Conceptions of Knowledge Creation, Knowledge and Knowing

A Phenomenography of Singapore Chinese Language Teachers

  • Yuh Huann Tan
  • Seng Chee Tan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Yuh Huann Tan, Seng Chee Tan
    Pages 1-11
  3. Yuh Huann Tan, Seng Chee Tan
    Pages 13-33
  4. Yuh Huann Tan, Seng Chee Tan
    Pages 35-45
  5. Yuh Huann Tan, Seng Chee Tan
    Pages 69-90
  6. Yuh Huann Tan, Seng Chee Tan
    Pages 183-187
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 189-191

About this book


This book responds to calls for further advancing knowledge creation in schools. It examines sixteen Chinese Language teachers from Singapore, since language teachers are primarily responsible for the basic literacy that is the foundation of students’ lifelong learning. Positing that people’s cultural beliefs and the language(s) they use are inseparable, the book argues that Chinese language teachers possess a unique understanding of the various phenomena that reflect the influences of Chinese culture by virtue of the language they speak and teach. For the purposes of the investigation, it employs phenomenography — a methodology aimed at finding and systematising how people interpret the world around them — to determine and describe Chinese language teachers’ conceptions of these phenomena.


Knowledge Creation in Education Teacher Conceptions Phenomenography Chinese Language Teachers Personal Epistemology Epistemological Beliefs Teacher Beliefs

Authors and affiliations

  • Yuh Huann Tan
    • 1
  • Seng Chee Tan
    • 2
  1. 1.Yusof Ishak Secondary SchoolMinistry of EducationSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-3563-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-3564-2
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