Understanding “Knowledge”, the Essential Approach to Teaching & Learning: Case Studies of Pre-Universities in Singapore


Authors : Ching Leen Chiam (NTU, Singapore)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3220-50-8

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This pioneering text contributes to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. The purpose is to unlock how key stakeholders of the spectrum of pre-universities in Singapore make sense of "knowledge" and "knowledge work", and endeavour to determine how their understanding of "knowledge" shapes their understanding of "knowledge work" and the conditions that affect their knowledge work. This monograph contributes in a most productive fashion to the necessary educational debates on teaching and learning, which quickly segue into pragmatic political debates about what sort of society and global community we desire.

Using three widely diverse pre-university settings in Singapore as case studies, this book seeks to fill the existing gap by elucidating educators' and students' identification of knowledge, knowledge work and the problems and challenges confronting knowledge work.
Dr Chiam Ching Leen is currently lecturing at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She teaches graduate course Information Representation & Retrieval to students taking Masters of Science (Information Studies). She was previously the Research Fellow of the Center for Learning Environment & Assessment Development at the Singapore Institute of Technology and Head of Knowledge Mobilisation at the Office of Education Research of the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Dr Chiam has won numerous prestigious awards that includes the Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration Scholarship, the Singapore Millennium Foundation Scholarship and the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship. She has diverse interests and enjoys exploring new areas of knowledge, particularly those that help improve learning outcomes. She has published in refereed international journals, book chapters and presented at numerous national and international conferences.
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