Keynotes

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Book Chapters

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Invited Talks & Presentations

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Books

  1. Cho, Y. H., Caleon, I. S., & Kapur, M. (Eds.). (2015). Authentic Problem Solving and Learning in the 21st Century. Singapore: Springer  (360 pp.).
  2. Kaur, B., Yeap, B. H., & Kapur, M. (Eds.). (2009). Mathematical Problem Solving. Singapore: World Scientific (288 pp.).

Published Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

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Refereed Conference Proceedings

    1. Huang, J. S., Lam, R. J., & Kapur, M. (2017). Investigating task difficulty and generativity on the learning effect of delayed instruction. Paper presented at the 17th Biennial EARLI Conference, Tampere, Finland.
    2. Kapur, M. (2017). Preparatory effects of problem posing on learning from instruction. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 649). London, UK: Cognitive Science Society.
    3. Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2016). Investigating the learning and transfer effects of students-generated analogies. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Singapore
    4. Huang, J. S., Lam, R. J., & Kapur, M. (2016). Investigating analogical reasoning as the generative task In the Productive Failure design. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Singapore
    5. Kapur, M. (2015). Examining the ICAP hypothesis through evidence from studies on productive failure. Paper presented at the annual conference of European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015.
    6. Kapur, M. (2015). Learning from productive failure. Paper presented at the annual conference of European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015.
    7. Jacobson, M. J., Kapur, M., & Reimann, P. (2014). Towards a complex systems meta-theory of learning as an emergent phenomenon: Beyond the cognitive versus situative debate. In J. L. Polman, E. A. Kyza, D. K. O’Neill, I. Tabak, W. R. Penuel, A. S. Jurow, K. O’Connor, T. Lee & L. D’Amico (Eds.), Learning and becoming in practice: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014, Volume 1 (pp. 362-369). Boulder, CO, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
    8. Kom, M.S., & Kapur, M. (2014). Exploring student problem finding to promote science learning in the classroom. Proceedings of the International Science Education Conference, 25-27 November 2014 (pp. 923-959). National Institute of Education, Singapore.
    9. Kapur, M., Cvencek, D., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2013). Singaporean children’s math–gender stereotypes and math self-concepts: Relation to math achievement. Paper presented at the 2013 SRCD Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.
    10. Toh, P. L. L., & Kapur, M. (2012). Examining the adequacy of students’ priors and teacher’s role in attention to critical features in designing for productive failure.  In J. van Aalst, B.J. Reiser, C. Hmelo-Silver, & K. Thompson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 467-474). Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
    11. Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2012). Learning Innovation Diffusion as Complex Adaptive Systems through Model Building, Simulation, Game Play and Reflections. In J. van Aalst, B.J. Reiser, C. Hmelo-Silver, & K. Thompson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2012 (pp. 259-266). Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
    12. Kapur, M., & Bielaczyc, K. (2011). Classroom-based experiments in productive failure. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2812-2817). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    13. Kapur, M. (2010). Productive failure in learning the concept of variance. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2727-2732). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    14. Kapur, M., & Jacobson, M. J. (2010). Learning as an emergent phenomenon: Methodological implications. In K. Gomez, L. Lyons, & J. Radinsky, (Eds.). Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Volume 2 (pp. 192-193). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    15. Kapur, M., & Lee, J. (2009). Designing for productive failure in mathematical problem solving. In N. Taatgen & V. R. Hedderick (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2632-2637). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    16. Kapur, M., & Rummel, N. (2009). The assistance dilemma in CSCL. In A. Dimitracopoulou, C. O’Malley, D. Suthers, & P. Reimann (Eds.), Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Practices – CSCL2009 Community Events Proceedings, Vol 2 (pp. 37-42). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
    17. Bielaczyc, K., & Kapur, M. (2009). Playing epistemic games: Examining core issues in knowledge building communities and productive failure. Proceedings of the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore.
    18. Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2009). Learn diffusion of innovation as complex phenomena – A report from pilot study. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1996-1997), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    19. Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2009). Learning innovation diffusion as a complex phenomenon: A pilot study using agent-based modeling coupled with learners’ embodied experience. Proceedings of the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore.
    20. Ng, S. H., & Kapur, M. (2009). Instructional design for learning of Chinese characters from a cognitive load theory perspective. Proceedings of the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore.
    21. Kapur, M., Dickson, L., & Toh, P. Y. (2008). Productive failure in mathematical problem solving. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1717-1722). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    22. Kapur, M. (2008). A complexity-grounded model for convergence in group discussions. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    23. Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2007). Diffusion of Pedagogical Innovations as a Complex Adaptive Process – Agent -Based Modeling as Research Method. In Hirashima, T., Hoppe, U., & Young, S. S. C. (Eds.), Supporting Learning Flow through Interactive Technologies – Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (pp. 67-74). IOS Press Ebooks.
    24. Kapur, M., Hung, D., Jacobson, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C., & Chen, D.-T. (2007). Emergence of learning in computer-supported, large-scale collective dynamics: A research agenda. In C. A. Clark, G. Erkens, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (pp. 323-332). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    25. Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. (2007). Sensitivities to initial exchange in synchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) groups. In C. A. Clark, G. Erkens, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (pp. 333-343). Mahwah, NJ: Lulu.
    26. Kapur, M. (2006). Productive failure: A hidden efficacy of seemingly unproductive production. In R. Sun (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1587-1592). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    27. Voiklis, J., Kapur, M., Kinzer, C., & Black, J. (2006). An emergentist account of collective cognition in collaborative problem solving. In R. Sun (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 858-863). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    28. Kinzer, C., Kapur, M., Lohnes, S., Cammack, D. W., Kontovourki, S., Hoffman, D., & Turkay, S. (2006). Assessing pres-service teachers’ conceptual change in an internet-based case instructional environment. In R. Sun (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1611-1616). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    29. Petrosino, A., Svihla, V., & Kapur, M. (2006). Calculating expertise in bioengineering education. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (pp. 18-21), San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
    30. Voiklis, J., Kapur, M., Kinzer, C., & Black, J. (2006). An emergentist account of collective cognition in collaborative problem solving. In R. Sun (Ed.), Proceedings of the 28thAnnual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 858-863). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    31. Kinzer, C., Kapur, M., Lohnes, S., Cammack, D. W., Kontovourki, S., Hoffman, D., & Turkay, S. (2006). Assessing pres-service teachers’ conceptual change in an internet-based case instructional environment. In R. Sun (Ed.),Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1611-1616). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    32. Petrosino, A., Svihla, V., & Kapur, M. (2006). Calculating expertise in bioengineering education. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (pp. 18-21), San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
    33. Voiklis, J., & Kapur, M. (2006). Two walks through problem space. Poster presented at the International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston, MA, USA.
    34. Kapur, M. (2006). Productive failure. In S. Barab, K. Hay, & D. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Learning Sciences (pp. 307-313). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    35. Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., Kinzer, C., & Black, J. (2006). Insights into the emergence of convergence in group discussions. In S. Barab, K. Hay, & D. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Learning Sciences (pp. 300-306). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    36. Kinzer, C., Kapur, M., Cammack, D. W., & Lohnes, S. (2006). Assessing conceptual change in an anchored, case-based environment. In S. Barab, K. Hay, & D. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Learning Sciences (pp. 950-951). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    37. Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. (2005). Problem solving seen through the lens of complex evolutionary activity: A novel theoretical and analytical framework for analyzing problem-solving processes. In B. G. Bara, L. Barsalou, & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.), Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Conference (pp. 1096-1101). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
    38. Kapur, M., Voiklis, J., & Kinzer, C. (2005). Problem solving as a complex, evolutionary activity: A methodological framework for analyzing problem-solving processes in a computer-supported collaborative environment. Proceedings the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference (pp. 252-261). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Refereed Conference Presentations

