Workshop 6: Exploring social competence in preschoolers with persona dolls (EL)
Trainers: Pat Lim, Loh Wai Fun & Elizabeth TAN-CHONG Chai Kim
The workshop will engage participants by considering the following:
• Areas of social competence that we should see in children aged 4-6 years
• Assessment tools used to measure social competence
• Behaviour issues confronting teachers and carers - for example, name calling, physical contacts, excluding children from
certain ethnic groups
• The meaning and use of persona dolls who become an identity in the classroom.
• Curriculum activities which present problems and how these can be structured by the skilled teachers.
Videos will be used and participants will have to complete tasks which will increase their understanding of social competence and ways of dealing with this in children’s interactions in the curriculum.
About the Trainers
The presenters Pat Lim, Loh Wai Fun and Elizabeth Tan are all experienced lecturers in SEED Institute and have completed a study on social competence spanning over a year of research and reflection. They have many examples of children’s interactions on videos gleaned through their research to share with participants.
Mrs PAT LIM, MSocSc (Professional Counselling), MSc (Early Childhood Education), BSc (Civil Engineering) is a Lecturer with SEED Institute. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education in Singapore for more than 15 years as a teacher, principal of kindergarten and child care settings, lecturer, and field supervisor. Her first degree in engineering has taught her that a sound building requires a strong foundation and structure, and constant maintenance work. She believes in a balanced approach in developing young children’s lives, where both structure of learning and relationship-focus are essential components. Her mission in early childhood education is to mentor and scaffold teachers so that they can support children in acquiring relevant, meaningful knowledge and skills; equally important is the need for teachers to exemplify relationship-building in the learning environment, cultivating values of respect, initiative and responsibility amidst values of independence and competence. She holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College (Boston, USA) and a Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia).
Pat teaches in modules on Child development, Designing preschool learning environment, Partnership with families and community, Developing self & social awareness, and Safety, health & nutrition. She is also serving primary school aged children in the community as a counsellor, in a voluntary capacity.
LOH WAI FUN (MSc) is a Lecturer with SEED Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Newcastle.
She has 12 years of working experience in the Early Childhood field as a teacher, head teacher, principal and lecturer. Wai Fun teaches modules on Professional Development in Early Childhood Settings, Developing Self & Social Awareness, Play and the Young Child , Working with Families, and Designing preschool learning environment
ELIZABETH TAN-CHONG CHAI KIM (MSc) is a Lecturer with SEED Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and a Bachelor of Education Studies from the University of Melbourne.
She has more than 44 years of experience in the early childhood field in Singapore, comprising teaching, supervisory and administrative experience. Elizabeth is involved in Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education Teaching/Leadership. She specialises in teaching modules such as Infant & Toddler Behaviour and Development, Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, Professional Development in Early Childhood Settings, Administrative & Management of Programmes for Young Children, Building Family and Community-Centred Partnership, Managing Quality Preschool Education Curriculum and also supervising student teachers in their field practicum.
Available workshop sessions:
Session 2 – 1.30pm to 3pm