Time for Learning: A Day in the Life of a Singaporean Teacher

How does one of the highest-achieving school systems in the world manage teacher time?
September 28, 2016

Time for Learning: A Day in the Life of a Singaporean Teacher is a product of SCOPE's International Teacher Policy Study. The study examines policies and practices related to teacher quality used by high-achieving jurisdictions. The policies reviewed include those associated with teacher recruitment, preparation, retention, and professional learning, as well as those that structure the work of teaching:

  • curriculum and assessment policies;
  • school organization, as it influences working conditions and the use of teacher time; and
  • school funding, as it shapes the compensation and teaching resources available to teachers. 

This study had many significant contributors: 

  • The Singapore research team was led by Professor Low Ee Ling (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Professor A. Lin Goodwin (Teachers College, Columbia University) supported by researchers Ms. Jane Lin (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), and Mr. Hui Chenri (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Ms. Tan Hwee Pin, Mrs. Punitha Ramanan, Mdm. Rosmiliah Kasmin, and Ms. Serene Lai Woon Mui of the Kranji Secondary School in Singapore
  • The teachers, and students at the Kranji Secondary School in Singapore
  • SCOPE researchers Dion BurnsJon Snyder, and Linda Darling-Hammond

Many thanks to the Ministry of Education, Singapore for their support of this project.

Production Information:
11 min., 43 sec. run time.