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Associate Professor Liu Woon Chia

Liu Woon Chia (BSc National University of Singapore, Dip Ed National Institute of Education, MEd University of Nottingham, PhD University of Nottingham) is an Associate Professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE) and a founding member of the Motivation in Educational Research Laboratory. She was the Dean, Teacher Education at the NIE from July 2014 to June 2018. Under her leadership, NIE launched the NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme, the enhanced Degree programmes and the 16-month PGDE programmes.

Prior to becoming the Dean, Woon Chia was the Associate Dean for Practicum and School Partnerships. From 2008-2009, she served as a co-chair of the Theory-Practice task force in NIE’s Programme Review and Enhancement (PRE) initiative, which culminated in NIE’s Teacher Education Model for the 21st Century (TE21). Thereafter, she was a co-chair of the Theory-Practice Core Team for the TE21 implementation steering group.

She is the Immediate-Past President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore, and represented Singapore in the World Education Research Association (WERA) Council. She is the co-convener of the WERA-IRN (International Research Network) titled “Teacher education for the 21st century: Developing teachers who are thoughtful, reflective, and inquiring”. Her research interests include clinical practice, mentoring, e-portfolio, motivation, as well as innovative teaching strategies such as problem-based learning.