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    Open Access
    Analysing the mediating processes of teacher’s growth: A case study in a seamless inquiry science learning environment
    (2018)
    Voon, Xin Pei
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    Looi, Chee-Kit
    This paper reports a case study that is intended to trace the professional growth of a science teacher who is implementing seamless inquiry science learning (SISL) in the context of Singapore primary school. In particular, we analyse the teacher’s learning trajectory under the lens of the Interconnected Model of Teacher Professional Growth (IMTPG). The teacher's pedagogical practices were investigated at the beginning of the intervention, and the changes in his practices were monitored throughout the ongoing teacher professional development (TPD). The findings reveals the importance of TPD design through two significant relationships: from external domain (ED) to domain of practice (DP), and from external domain (ED) to personal domain (PD), throughout the implementation of SISL. Recognising the importance of the design of an effective TPD, IMTPG was used as an analytical tool to analyse the corresponding relationships among the aforementioned domains in investigating the teacher’s growth in term of the pedagogical changes. The reciprocal relationship between the desired outcomes of the TPD and the teacher’s growth informed by the effective mechanisms used in conducting TPD , which is “learning by doing”. Thus, the design of an effective TPD to facilitate teacher’s growth should consider the desired learning outcomes and the endurance of that change to transform the innovative pedagogy.
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    TELLS 科技 + 优语言空间概念下的第 二语言学习环境检测: 以新加坡"语飞行云"与"语用连群"无缝实验研究计划为例
    (中华书局(香港), 2019)
    Lek, Hui Ying
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    Shi, Hai Yan
    资讯科技迅速发展为学习架设起一个新科技空间,并成为语言学习的优空间,笔者称之为“TELLS 科技+优语言空间”(Technology Enhanced Optimal Language Learning Space)。它让封闭于课堂内的传统学习空间延伸至开放的 生活,并把课堂与生活、正式与非正式、个人与社群相互联系的桥嫁接起来,成为寻求及利用生活中的学习机遇的真实语言学习环境。此空间出现以来,有关研究犹如雨后春笋,但论述主要聚焦与技术层的讨论。本文聚焦技术科技增 强后的学习环境创设,以“语飞行云”与“语用连群”无缝学习研究案例为例,检测使用技术增强扩大语言的学习空间对华文作为第二语言学习的意义。检测立论于伯纳德·斯波尔斯基的第二语言学习条件(Conditions for Second Language Learning)。研究发现,“TELLS 科技+优语言空间”对学习成效有正面促进作用,但会因为学习对象背景不同而调动不同的语言学习条件。
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    Open Access
    Labeling what some researchers are already doing: Design research updated
    (2013)
    Norris, Cathleen A.
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    Soloway, Elliot
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    Tan, Chun Ming
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    Looi, Chee-Kit
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    Open Access
    A descriptive study on the translation of the seamless science learning model for wider diffusion
    (2022) ;
    Looi, Chee-Kit
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    Voon, Xin Pei
    A seamless learning environment connects private and public learning settings where learning occurs across various contexts. The notion of seamless learning was connected to mobile learning, in which the use of personal mobile devices for learning was recommended to facilitate students’ cross-contextual learning. In seamless learning research, there are crucial technical and pedagogical considerations that may affect seamless mobile learning. The challenge is that most local primary school students did not possess personal devices for learning, thus, hindering the efficiency of scaling up to more schools. In addressing the problem, this paper reported a qualitative descriptive study on a practice-oriented project to implement seamless science learning in the formal curriculum. Three primary schools in Singapore participated in this two-year project. The participating teachers in the project designed and implemented selected seamless science lesson units at their classes. A significant contribution of the project is that it informs what it takes to switch from one-mobile-device-per-learner to the techno-pedagogical model of seamless science learning. The lesson enactment using the model increased students’ engagement levels and resulted in significant learning gains in the second year of implementation. Another important implication of the project was teacher professional development. Several participating teachers reflected on how their involvement in seamless lesson design and implementation impacted their teaching methods, including the willingness to use ICT for lessons and making connections with parents. However, the challenge to the widespread adoption of seamless science learning was reported. In fact, a seamless curriculum is more than redesigning lessons and incorporating technology into the lessons, it should be perceived as a culture, and learners must be enculturated to change their current learning habits of mind.
