Rita Elaine SILVER

Associate Professor

Associate Dean, Research Design & Integrity

Office of Education Research (OER), English Language & Literature (ELL)

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classroom discourse in language and literacy classrooms at the primary level, teacher talk and reading comprehension, quality talk in Singapore primary classrooms, peer work and peer talk among child learners

  • Rita Elaine Silver is an Associate Professor at National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore. She lectures and tutors on reading comprehension instruction, language acquisition, and classroom discourse, and supervises graduate students (MA and PhD) in these areas.

    Her research interests are in classroom language learning, classroom pedagogy and classroom discourse. She has been the Principal Investigator on 13 funded research projects examining language education in Singapore (2004-2012) as well as co-PI on one Spencer Small Grant (2002-2004) and a Research Investigator on the international Six-National Education Research project (1999-2001).

    She is Editor of Language and Education (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rlae20#.Vphj4fl97IU) and was previously a Co-editor of Pedagogies: An International Journal (2013-2015). She has published in Cambridge Journal of EducationJournal of Educational Change, Language and EducationLanguage PolicyLanguage Teaching ResearchSystem, and TESOL Quarterly.

    Her most recent books are Quadrilingual Education in Singapore: Pedagogical Innovation in Language Education edited with Wendy Bokhorst-Heng (2016) and Language and Education: Social Implications with Soe Marlar Lwin (2014). Her current research involves a school-based intervention to enhance reading comprehension instruction, encourage more open-ended discussion in the context of Singapore primary classrooms, and foster deeper reading comprehension skills (with Jessie Png), and a proof-of-concept study on research data archiving and access (with Dennis Kwek).