Low Ee Ling

Low Ee Ling
Professor of Education and Dean, Academic & Faculty Affairs
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Bio and Honors

Professor Low Ee Ling received her BA (with Direct Honours) from the National University of Singapore, an M.Phil & a PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge, UK under the NTU–NIE Overseas Graduate Scholarship. She was also awarded the Ministry of Education’s Humanities Scholarship which she pursued at Raffles Junior College. She won the Fulbright Advanced Research Scholarship in 2008 which she spent at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She played a leading role in the conceptualization of the NIE Strategic roadmap: Towards 2017 and the development of the Teacher Education for the 21st century (TE21) model. She also co-led the NIE Strategic Roadmap 2022 in her capacity as Chief Planning Officer, Director’s Office. In 2012, she was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) by the President of the Republic of Singapore for her dedication and commitment

Locally, she has served in a leadership role in many committees in partnership with the Ministry of Education. She is part of the NTU Education 2025 Steering Committee and was an elected member of the NTU Senate from 2014-2018. Internationally, she is appointed as a member of the OECD Education 2030 Scientific Committee, along with Nobel Laureate committee members and the Forum for World Education (FWE) Steering Committee. She is Singapore’s representative for the Global Education Innovation Initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education 2030 initiative. In 2021, she was recognized for her exemplary scholarship by the Academy for Leadership in Teacher Education (ALiTE), University of Hong Kong. Most recently, she was appointed as a member of the Board of Governors for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and elected as Fellow of the esteemed International Academy of Education.

PhD

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 1998

Selected Publications

Low, E. L., & Pakir, A. (Eds.). (2022). English in East and South Asia: Policy, features  and language in use. London/New York: Routledge. 

Madalińska-Michalak, J., Flores, M. A., Low, E. L., & Van Nuland, S. (Eds.). (2022).  Recruiting and educating the best teachers: Policy, professionalism and pedagogy.  Leiden: Brill. 

Tan, O.S., Low, E.L., Tay, E.G., & Yan, Y.K. (Eds.). (2021). Singapore math and science  education innovation. Singapore: Springer Nature. 

Low, E. L., & Pakir, A. (Eds.). (2018). World Englishes: Rethinking paradigms. New York: Routledge. 

Darling-Hammond, L., Burns, D., Campbell, C., Goodwin, A. L., Hammerness, K., Low,  E. L.,McIntyre, A., Sato, M., & Zeichner, K. (2017). Empowered Educators: How High performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality around the World . San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass (A WileyBrand).

Goodwin, A.L., Low, E.L. & Darling-Hammond, L. (2017). Empowered Educators in  Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality. New York: Jossey Bass. 

Low, E.L., Goodwin, A. L.,& Snyder, J. (2017). Focused on Learning: Student and  Teacher Time in a Singapore School. California: Stanford, CA: SCOPE. 8. Tan, O. S., Liu, W. C., & Low, E. L. (Eds.). (2017). Teacher education in the 21st  century: Singapore’s evolution and innovation. Singapore: Springer. 

Tan, O. S., Low, E. L., & Hung, D (Eds.). (2017). Lee Kuan Yew's educational legacy:  The challenges of success. Singapore: Springer. 

Contact Information

National Institute of Education

Nanyang Technological University

1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

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Ludger Woessmann


Ludger Woessmann

Professor of Economics, University of Munich
Director, Ifo Center for the Economics of Education

Bio and Research Interest

Ludger Woessmann is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education at the Ifo Institute. His main research interests are the determinants of long-run prosperity and of student achievement. He uses microeconometric methods to answer applied, policy-relevant questions of the empirical economics of education, often using international student achievement tests. Special focusses address the importance of education for economic prosperity – individual and societal, historical and modern – and the importance of institutions of the school systems for efficiency and equity. Further research topics cover aspects of economic history, economics of religion, and the Internet. His work was rewarded, among others, with the Gossen Prize of the German Economic Association, the Young Economist Award of the European Economic Association, the EIB Prize of the European Investment Bank, and the Bruce H. Choppin Memorial Award of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

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M. Beatrice Ligorio

Professor M. Beatrice Ligorio

Full Professor, University of Bari (Italy)


Professor M. Beatrice Ligoria teaches Educational Psychology and a specialized course on E-learning. She a co-founder of the Collaborative Knowledge Building Group (www.ckbg.org) and is the main editor of the journal Qwerty.   She is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP) for the section of Developmental and Educational Psychology. She has been a member of EARLI and the ISCAR Executive Committee. She has been nominated by the Minister of Education, Instruction and University as a member for the National Scientific Qualification.  Her research interests lie in the areas of educational technology, innovation in education, communities, identity, learning organization, intersubjectivity, blended and mobile learning, dialogical approach, virtual environments, sustainable learning, knowledge building, social networks and web-forum in education. 

PhD 

Psychology of Communication: Cognitive, Affective and Linguistic Processes. University of Bari, 1999. 

