Dr Muhammad Nazir Bin Amir
National Institute of Education
PG.Dip.Ed / Class of 2003
Ph.D. (NIE)/ Class of 2014
For his dedication to bringing out the best in his young charges and his contributions to the field of education, Nanyang Technological University is proud to present Dr Muhammad Nazir Bin Amir with the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
A Lead Teacher (Physics) at Greenview Secondary School, Dr Nazir received the President’s Award for Teachers in 2014. He has contributed to novel teaching approaches in engaging and motivating Normal Technical (NT) students, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The trained engineer made the decision to join the teaching profession after a relief teaching stint at Greenview Secondary, where he worked with NT students and was inspired to help these students see the potential in themselves.
Dr Nazir came up with the ‘Relevant, Appealing and Personal’ (RAP) pedagogical approach to make lessons more appealing and relevant to the real world and personal experiences of his students. The RAP pedagogical approach also became the foundation of a project-based science curriculum he developed for lower secondary NT students. One example from this curriculum is a multi-disciplinary ‘Toy Story-Telling Project’, which has been running since 2005. Through the project, his students are not only able to gain knowledge in the different academic subjects but are also given an avenue to showcase their creativity and inventiveness, and learn important values all at the same time.
Dr Nazir has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field of education. In 2012, he was awarded the Fellow of the Academy of Singapore Teachers. In a 2013 conference, he received the Teacher Research Paper Prize awarded by the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS). In 2014, he received the Crescendas Outstanding Physics Teacher Award by The Institute of Physics, Singapore, and in 2011 and 2014, received three Dean's Commendation for Research by the National Institute of Education (NIE) for peer-reviewed international publications from his doctoral work. In 2015, he led a professional learning community (PLC) of teachers in his school to clinch ‘GOLD’ at the Ministry of Education’s Innergy Awards, and a merit at the Public Service 21st Century (PS21) Excel Awards. This year, he is a recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programme.
Dr Nazir remains close to NIE. He has been invited to collaborate with faculty in NIE to carry out numerous research studies. Dr Nazir continually shares the instructional approaches and findings that have been developed from his action-research work in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters and conferences so that the wider education community may benefit from his classroom research. He has also been invited to share and conduct hands-on workshops for teachers and university students at the local and international platforms.
Dr Nazir believes that seeing students and teachers benefit from his guidance is all the motivation he needs to keep pursuing his passion in teaching.