Inaugural Conference Schedule

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 VENUE: YWCA Fort Canning Lodge, 6 Fort Canning Road Singapore 179494
Friday, 18 September, 2015
TIME WORKSHOP TITLE & SPEAKER(S) SYNOPSIS VENUE
9.00am – 9.15am Opening Address
Ms Tan Kee Leng, President of YWCA
9.15am – 9.30am Welcome and Introductory Speech
Ms Janet Tan, Vice President of YWCA
9.30am – 10.30am Keynote:
TEACHER THINKING FOR INCLUSIVITY AND PERSON-CENTREDNESS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
Speaker: Dr Hanin Binte Hussain, Lecturer, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
What is teaching? How can we, as teachers, foster inclusivity and person-centredness as we negotiate the diversities and complexities in our teaching lives?
The speaker will draw on complexity thinking to share a way of thinking about teaching and curriculum that can enable participants to negotiate the above.  This way focuses on (1) highlighting the value of the emergent curriculum and (2) positioning teaching as teacher thinking and actions that influence the nature and direction of activities and children’s learning in their educational setting.
From these views of curriculum and teaching, early childhood practitioners can simultaneously respond to children’s interests and needs, engage children individually and collectively in content knowledge and meet our responsibilities as teachers.  At the same time, they strengthen both their own learning about our teaching and their relationships with the children.  In this way, early childhood practitioners strive to be inclusive and person-centred in their on-going interactions with children and themselves.
Ballroom
at Level 2
10.30am – 11.00am TEA BREAK Ballroom Foyer
at Level 2
11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop:
BUILDING SENSE OF COHERENCE/RESILIENCE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
Speaker: Mr Norman Kee Kiak Nam, Lecturer, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
On a daily basis, early childhood educators are faced with varying and diverse demands from students, parents, administrators, the curriculum and possibly also from their own home. The complex and timely decisions needed may be challenging and overwhelming, as it requires appropriate application of knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines.
In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn how one can build one’s sense of coherence/resilience in spite of the challenges, so as to be person-centred and inclusive.
Joy and Peace
Room
at Level 3
Paper Presentation:
PROMOTING INCLUSIVITY AMONG PRESCHOOLERS THROUGH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Speaker:Dr Ng Chiew Hong, Lecturer, English Language & Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
As society becomes more diverse, our pre-school settings are beginning to reflect this. The diversity necessitates the promotion of inclusivity to create awareness and/or meet various learning needs. Preschools, parent-and-child groups, and daycare centres are the earliest (and best) places to start the inclusionary process and to promote inclusivity.
The session will look specifically at why and how children’s literature can be used to promote inclusivity in the preschool setting.
Hope and Faith
Room
at Level 3
11.00am – 12.30pm Workshop:
AN INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL DIFFERENTIATION
Speaker: Dr Thana Luxshme Thaver, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
This introductory workshop will first help participants understand the principles of differentiated instruction. It then will introduce participants to a framework for differentiating and adapting curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Opportunities will be given to participants to apply their understanding of this framework in hands-on activities. Love and Charity
Room
at Level 3
11.00am – 12.30pm Paper Presentation:
WHEN UNEXPECTED DISRUPTION OCCURS DURING THE NORMAL CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Speakers: A/P Noel Chia Kok Hwee & Ms Yang Wensi, PhD Candidature and Research Assistant, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
This enlightening paper presentation aims to provide participants an introductory but yet in-depth understanding of what can go wrong during a normal child development.
Briefly, the presenter will touch very quickly on the familiar theories of child development (e.g., Piaget, Erikson, Freud and Kohlberg) but also on those less familiar to the participants (e.g., Galinsky and Kegan). More importantly, the presenter will illustrate through his graphic organisation how a trigger of a small disruption in the child development can result in a big challenge (e.g., disorder) in the child in the years that follow. It has been termed as the butterfly effect as well as fractals within the theory of chaos that can cause other challenges leading to anomaly, complexity and uncertainty.
Pool Terrace
Room
at Level 3
12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH BREAK Café Lodge
at Level 1
1.30pm – 2.30pm Keynote:
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: SOME INTRODUCTORY CONSIDERATIONS
Speaker: Asst/P Wong Meng Ee, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Assistive technology devices and related services are usually regarded as devices and services that could only be provided to children in special education classrooms. In recent times, it is increasingly clearer that these devices and services must be provided to any eligible child requiring them in order to benefit from placement in a regular or special education programme. This presentation will share some introductory ideas for assistive technology for the early childhood setting. Broad areas considered will include devices for communication, daily living, sensory and mobility needs. Ballroom
at Level 2
2.30pm – 3.00pm Plenary Discussion:
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PERSON-CENTRED IN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
Speakers: A/P Noel Chia Kok Hwee, Asst/P Wong Meng Ee and Dr Lim Boon Hock
Facilitator/Moderator: Ms Jeannie Lee
This plenary discussion will explore the concepts of person-centredness and inclusion, especially what it means to be person-centred and inclusive. Do these two terms mean different or same thing(s)? More importantly, how do person-centredness and inclusion best put into practice in the field of early childhood education? Audience will be invited to pose their questions during the Q&A.
3.00pm – 3.30pm TEA BREAK Ballroom Foyer
at Level 2
3.30pm – 5.00pm Paper Presentation:
MEDIATED LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Speakers:Dr Chua Bee Leng, Lecturer, Psychological Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Ms Paulina Chng Sock Wah, Research Assistant, Psychological Studies Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) stresses that the quality of interaction between the child and the environment via a human mediator plays a pivotal role in the cognitive development of the individual.
This workshop rides on the theoretical underpinnings of Feuerstein’s Theory of MLE to impart appropriate use of strategies to enhance cognitive development during early childhood education.
