About Sirene Lim
Current research interests:
early childhood education – curriculum, policy and pedagogy; respecting children as thinkers and cultural agents; postcolonial and critical theories; teacher learning and leadership
|2015 - Present||Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead, Singapore University of Social Sciences|
|2008 - 2013||Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education, Singapore ‐ Early Childhood and Special Needs|
|2003 - 2007||EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University ‐ Curriculum and Teaching|
|2002 - 2003||MEd, University of South Australia|
|1995 - 1996||PGDE, National Institute of Education, Singapore|
Early childhood care and education in a consumer society: Questioning the child–adult binary and childhood inequality Global Studies of Childhood (2015)
Like many globalised urban cities, Singapore is a consumer society – a social system shaped by the production and consumption of commodities. Through a cultural studies framework, this article utilises ethnographic data of children’s peer ...
Allied Educators (Learning and Behavioural) in Singapore’s mainstream schools: first steps towards inclusivity? International Journal of Inclusive Education (2013)
It is arguable whether Singapore's mainstream schools are moving towards ‘inclusion’ by providing support for students with mild to moderate disabilities through the provision of a newly created para-professional called the Allied Educators (Learning and ...
Learning and language: educarer–child interactions in Singapore infant-care settings Early Child Development and Care (2013)
While there has been extensive research exploring the quality of caregiver–child interactions in programmes for preschool children, comparatively less international research has explored the nature of caregiver–child interactions in centre-based infant-care programmes. Nine caregivers in ...
Privileging preschool children’s voices in research: Use of drawings and a co-construction process. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. (2013)
The growing acknowledgement of the value of listening to children’s views and experiences in social research, popularly termed as “listening to their voices,” brings with it methodological consequences. Regarding children as expert informants about their ...
Creating Polyphony with Exploratory Web Documentation in Singapore Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, (2012)
We introduce and reflect on "Images of Teaching", an ongoing web documentation research project on preschool teaching in Singapore. This paper discusses the project's purpose, methodological process, and our learning points as researchers who aim ...
Looking at Education through a Deweyan Lens: How play can take shape in Singapore’s preschools Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (2004)
This article outlines key characteristics of Singapore’s national values and the preschool education context, and provides a discussion of what the spirit of play could be like in Singaporean preschools. The article uses Deweyan principles ...
Book chapters (7)
“I have…do you have?”: Facilitating Children’s Play and Talk in a Consumer Society CHILDREN’S PLAY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: FACILITATING LEARNING IN DIVERSE CONTEXTS (2016)
Children make sense of their world when they are with their peers. Often, they demonstrate their current understandings of how the world functions through their own initiated play and exploration. This chapter encourages teachers to ...
Other publications (3)
Research grants (9)