Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Tan Ter Ming Timothy
Senior Lecturer, National Institute of Education - Natural Sciences & Science Education
A lifelong 'maker', Timothy's interests in both teaching and research, are in the teaching of science with an integrative approach, STEM integration and the use of design-and-make activities. He has always been keen to develop learning resources and laboratory activities that cater to the integrated, interdisciplinary teaching of the natural sciences in schools. In particular, he is interested in approaches that in recent years have become defined as 'maker culture', such as where learners learn science by building their own instrumentation or devices. He is also interested in the use of technology in science education, such as using connected internet of things (IoT) sensors for data acquisition and analysis for applied learning; and in the use of 360-degree video media for immersive learning environments (ILE). Timothy teaches pre-service curriculum studies in Computer Applications (CPA) and Primary Science, selected in-service courses in Primary and Lower Secondary Science, as well as undergraduate academic subject courses in molecular genetics and biotechnology. He is also part of the team at the meriSTEM@NIE Centre. Timothy's broad portfolio is both reflected in and possible because of his background. He obtained a BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry and worked at Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a Medical Technologist prior to receiving his MSc from NIE/NTU for his work on the serological diagnosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Working full-time in NIE since 2003, his focus transitioned to teaching and learning of science and he eventually obtained his PhD in Science Education from NIE/NTU.

Timothy is a Council Member of the Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science (SAAS), and a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Australian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), and The Singapore Institute of Biology (SIBiol). He has been on the Organising Committee for the International Science Education Conference (ISEC), Singapore (2006, 2009, 2014, 2018, 2021), Organising Committee of the International Biology Olympiad held in Singapore (2012), as well as past Editor of the SIBiol Bulletin (2007-2010), past Honorary Treasurer (2003-2006), Council Member (2006-2013) of SIBiol.
STEM integration and design-based Inquiry (DBI) with the microbial fuel cell; Developing teaching resources, especially for hands-on and minds-on learning activities; Immersive media-based learning environments; Use of technology (e.g. IoT-connected sensors) for applied learning and the development of skills in science; Maker culture: Building of DIY/improvised instrumentation as a means to learn science, and to foster the development of critical and inventive thinking.
  • Implementation of the S‑T‑E‑M Quartet Model in Food and Consumer Education
  • Development of Lower Secondary Integrated Science Curriculum Packages
• 2020 Innovation Commendation (Team) 2020 NIE Portal Information Architecture and Revamp Working Committee NIE
• 2018 Excellence in Teaching Commendation NIE
• 2012 Excellence in Teaching Commendation NIE
• 2012 Nanyang Award for Teamwork (IBO 2012 Organising Committee) NTU
Courses Taught
AAB10C Basic Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
AAB20A Current Genetics
AAB40A Molecular Biotechnology

QCQ52A Instructional Approaches to Computer Applications
QCQ52B Topics in Computer Applications
QCQ52C Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Computer Applications
QCQ52D Further Topics in Computer Applications

QCS50G Pedagogies for Primary Science
QCS50H Informal Science Learning Environments for Primary Science

INS0049 Integrated STEM Curriculum to Promote Foundational, Meta and Humanistic Learning (Code to Sew)
INS1015 Integrated Thematic Approach to Teaching of Primary Science
INS1028 STEM Applications in Teaching Primary Science 1
INS2178 Teaching Science as a Human Endeavour: Why, What, How?
INS2179 Micro:bit STEM 1: Getting Started
INS2180 Micro:bit STEM 2: Making Simple Scientific Instruments
INS2181 Micro:bit STEM 3: Datalogging
INS2190 Integrating STEM into Lower Secondary Science (Part 1)
IN0001 Micro:bit Workshop for Teachers/Technical Support Officers

Past Courses:

ACS20A Curriculum and Practices for Primary Science
QCS50D Curriculum and Inquiry in Primary Science
INS2165 Integrated Lower Secondary Science – A Thematic Approach
INS4401 Topics in Biological Science for Primary Science