Pool Terrace
Room
at Level 3
3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop:
AN INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL DIFFERENTIATION
Speaker: Dr Thana Luxshme Thaver, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
This introductory workshop will first help participants understand the principles of differentiated instruction. It then will introduce participants to a framework for differentiating and adapting curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Opportunities will be given to participants to apply their understanding of this framework in hands-on activities. Joy and Peace
Room
at Level 3
3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop:
DEVELOPMENT OF WORD RECOGNITION IN PRESCHOOL CHILDREN FROM 4-8 YEARS OLD
Speakers: Ms Patricia Ng Mui Hoon, Research Assistant, Katong SchoolA/P Noel Chia Kok Hwee, Early Childhood & Special Needs Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
This participatory workshop aims to equip early childhood educators with a clearer understanding of word recognition and word expression in young children by looking into the early developmental stages of word knowledge.
It begins with a brief introduction to the constituents of an English word follows by the developmental stages of language acquisition and then moves into the ten developmental stages of word recognition as postulated by carver (1970), which, in turn, form the essential foundation to reading development in early childhood phase. In addition, the presenters will also introduce participants to the developmental phases of word reading (Ehri, 1991, 1994) and the four stages of word recognition process (Chia, 2009).
Hope and Faith
Room
at Level 3
3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop:
THE WONDERS OF VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY AS A TEACHING TOOL FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS: AN INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATION
Speaker: A/P Cai Yiyu, Deputy Director, Institute for Media Innovation, Nanyang Technological University
This is a demonstration workshop where participants will be introduced to the awe and wonder of avatar image-based virtual reality technology (AIbVRT) that has been used in mainstream as well as special education. The speaker will share with the participants examples of how this augmented reality technology has been used to work with children with special needs in two SPED schools in Singapore. Love and Charity
Room
at Level 3
 VENUE: YWCA Fort Canning Lodge, 6 Fort Canning Road Singapore 179494
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
Date and Time WORKSHOP TITLE & SPEAKER(S) SYNOPSIS VENUE
9.00am – 10.00am Keynote:
TEACHING ASSISTANTS IN INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: A PARADIGM SHIFT
Speaker: Dr Jennifer Camulli, International School of Macau, Macau University of Science & Technology, China
The call for students with special needs to be included in mainstream education has gained more momentum than ever with advocacy groups demanding equal opportunity to education. Policy makers, school administrators, and classroom teachers scramble to provide appropriate placement and in doing so, increasingly engage the services of teacher assistants to provide the extra support in schools. Yet, the teacher assistant [the least qualified personnel] is often tasked providing primary instruction to students with the most complex learning needs. This lecture questions this practice and proposes a paradigm shift in the deployment, training, and expectation of teacher assistants within inclusive education. Ballroom
at Level 2
10.00am – 10.30am TEA BREAK Ballroom Foyer
at Level 2
10.30am – 12.00pm Paper Presentation:
AUGMENTED TECHNOLOGY: ENHANCING PEDAGOGY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Speaker: Mr Izad Ghalid, Lecturer, School of Humanities &Social Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic
Mr Izad will be introducing augmented technology and how it can impact teaching and learning in the classroom setting.
He will also share how such technology may address some of the issues raised in Early Childhood Education.
Participants will also be able to be engaged in a hands-on session during the workshop.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices (iPad/iPhone/Android) so as to be able to try out Augmented Reality technology.
Hope and Faith
Room
at Level 3
10.30am – 12.00pm Workshop:
ECOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE AND EMPOWERING: ECI PRACTITIONERS EQUIPPING FAMILIES FOR THE LONG JOURNEY AHEAD
Speaker: Dr Lim Boon Hock, National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Malaysia, & Mr Joseph Lee Ban Meng, Research Assistant, Special Needs Consultant, National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Malaysia
Parents do not prepare to have a child with disabilities.  But when it does happen, most parents go into shock, sometimes denial, followed by grief, then the lingering pain and fear of not knowing what holds for the long journey ahead.
This workshop invites participants to rethink ECI based on a conceptual framework underpinned by the transactional model and ecological perspective of child development, which requires that we shift from an exclusive focus on the child, and to widen the scope of ECI to include the parents, the family, and higher level systems.
This interactive workshop intends to provoke further discussion as to how such a reconceptualisation of ECI can have significant implications on the way the ECI practitioner equips and empowers families with children with disabilities.
Love and Charity
Room
at Level 3
10.30am – 12.00pm Paper Presentation:
INCULCATING PEER SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN THE MAINSTREAM ECE CLASSROOM
Speaker: Mr Mohamad Shaifudin Bin Md Yusof and Ms Nadia Natasha Binte Mohamed Rasid, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Peer support can be a powerful strategy in promoting socio-emotional development for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder who is currently placed in a mainstream classroom.
This workshop will provide insights to educators on the type of peers that could potentially be a source of support to a child with autism within the classroom. In view of the high student to teacher ratio, selecting the right students in the classroom to help the student with autism can alleviate challenges faced in the classroom. The speakers will be sharing on the tools for peer support, how to select the appropriate peers and define the role of support of the selected peer.
This workshop is suitable for mainstream class teachers in preschool and primary school who have students with autism in the classroom.
Pool Terrace
Room
at Level 3
10.30am – 12.00pm Workshop:
USING TECHNOLOGY IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CLASSROOM
Speaker: Mr Anuwar Abdul Wahab, Vice Principal, Metta School
This workshop is for those who would like to learn more about using technology to create effective learning experiences in their classrooms by using digital tools such as Edmodo and ClassDojo.  These and others digital tools allow for classroom and behaviour management, teaching and learning through the use of apps, softwares and virtual spaces. Joy and Peace
Room
at Level 3