Oon-Seng Tan

Oon-Seng Tan

Bio and Research Interest

Professor Tan is the Director of the Centre for Research in Child Development, National Institute of Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  He also is the Chen Yidan Visiting Global Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.  Previously Professor Tan was the Director of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, where he played a significant role in enhancing teacher education and education research.  He also served as Dean of Teacher Education at NIE where he spearheaded the Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21) initiative as a major milestone innovation for teacher education both nationally and internationally. 

He is co-convener of the World Educational Research Association (WERA) International Research Network on Teacher Education. Professor Tan was President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS, 2005-2008) and President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA, 2008-2010). He was also the Vice-President (Asia and Pacific Rim) of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP, 2008-2011).  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Educational Research for Policy & Practice (ERPP) journal published by Springer. He is also the Lead Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education (APJE) published by Routledge. Professor Tan was previously board director of several key education agencies including the Singapore Exams and Assessment Board (SEAB), Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL), NIE International (NIEI) and the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC).

Professor Tan has authored/edited more than 20 books and over 150 scholarly articles/chapters in the areas of teacher education, cognitive psychology and problem-based learning. Prof Tan has been a keynote speaker in major international conferences in the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, the Arab states and Southeast Asia. His keynotes include the National Science Foundation (NSF) Education & Human Resource (EHR) Distinguished Lecture in Washington, D.C., American Educational Research Association Annual Meetings presidential sessions, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science international symposium, and international education summits.


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2001


Tan, O. S., Chua, B. L., & Wong, I. Y. F (Eds.). (2019). Advances in Mediated Learning Experience: Technology, Neuroscience and Socio-pedagogic perspectives. Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia Pte Ltd

Tan, O.S. (2019). Some Lessons from Singapore and the Lion. In Reimers, F.M. (Ed.) Letters to a New Minister of Education. 

Tan, O.S. Wong, H.O., & Seng, S.H. (Eds.).  (2017). Global Voices in Education: Ruth Wong Memorial Lectures, Volume II. Singapore: Springer. 

Tan, O.S., Liu, W. C., & Low, E. L. (Eds.). (2017). Teacher Education in the 21st century: Singapore’s Evolution and Innovation. Dordrecht: Springer.

Tan, O.S., Low, E.L., & Hung, D. (Eds.). (2017). Lee Kuan Yew's Educational Legacy: The Challenges of Success. Dordrecht: Springer.

Tan, O.S., Wong, H.O., & Seng, S.H. (Eds.). (2015). Global Voices in Education: Ruth Wong Memorial Lectures. Singapore: Springer. [Editor-in-chief]

Tan, O.S., & Liu, W.C (2015).  Teacher Effectiveness: Capacity Building in a Complex Learning Era. Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia Pte Ltd. 

Tan, O.S. (2015).  Teacher Policies: Global Best Practices for Developing the Teaching Profession. World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Qatar Foundation http://www.wise-qatar.org/2015-wise-research-teacher-policies

Tan, O.S. (Ed.) (2012).  Teacher Education Frontiers: International Perspectives on Policy and Practice for Building New Teacher Competencies. Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia Pte Ltd.

Contact Information

National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

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