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Teacher Education in the 21st Century

Singapore’s Evolution and Innovation

  • Oon-Seng Tan
  • Woon-Chia Liu
  • Ee-Ling Low

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Oon-Seng Tan, Woon-Chia Liu, Ee-Ling Low
    Pages 1-9
  3. Oon-Seng Tan, Woon-Chia Liu
    Pages 33-43
  4. Oon-Seng Tan, Ee-Ling Low, Jasmine B.-Y. Sim
    Pages 45-57
  5. Bee Leng Chua, Stefanie Chye
    Pages 59-76
  6. Kam Ming Lim, Vivien Swee Leng Huan
    Pages 77-106
  7. Eng Guan Tay, Suat Khoh Lim, Weng Kin Ho, Tin Lam Toh
    Pages 107-131
  8. Jon Sien Darren Wong, Kim Chwee Daniel Tan, Yew Jin Lee, Tuck Lee Augustine Tan
    Pages 133-153
  9. Woon-Chia Liu, Caroline Koh, Bee Leng Chua
    Pages 173-192
  10. Woon-Chia Liu, Geok Chin Ivy Tan, Angela F. L. Wong
    Pages 193-215
  11. Lay Hoon Jessie Png, Woon-Chia Liu
    Pages 217-232
  12. Vilma D’Rozario, Soo-Yin Tan, Ava Patricia C. Avila
    Pages 233-252
  13. Shanti Divaharan, Philip Wong, Ashley Tan
    Pages 253-265
  14. Maureen Frances Neihart, Lee Ling
    Pages 283-300
  15. Oon-Seng Tan, Woon-Chia Liu, Ee-Ling Low
    Pages 301-313
  16. Eng Guan Tay, Suat Khoh Lim, Weng Kin Ho, Tin Lam Toh
    Pages E1-E1
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 315-319

About this book


This book examines the evolution and innovation of teacher education in Singapore in the 21st century. It covers teacher education reforms in the conceptualising and implementing of the Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21) Model and discusses curriculum improvements that are aligned to new competencies; values development that re-envision teacher professionalism and calling; pedagogical changes that emphasise self-directed inquiry and technology-enabled learning; strengthened theory–practice linkages and enhanced teaching practices through school partnerships and mentoring; and impactful education research in areas such as assessment and developing teaching competencies, practices and mentoring. Teacher education in Singapore focuses on developing professional leaders in the field of education who are proactive problem-solvers and empowered researchers. It entails a long-term vision of education and an innovative approach to develop teachers with design skills and an inquiring mindset to understand learners in the fast-changing digital and mobile world. This book is aimed at scholars, researchers, policymakers, teacher educators and teachers as well as anyone interested in learning the philosophy behind Singapore’s unique TE21 Model for the 21st century and beyond.


Mentoring and School Partnerships Pedagogical Content Knowledge Singapore teacher education Teacher Education Evolution and Innovation Teacher Factor and development of competencies Teaching and Learning E-portfolios quality assurance in education policy and practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Oon-Seng Tan
    • 1
  • Woon-Chia Liu
    • 2
  • Ee-Ling Low
    • 3
  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversityNational Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Nanyang Technological UniversityNational Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Nanyang Technological UniversityNational Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore

About the editors

Professor TAN Oon-Seng is Director of NIE. Prior to this, he was Dean of Teacher Education there and spearheaded the Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21) Model, which is a major milestone for teacher education both nationally and internationally; President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (2008–2010) and Vice-President (Asia and Pacific Rim) of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (2008–2011). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Educational Research for Policy & Practice journal and Lead Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education. In 2014, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) by Singapore’s President for his dedication and achievement in the field of education. 

Associate Professor LIU Woon-Chia is Dean of Teacher Education at NIE. She is Associate Professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group and founding member of NIE’s Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory. She was Associate Dean of Practicum and School Partnerships (2009–2014) and Sub-Dean of Diploma Programme (2008–2009). She co-chaired the Theory-Practice taskforce in NIE’s Programme Review and Enhancement initiative that culminated in the TE21 Model (2008–2009) and the Theory-Practice Core Team, TE21 Implementation Steering Group; was President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore; and represented Singapore in the World Education Research Association (WERA) Council. She is co-convener of the WERA-International Research Network conference.

Professor LOW Ee-Ling is Head of Strategic Planning & Academic Quality at NIE. She is Professor at the English Language & Literature Academic Group and was Associate Dean of Teacher Education (2009–2013). She obtained her PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge under its Overseas Graduate Scholarship. She won a Fulbright Advanced Research Scholarship in 2008, which she spent at Lynch School of Education. She had a leading role in the TE21 Model and NIE’s Strategic Roadmap: Towards 2017. In 2012, she was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) by Singapore’s President. She represents Singapore in Stanford University’s International Teacher Policy Study and Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Global Education Innovation Initiative.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Teacher Education in the 21st Century
  • Book Subtitle Singapore’s Evolution and Innovation
  • Editors Oon-Seng Tan
    Woon-Chia Liu
    Ee-Ling Low
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-3384-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9860-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3386-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 319
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Teaching and Teacher Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Curriculum Studies
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