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Associate Professor Koh Koon Teck

Koon Teck has been a Physical Education (PE) teacher since 1993. He had taught PE at Pre-University and Secondary School levels for 10 years. He was Head of Department (PE/CCA) for 6 years before he joined Co-Curricular Activities Branch, Education Programmes Division as advisor and consultant for sports in 2004. He was the advisor for the North Zone Primary Schools Sports Council and South Zone Schools Sports Council respectively. In addition, he was the games advisor for basketball, table tennis and softball, overseeing the management and organization of the games at all levels for different age groups of students.

Koon Teck has been actively involved in Basketball both as a competitive athlete and coaching at various levels. His keen research areas are in coaching/teaching and psychology, in particular, understanding and developing coaches and PE teachers’ work and good practices. In the area of psychology, he has been using self-determination theory to explain motivation of coaches/teachers and athletes/students in sports and PE settings. Recently, Koon Teck has developed a keen interest in using sports and PE to teach values and characters explicitly to athletes and students. To this end, a structured instructional programme has been developed to assist coaches and PE teachers to achieve this goal.

Koon Teck led and completed a few research projects examining how coaches learned and developed in Singapore, with the support from Basketball Association of Singapore, Singapore Sports Council and Institute of Adults Learning. He is currently holding a few key appointments at the international and local levels, namely: FIBA Youth Commission (Basketball); Chair, FIBA Asia Coaches Committee; FIBA Asia Instructor; Vice-chair, Singapore Physical Education Association; Steering committee member of East Zone Centre of Excellence (Sports). His past appointments included: Chairman for the Coaching and Development Committee, Basketball Association of Singapore, and Coaching Advisory Committee for the Singapore Sports Council.

Since 2002, Koon Teck has been involved in Coach Education Programmes. He helped in conducting the National Coaching Accreditation Programme (both theory and technical) managed by the Singapore Sports Council. He has initiated the Integrated NCAP Level 1 Coaching Course for BAS in 2007, the first among the NSAs in Singapore which combined Theory and Technical courses together to make learning more relevant and effective for basketball coaches.