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    How students learn in East Asian cultures and how that learning may evolve in the future
    (2016-06)
    Gu, Xiaoqing
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    Chan, Tak-Wai
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    Shirouzu, Hajime
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    Jeong, Heisawn
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    Crook, Charles
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    Kong, Siu Cheung
    This workshop focuses on how East Asian cultures furnish unique contexts for education and learning in the region. We share and discuss ongoing research, observations, and theory buildings with regard to the interdisciplinary research on the learning sciences, with the unique context of the interplay of sociocultural, language, and political and historical factors in East Asia. The guiding question is: How learning experiences are shaped by the cultural contexts? In elaborating the uniqueness of the Eastern Asian cultural context, existing studies show that the cultural beliefs, the native languages and bilingual contexts, virtual adolescent social lives, have impacts on the teaching and learning. These studies and the observations of those impacts initiate the introduction to the general theoretical synthesis of Interest-Driven Creator (IDC) theory. This half day workshop aims at reaching a consensus on the benefits of exploring wisdom from East Asian cultures in transforming learning towards the cultivation of interest-driven creativity. Our knowledge synthesis effort will entail a) a consolidation of relevant research findings to date; b) a negotiation of understanding on the East Asian cultural factors by invoking the broader perspectives of researchers from other cultural contexts; and c) new research questions, methodologies and theoretical inputs to inform forthcoming studies and practices on the topic. In particular, we aim at developing a conceptual paper beyond the workshop to be submitted to a suitable journal, with the aim of triggering more cross-cultural dialogues among international scholars on the captioned topic.
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    Open Access
    Streamlining the designs of seamless science learning for wider diffusion.
    (National Institute of Education (Singapore), 2020) ;
    Looi, Chee-Kit
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    Open Access
    Mobile assisted game-based Chinese character recognition
    (2011-11) ;
    Hsu, Ching Kun
    This paper reports on the effects of two different dynamic grouping strategies in a mobile-assisted Chinese character learning game. The game application assigns each student a component of a Chinese character through their smartphones and requires them to form groups that can assemble a legitimate Chinese character using the components held by the group members. Sixteen Primary 3 (3rd grade) students taking Chinese as a second language (L2) class involved in the study. Video-recordings of the game and the transcriptions of focus group interviews were qualitatively analyzed. The study aims to explore the patterns of social interactions during the game, especially on the varied impacts of the two different grouping rules (allowing versus not allowing each student to join more than one group at one time) on the students' game behaviors and their learning gains.
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    Open Access
    Collaborative inquiry in co-constructing ICT-mediated curricula for Chinese literacy in Singapore context
    (2008-06) ;
    Gao, Ping
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    Chai, Ching Sing
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    Chin, Chee Kuen
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    Chung, Tze Min
    This collaborative inquiry project brings together Chinese Language teachers, curriculum specialists and researchers to co-construct Information and Communications Tools (ICT) mediated Chinese curriculum for primary school students in Singapore. The findings indicate that as the teachers were not used to voicing their concerns in free-flowing meetings, they experienced tension. However, all the participants agreed that collaborative inquiry is effective for teachers’ professional development. There were also positive changes of teachers' views about the incorporation of ICT in Chinese learning.
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    Open Access
    Local evidence synthesis on Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in education
    (Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2020) ; ;
    Wu, Longkai
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    Open Access
    Analysis of small group interactions in a seamless language learning environment: An artifact-oriented approach
    (2011-07) ; ;
    Zhan, Ying
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    Chin, Chee Kuen
    We present a study in “Move, Idioms!”, a mobile Chinese Language learning approach that emphasizes learner created content and contextualized meaning making with their daily encounters. Students used smart-phones on a 1:1, 24x7 basis to capture photos of the real-life contexts pertaining to Chinese idioms or conjunctions, made sentences with idioms/conjunctions, and posted them onto a wiki space for peer review. This paper focuses on students’ on-campus face-to-face collaborative learning process. We derive a novel visualization approach for descriptive analysis of the small group activities inspired by the notions of mediation by artifacts and distributed cognition to provide a synoptic view of the process of student artifact co-creation in such collaborative activities. The artifact-oriented analysis and visualization approach is our preliminary attempt in making sense of how the seamless learning process may look like in the perspective of learners’ individual and collaborative learning experiences.
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