary school physics
Darren WONG and Chor Yam LAU

6From transmission to inquiry: Influence of curriculum demands on in-service teachers’ perception of science as inquiry
Aik-Ling TAN, Frederick TALAUE and Mijung KIM

7Teaching inquiry: Global influences and local responses
Benny H W YUNG

8Transiting into inquiry science practice: Tales from a primary school
Chew-Leng POON and Shirley S. L. LIM

9Science education in a straightjacket: The interplay of people, policies and place in an East-Asian developmental state
Yew-Jin LEE

10Implementing inquiry science with knowledge creation approaches
Seng Chee TAN and Jennifer YEO

11Using inquiry to facilitate meaningful learning in inorganic chemistry qualitative analysis
Kim Chwee Daniel TAN

12Bridging research, policy and practice of inquiry in Singaporean classrooms
Barbara A. CRAWFORD

13Knowledge building as a boundary object in formal/informal learning
Jennifer YEO

14Science Centre Singapore as an alternate classroom
Anne DAIRIANATHAN and Tit Meng LIM

15Public education about science in Singapore: The role of science journalism via newspapers
R. SUBRAMANIAM

16Learning science through inquiry in informal contexts
John K. GILBERT

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