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Semi-plenary Speakers

Dr Yeap Ban Har
taught at National Institute of Education for the last ten years before taking up his present two positions as the principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, a global teacher professional development institute, and the director of curriculum and professional development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented school.

 For AY2010/11, he also teaches courses at National Institute of Education, SEED Institute / Wheelock College and Rajabhat Mahasarakham University.



Ms. Justina Tan is a Lecturer with the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She graduated with an Honors degree in Communication Studies from the Nanyang Technological University. She has a MA (Masters in Arts) degree from Columbia University. While pursuing her MA in the States, she served as a reading teacher in one of the public schools in Harlem. She is currently pursuing the dual award Ed.D programme with the National Institute of Education, Singapore and Institute of Education, London University. She was involved in the setting up of the College of Education in Bahrain and had given workshops in Indonesia and to Cambodian principals.

Dr. Grace Shangkuan Koo is an associate professor at the University of the Philippines where she’s been teaching graduate courses in Educational Psychology in the last 15 years.

She holds four academic degrees, three of which from UP: Bachelor of Music, MA in Education, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She also earned a Master of Christian Studies from China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. In 2003 she took up post-doctorate studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Boston, USA and studied with Drs. Howard Gardner, Kurt Fischer, David Perkins and Robert Kegan.

As a UP student Dr. Koo was awarded both Most Outstanding Thesis in 1990 and Most Outstanding Dissertation in 1994. She was also class valedictorian at her doctoral graduation. As a UP professor she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Most Outstanding Teacher in 2000, and in 2006, she was awarded the UP Centennial Faculty Grant.

Her research interests and publications have centered mostly on how cognitive development has been influenced by epistemological beliefs, motivational orientations, mass media, and multi-linguistic integration; the last being something personally relevant as she had taken classes of 12 languages when she was younger.

Aside from research and teaching, Dr. Koo keeps a busy speaking calendar and serves in many educational institutions as a board member or consultant. She has been a contributing writer at Philippine Daily Inquirer for 11 years, and lately started Jeremiah’s Dilemma Quarterly where she is the editor-in-chief.

Dr. Koo chooses to live a more holistic and satisfying life of engaging in varied interests other than her career in the academe. She spends much time on music, books, writing, and travels. She also involves in church ministries and charity work.

Married to Caleb, a businessman, they are parent to Crystal, a UP magna cum laude English literature graduate and a Palanca short story awardee, who is currently a lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University, and Christian, Ateneo Environmental Science graduate who is currently taking further studies in Video Game Design at Vancouver Film School.

Mr. Paul Robert Nerney is a senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He obtained his master's degree from Ateneo de Manila University and bachelor's degree from Providence College. He has a broad interest in research, including in areas such as writing pedagogy, discourse analysis of academic texts and English for academic purposes



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