Diana Ng Yee Ping

I started my DPhil at OUCEA in October 2014 supported by a scholarship from the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). My research focuses on the broad notion of assessing scientific reasoning – the ability to think about and use science in the context of an inquiry-based science curriculum. My supervisors are Professor Jo-Anne Baird and Dr Joshua McGrane. Dr Jane McNicholl is my adviser.

I was a secondary school science teacher for ten years prior to joining SEAB. During my teaching career, I was involved in a number of award-winning research projects which required conceptualisation, design and evaluation of appropriate assessment instruments. One such project, which had the support of the Ministry of Education, was a three-year Student Action Research (STARS) programme. In STARS, participating students apply the process of Plan-Act-Observe-Reflect to investigate classroom, school or community linked issues. Findings from the STARS research were published and disseminated to all Singapore schools as well as presented at various sharing platforms.

In 2008, I received the country’s highest honour for educators – President’s Award for Teachers. A year later, I joined SEAB where I was in charge of national examinations of science subjects at various grade levels. In 2012, I received my Master of Education (Educational and Psychological Measurement and Evaluation) degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. For the degree, I was awarded the certificate of commendation for the 2012 Singapore Teacher’s Union Gold Medal as one of the top three graduates of the course.

College: St. Anne’s