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Education in the City: Strategies to Reading and Learning in Current Times

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Findings from international surveys suggest that children and teenagers are reading less for enjoyment now. The research also highlights the importance of independent reading for improved reading proficiency, student wellbeing, and as a core basis for lifelong learning.

In this presentation, Associate Professor Loh Chin Ee will share findings from a 2021 study of adolescent reading habits to shed light on the leisure reading habits of Singaporean teenagers, and discuss the role of technology in supporting or constraining reading.

Based on a recent school-based study on primary school students as well as her extensive experience working with this age group, Director of Libraries at Dulwich College (Singapore) Sarah Mounsey will talk about how school librarians and teachers can build their collection to support students’ reading enjoyment and frequency from a young age.

This programme is organised in conjunction with the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education.

About the Speakers

Loh Chin Ee, Associate Professor from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Chin Ee’s research focuses on literature and literacy education, particularly on reading and school libraries. She recently produced and created the How We Read podcast series, which gives a broad overview of the reading proficiencies and strategies required for future-readiness.

Sarah Mounsey, Director of Libraries at Dulwich College (Singapore), is a book-obsessed teacher, librarian and author. She spends her days juggling three sons, hundreds of students and thousands of books. She is also the author of the Paw Prints series of books, which are published in Singapore. Sarah loves nothing more than to work with students, teachers and parents to find the right book or series to hook every student onto reading.

About the Moderator

Joyceline See Tully is a children’s book author and the co-founder of Pepper Dog Press. Her latest book is Tiger Tales: Almost True Animal Stories from Old Singapore. She also wrote The Little Singapore Book, Attack at the Mall and The Runaway Car for primary schools in Singapore.

About Education in the City

This series offers perspectives from researchers who work in Singapore schools that will enable the public to better understand education issues and gain practical tips on what can be done to help our children.

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