Dr. Jennifer Pei-Ling Tan

Research Scientist of Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education


Dr. Tan is a Research Scientist at the Office of Education Research in the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She has more than 13 years of experience in education research in both academia and the private sector in Singapore and Australia, where she worked with schools, governments and industry partners to implement, evaluate and improve teaching and learning processes and outcomes in schools. Dr. Tan specializes in pedagogical and curriculum innovation aimed at promoting 21st-century knowledge economy skills and dispositions in learners, particularly creativity and collaborative problem-solving. 

Prior to her current role, she was Vice President Academics (Head of Education Sciences) at a multibillion-dollar private investment firm, where she led a small team of educationists to develop, implement and evaluate a suite of curriculum and teacher professional development products aimed at fostering creativity and well-being in learners in low-income Asian countries. For two years before that, she held the role of Global Research Manager at the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a leading not-for-profit education foundation committed to developing internationally minded and well-rounded young people. In this role, she designed and implemented several global evaluation studies to examine the impact of IB educational programs on student learning outcomes and teachers’ pedagogical practices. From 2004 to 2010, as Research Fellow and Manager of the ARC Centre of Excellence Creative Workforce 2.0 Program at Queensland University of Technology, Dr. Tan managed several government-contracted and industry-funded projects to implement and evaluate a range of techno-pedagogical and curriculum innovations aimed at promoting creativity and new literacies in students. Dr. Tan holds a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Education and Business.