graduation, phd thesis

this is the second time i received such an envelope. the first time was around 9.5 yrs ago when we were in shanghai.

the paper work should have been completed at least 2 months ago. but 迟到好过没到 we always say. the long-awaited official closure of the 5 yrs 2 mth journey is finally here.

shot on Oct 16, 2017

like the last post, this is what my thesis research is about:

title:
Chinese Language Teachers’ Conceptions of Knowledge Creation, Knowledge and Knowing

abstract:
Set against the backdrop of education in the Knowledge Age, the current study answers calls in the literature to further advance knowledge creation in schools. Scholars observed that education in schools is not changing fast enough to prepare our young to meet the demands of the world’s workforce and citizens. Teachers are the key people educating students in schools, and scholars have highlighted a need to investigate their understanding of the phenomena. Sixteen Chinese Language (CL) teachers from Singapore were examined in this research as language teachers are primarily responsible for the basic literacies that form students’ foundation for lifelong learning. Positing that people’s cultural beliefs and the language(s) used are inseparable, CL teachers may possess an understanding of the different phenomena that reflect the influence of the Chinese culture by virtue of the language they speak and teach. To carry out the investigation, the current research adopted phenomenography — a methodology aimed at finding and systematising how people interpret the world around them — to learn about and to describe CL teachers’ conceptions of the phenomena.

Through the phenomenographic processes, four separate outcome spaces representing what the CL teachers understand of knowledge, knowing, knowledge creation in general, and knowledge creation in education, had emerged. Each outcome space represented the qualitatively different albeit limited understanding of teachers on a phenomenon. The critical variations in teachers’ understanding were presented in the different categories of an outcome space hierarchically. Critical variations aside, non-critical variations that have emerged from teachers’ conception were also captured.
The findings had shown that the CL teachers’ understanding of various phenomena did exhibit differences from scholarly conceptions. For example, the understanding of a shared outcome in knowledge creation had not emerged although theories of knowledge creation commonly described some form of shared outcomes as a key component of knowledge creation. Other aspects included community-related and process-related differences. In the understanding of knowledge and knowing, the emergence of direct definitions and types of knowledge during interviews, and the non-emergence of descriptions on the structural simplicity of knowledge were examples of the differences between theoretical and people’s conception. Besides demonstrating the differences, some of the CL teachers’ conception may be attributed to the influence of cultural beliefs. For instance, some of the CL teachers highlighted the non-receptive for changes as possibly an inhibitor to knowledge creation; their understanding of knowledge creation implied impending changes. Change, when seen as a disruption to existing harmonious state of things, was culturally undesirable. Similarly, the omnipresence of authorities of knowledge and the different ways of interpreting these authorities by different teachers reflected, on the one hand, the influence of hierarchy-conscious Confucian-heritage culture; and on the other hand, the possible moderating effect of English language and Western culture on the Singaporean CL teachers’ personal epistemology.

keywords:
knowledge creation, education, teachers’ conception, phenomenography, Chinese Language

download link to the thesis will be made available through the NIE Digital Repository when it’s available (:

packing vs thesis writing

收拾装箱和论文写作的共同点就是两者都会到达饱和点,就再也不能继续下去了 :O
packing and thesis writing are the same in that both can reach a point of saturation where you just have to stop :O

shot on Oct 16, 2017

12470 告别演唱会

#throwback to monday 18/9, it’s the 3rd f2f session of the last round of 12470 for the year. and it could be the last round for good. how fascinating! and here’s the group photo of 12470-00009:

looking forward to more opportunities to shift CL teachers’ epistemology and to co-create knowledge in 2018.

a mysterious package

last friday a parcel arrvied, but i wasn’t around so i did not get to open it until yesterday.
话说回来,我很少很少收到神秘包裹,慢慢打开,原来是朵向日葵!**haha**

谢谢燕玲 Yan Ling 的绝佳手工和心意 (:

#2017空前神秘的教师节礼物 #ExtendedTeachersDay2017

what i do at work

friends always ask what do I do at work@SCCL. this card more or less summarised a key activity – engaging CL teachers in deep conversation, and shifting their epistemology, one question at a time. 谢谢素娇 Doris for your kind words, and may your eyes be shining (Zander, 2012) for a long long time to come too (: #2017最有意义的教师节礼物 #throwback #2017TeachersDay #lifeOfaTeacherEducator