PhD (Monash University, Australia)
MEd (University of Nottingham, UK)
BSc University of Singapore
Diploma in Education (University of Singapore)
Cert in TESL (RELC, Singapore)
Professor of Mathematics Education
National Institute of Education, Singapore
Berinderjeet KAUR, PhD, is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Professor Kaur began her career as a secondary school mathematics teacher and taught in schools for 6 years before joining the National Institute of Education in 1988. She has been at NIE for the last twenty six years working with teachers, heads of departments, vice – principals and principals of schools. For two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006 she was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Commendation award at the National Institute of Education.
Her primary research interests are in the area of classroom pedagogy of mathematics teachers and comparative studies in mathematics education. She has been involved in numerous international studies of Mathematics Education. As the principal investigator of the Learner’s Perspective Study (LPS), International Project on Mathematical Attainment (IPMA), International Comparative Study on Mathematics Teacher Training (ICSMTT) and Kassel Project, she has made significant contributions nationally and internationally on the teaching and learning of mathematics.
She was the Mathematics Consultant to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2011. As the consultant she oversaw the development of the test instrument. She is also the core member of the Mathematics Expert Group for PISA 2015 and actively involved in the design of the test items. She has given numerous keynote and invited presentations at conferences held in the region as well as in various parts of the world. She has published more than 200 papers in journals, conference proceedings and books. Her publications appear in top-tier regional and international journals and also in both pedagogy and scholarly books. She is also on the editorial boards of several local and international top-tier journals. She has examined more than 20 research thesis for the award of PhD and master degrees.
She has been actively involved in the professional development of mathematics teachers in Singapore and is the founding chairperson of conferences for mathematics teachers that started in 2005. She is also the founding editor of the Association of Mathematics Educators (AME) Yearbook series that started in 2009. Professor Kaur was awarded the Fellow of Teachers Network in the years 2003 and 2004. She was the President of the Association of Mathematics Educators (AME) from 2004-2010. For her tireless devotion to the professional development of mathematics teachers in Singapore she was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the President of Singapore on Singapore’s 41st National Day in 2006.
Professor Kaur is Singapore’s representative to the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (ICMI), a world body that coordinates the development and research in mathematics education. She was part of an international team that reviewed the Thai Mathematics Standards in 2012. She was also a member of the team of experts that held a two week development programme (CANP) in Cambodia in 2013 developing mathematics educators in the country. She is at present actively involved in an ICMI research study on Primary Mathematics. She serves as a consultant to two primary mathematics textbook series in Singapore and Brunei respectively. In 2014, she is also involved in the production of a television series on Numbers for pre-schoolers for OKTO.