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2009 Some Thoughts on Our Roles as Educators in the University

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SPEAKER :Associate Professor Goh Say Song, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, OEA winner 2009SYPNOSIS :Being educators in the University, there are many different roles that we may play at different stages of our students learning journey. In this talk, various challenges, developments and aspects related to our roles as educators will be highlighted. These include managing students aptitudes and learning mindsets; challenging students effectively; generating interest and inspiring students; using modern advances in technology to facilitate learning; and contributing to the entire education ecosystem. Strategies drawn from personal experiences will also be presented. These approaches aim to educate and inspire students with different strengths and from different backgrounds. The ideas are illustrated by specific examples from the teaching of mathematics.About the Speaker:Associate Professor Goh Say Song received his B.A. (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford in 1988 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1990 and 1992 respectively. He joined the Department of Mathematics in 1994. He received multiple teaching awards from the University and the Faculty of Science continuously from 1997 to 2008. He has successfully made various modules in mathematics accessible to students from different faculties and backgrounds, and inspired many of them to enjoy mathematics.Say Songs research interests are on the theory and applications of wavelets, and he engages actively in multi-disciplinary research. He is currently an Assistant Head of the Department of Mathematics and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Wavelets, Approximation and Information Processing. He is a firm supporter of mathematics education and has given numerous mathematics enrichment lectures to schools and junior colleges.

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