Honors and Awards

• 1990-91 OLIVETTI-CNR two-years grant on “Cognitive aspects of learning using technologies” 

• 1992-93 ALENIA two-years grant on “Human-machine interaction systems and tutorials”

• 1993-94 CNR/NATO one-year grant on “Metacognitive skills and Collaborative Technology” at the Graduate School of Education, University of Berkeley, CA (USA)

• 1995-96 SOCRATES-ERASMUS six-months grant 6 on “Social influence on online communication environments” at the University of Ginevra (CH)

• 1999-2000 European Community Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR)

• Marie Curie Research Training one-year Grants “EDVIR” (EDucational VIrtual Reality) 

• Environment for collaborative learning and networked multimedia” at the University of Nijmegen (NL)

Selected Publications

Ligorio, M.B., Schwartz, N. H., D'Aprile, G., & Philhour, D. (2017). Children's representations of learning through drawings. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. 12, 133–148

Ligorio, M. B. & Barzanò, G. (2018). “Food for thought”: blogging about food as dialogical strategy for self-disclosure and otherness. Learning, Culture and Social interaction; 

D’Aprile, G., Ligorio, M. B., & Ulloa Severino, A. (2019). How serious games for health enhance empowerment related patient education: The impact of gender. Technology Knowledge and Learning. Vol. 62,  22

Ritella, G. & Ligorio, M. B. (2019). Dialogical approaches to learning: from theory to practice and back. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

Ritella, G., Di Maso, R., McLay, K., Annese, S., & Ligorio, M.B. (2020). Remembering, reflecting, reframing: Examining students’ long-term perceptions of an innovative model for university teaching. Frontiers in Psychology, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00565.

Beraldo, R., Annese, S., Schwartz, N., & Ligorio, M. B. (2021). Building intersubjectivity n blended problem-solving tasks. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 31, 100545.

Contact Information

Dipartimento Di Scienze Della Formazione, Psicologia, University of Bari (Italy)

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Telephone: 080 5714314

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Marc Depaepe

Eric A. Hanushek
Marc Depaepe
Professor of History of Education and History of Psychology
University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Campus Kulak, Kortrijk

Research Interest

Researcher at the University of Leuven (1977), Lecturer (1984), Assistant Professor (1990), Professor (1993) and Extra-ordinary and Ordinary Professor 1996/2000). Served previously as Head of the department of Educational Sciences at Leuven (2001-2004), Head of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Kortrijk (2004-2009), and Coordinator of the Human Sciences at Kortrijk (2007-2009). Lectures at the campus Kortrijk: history of education and history of behavioral sciences, and at the main campus in Leuven: history of modern educational systems. His main research interests are: 1. History of educational and behavioral sciences, especially pedology, experimental pedagogy, and educational psychology; 2. History of education at large in Belgium (especially primary education); 3. International historiography of education (including theoretical, methodological and conceptual issues); 4. History of colonial and postcolonial education (especially Congo).

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María de Ibarrola


María de Ibarrola

Professor and Researcher, Cinvestav 3E,
Department of Educational Research, Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Mexico

Bio and Research Interest

Born in Mexico City, she studied Sociology in the Faculty of Political Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Obtained a Master’s Degree in Sociology in the University of Montreal, P.Q. Canada, and a Doctor’s in Science degree (Educational Research) at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico. 

She has been a National Researcher since 1984, in the highest Rank since 1993.

Her career in Educational Research allowed her to work as an educational researcher ( and learn to do so by experience )  in  three of the main educational Research centers in Mexico: Centro de Estudios Educativos A.C. (México), the first modern educational Research center in the country,  and in the Commission for New Teaching Methods of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she started and developed a line of research on curriculum design. She was also the founder of the Sociology of Education course at the Faculty of Social and Political Studies of the said University.

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Maris A. Vinovskis


Maris A. Vinovskis
University of Michigan Bentley Professor of History, Institute for Social Science Research Professor, and Professor at the Gerald R. Ford of Public Policy.

Bio and Research Interest

Vinovskis was born in Riga, Latvia and is a naturalized citizen of the United States.  He was Deputy Staff Director to the U.S. House Select Committee on Population in the late 1970s and a frequent consultant on population and adolescent pregnancy issues in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the early 1980s. He worked in the U.S. Department of Education in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations on educational research and policy. He was a member of the congressionally-mandated Independent Review Panels for Goals 2000 and No Child Left Behind during both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. He also was a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Education Advisory Committee.

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Martin Carnoy


Martin Carnoy

Bio and Research Interest

Professor Carnoy is the Vida Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of Economics at Stanford University, where he has served on the faculty since 1969.  He is a labor economist with a special interest in the political economy of the educational system.  He specializes in comparative analysis.  At Stanford he teaches courses in the economics of education in a global environment and resource allocation.

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Michael W. Kirst


Dr. Michael W. Kirst
President, California State Board of Education and Stanford Emeritus Professor of Education

Bio and Research Interest

Michael Kirst Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Office of Education. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His latest books are, From High School to College with Andrea Venezia (2004) and Political Dynamics of American Education (2009). Professor Kirst is a member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education.

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Monique Boekaerts

Monique Boekaerts, Full Professor
Monique Boekaerts
Full Professor

Research Interest

I investigate how children and adolescents steer and direct their own learning process. I developed the dual processing self-regulation model, which describes the interaction between motivation, volition and learning in actual learning situations. This model was used to develop a custom-built, integrative assessment tool that can capture the self regulation of the writing process in real time.

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Nicholas C. Burbules


Nicholas C. Burbules

Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor
Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bio and Research Interest

Nicholas C. Burbules is the Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

His primary research areas are philosophy of education; teaching through dialogue; professional ethics; technology issues in education; and critical social theory.

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