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Education in the City –Cultivation of Learning through Environmental Design

Published on : 7 May 2019

Education in the City –Cultivation of Learning through Environmental Design

The ability to contextualise knowledge, think critically and innovate are prized traits in a culture where change and invention have become the new norm. How can we as educators and parents help our children to embrace habits of engagement, curiosity and self-directedness required for future work and learning? 

This talk examines how the design of learning environments can encourage the cultivation of self-directed and independent learning through focus on play and pleasure. 

Friday, 31 May 2019
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building 

Free admission. Register now via

The National Library, in conjunction with the Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education (NIE), is proud to present Education in the City. This series offers perspectives from researchers who work in Singapore schools that will enable the public to better understand education issues and gain practical tips on what can be done to help our children. 

About the Speakers

Loh Chin Eeis an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Her current research focuses on reading and the design of school libraries as equitable learning environments for future learning. She is the author ofThe Space and Practice of Reading(Routledge, 2017).

Joshua Comaroff studied literature, linguistics and creative writing at Amherst College before enrolling in the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programmes at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He obtained his PhD in Geography from UCLA. He is a design consultant at Lekker Architects in Singapore, and an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Design Magazine, and the co-author of Horror in Architecture, together with Ong Ker Shing.

About the Moderator

Chang Tian Ju is currently the head of the English Language and Literature Department of Commonwealth Secondary School and was previously the subject head of its Department for Research, Innovation and Design. She was involved in the planning of the school’s level-wide Design Thinking and Maker Education programmes. She was also part of the team that redesigned of several learning spaces and programmes in the school using Design Thinking. She believes in the meaningful application of Design Thinking to enrich students’ learning experiences.

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