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Cognition, Emotion and Learning: Facilitating Students’ Learning Cognitively and Affectively
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IRN Start Date: May 1, 2015

With the rapid explosion and proliferation of knowledge in the twenty-first century, it has impacted on the way we learn with knowledge becoming more transitory and the difficulty to predict what will be useful for the future or what to select to learn. Indeed, the ability to cope with change, learning as much as possible, is consequently the generic capacity needed for the twenty-first century.

Recognizing that cognitive factors can be considered key elements to the individual’s successful adaption, particularly in a technological and rapidly changing society, it is acknowledged that in any classroom to prepare our students for the twenty-first century, the quality of interaction between the teacher and students have to be addressed with the implication that teachers need to take the role of facilitators rather than content disseminators (Tan, Seng, & Pou 2003). Likewise, positive emotions are deemed indispensable, if not paramount in a learning environment and parents, teachers and learners collectively acknowledged the importance of learner’s emotional welfare to promote effective learning (Markopoulou, 2015).

Therefore, in this fast changing landscape of the 21st century, it is critical for researchers and educators to take on an interdisciplinary approach as we embark collaboratively to explore mediated interventions that would guide us in our development of human capital and facilitate students’ learning cognitively and effectively.



Oon Seng Tan (Co-Convener)

National Institute of Education, Singapore


Bee Leng Chua (Co-Convener)

National Institute of Education, Singapore



List of Participants


Seng Seok Hoon
Consultant of Mediated Learning Lab
National Institute of Education International, Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616

Isabella Wong Yuen Fun
Associate Professor
Psychological Studies Academic Group
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616
Phone: 65-67903223
Fax: 65-68969410

United State of America
Carol Robinson-Zanartu
Professor and Chair
Department of Counseling and School Psychology
College of Education
North Ed., Rm. 180
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-0162
Tel: (619) 594-7725
Fax: (619) 594-7025

Katherine Greenberg
Professor Emerita
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
1122 Volunteer East Blvd
517 Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3254
Tel: 865-974-4157

Malka Margalit, Ph.D
Professor (Emeritus)
Constantiner School of Education
Tel-Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel-Aviv
Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences
Peres Academic Center
Rehovot, Israel




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