Inquiry into the Singapore Science Classroom

Research and Practices

  • Aik-Ling Tan
  • Chew-Leng Poon
  • Shirley S.L. Lim

Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Chew-Leng Poon, Shirley S. L. Lim
    Pages 139-164
  3. Seng-Chee Tan, Jennifer Yeo
    Pages 191-210
  4. Anne Dairianathan, Tit Meng Lim
    Pages 251-272
  5. Aik-Ling Tan, Chew-Leng Poon, Shirley S. L. Lim
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 309-318

About this book


This book offers an insight into the research and practices of science teaching and learning in the Singapore classroom, with particular attention paid to how they map on to science as inquiry. It provides a spectrum of Singapore’s science educational practices through all levels of its education system, detailing both successes and shortcomings.

The book features a collection of research and discourse by science educators in Singapore, organised around four themes that are essential components of approaching science as inquiry: teachers’ ideas and their practices, opportunities and constraints from a systemic level, students’ competencies and readiness to learn through inquiry and the need for greater awareness of the role of informal learning avenues in science education. In addition, the discourse within each theme is enriched by commentary from a leading international academic, which helps to consolidate ideas as well as position the issues within a wider theoretical and international context.

Overall, the papers set out important contexts for readers to understand the current state of science education in Singapore. They also highlight strengths and gaps in practices of science as inquiry as well as provide suggestions about how the system can be improved. These research findings are therefore helpful as they provide honest and evidence-based feedback as well as tangible and doable ideas that policy makers, teachers, students and school administrators can adopt, adapt and enhance.


Informal Science Learning Inquiry based science Science as Inquiry Singapore Science Classroom Practices Singapore Science Curriculum Singapore Science Education Singapore Science pedagogies Singapore science learning and teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Aik-Ling Tan
    • 1
  • Chew-Leng Poon
    • 2
  • Shirley S.L. Lim
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Ministry of Education, SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.National Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore

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