Christine C. M. Goh
Nanyang Technological University
Professor Christine C. M. Goh (吴娟明), Ph. D. is the Director of the National Institute of Education (NIE) in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and President’s Chair Professor in Education (Linguistics and Language Education). Professor Goh leads the development and implementation of NIE policies and strategies for excellence in education, research, talent development and professional culture. She also leads NIE, the sole teacher education institute in Singapore, in working with the Ministry of Education to support the country’s aspirations for teachers, school leaders, students and schools. In her role as the university dean for education in NTU, Professor Goh contributes actively to the University’s strategic directions for education, research, innovation and culture-building. As a University teacher, she has taught a wide range of English linguistics and English language teaching methodology courses at different levels, and has supervised to completion more than 30 students’ research at the Masters and Doctoral levels. She holds a Ph.D. (Linguistics) degree from Lancaster University, UK, and is widely recognised for her work in applied linguistics and education.
Teaching University Students to Learn for the Future: Imperatives for High Education
Education is one of the most precious gifts we can give our children and youths. A good education enables them to develop knowledge, skills, behaviours and ways of thinking, as they grow physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. Education also opens doors. The traditional purpose of a university education is to acquire good knowledge and skills about a discipline or a profession. Students often see getting a degree and a steady job as the ultimate goal of their higher education. This leads to the well-known phenomenon of paper chase. In this talk, I invite you to reflect on the importance of university teaching and learning and why we must help our students learn more effectively, purposefully and holistically through a university education. I put forward the view that Universities must prepare students not only to contribute to the economy, but more importantly, help them become better learners and leaders for the future. I will discuss how as University teachers we can do this by helping our students look inwards to themselves as learners and outwards to the society. I will also argue that like our students, University teachers must also look inwards and outwards, and identify areas of professional learning for ourselves. I will illustrate my talk with some examples of efforts and innovations that have been put in place in my university to develop learners and leaders for the future.
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