      1. Huang, J. S., Kapur, M., & Lam, R. J. (2017). Investigating learning strategies that promote analogical transfer. Paper presented at the 4th Analogy Conference, Paris.
      2. Kapur, M. (2016). How exploratory problem-solving versus problem-posing help learning from instruction. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, USA.
      3. Jacobson, M. J., Markauskaite, L., Portolese, A., Lai, P., Kapur, M. (2016). Understanding climate change as a complex system with agent-based models: Issues in the sequencing of pedagogical structure. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC, USA.
      4. Huang, J. S., Kapur, M., & Chai, C. S. (2013). Learning innovation diffusion as a complex adaptive system – Case studies on school leaders learning through analogies. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
      5. Kapur, M., Cvencek, D., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2013). Singaporean children’s math-gender stereotypes and math self-concepts: Relation to math achievement. Paper presented at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.
      6. Kapur, M. (2010). Productive failure in learning the concept of variance. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado, USA.
      7. Kapur, M. (2010). Epistemic games in productive failure. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado, USA.
      8. Huang, J. S., & Kapur, M. (2009, June). Learning innovation diffusion as a complex phenomenon:  A pilot study using agent-based modeling coupled with learners’ embodied experience. Paper presented at the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore.
      9. Ng, S. H., & Kapur, M. (2009). Instructional design for learning of Chinese characters from a cognitive load theory perspective. Paper presented at the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore.
      10. Bielaczyc, K., & Kapur, M. (2009). Playing epistemic games: Examining core issues in knowledge building communities and productive failure. Paper presented at the Redesigning Pedagogies Conference, Singapore.
      11. Kapur, M., & Jacobson, M. J. (2009). Learning as an emergent phenomenon: Methodological implications. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
      12. Jacobson, M. J., & Kapur, M. (2009). Ontological Network Theory: Implications of Scale Free Network Topologies for Learning about Complexity and for Theories of Conceptual Change. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
      13. Kapur, M., & Kinzer, C. (2007). Sensitivities to early exchange in synchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) groups. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, USA.
      14. Kapur, M., & Kinzer, C. (2006). Interactional predictors of group performance. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, USA.
      15. Kapur, M., & Kinzer, C. (2005). The effect of problem type on collaborative problem solving in a synchronous computer-mediated environment. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

International Grants

2006-2017: Total funding received of approx S$1.5m (or US$ 1.1m) in direct costs

      1. Nov 2014 – present: Co-Investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project: Agent-based virtual learning environments for understanding science. (PI: Dr Michael Jacobson, $730K)
      2. Apr 2010: Co-Investigator on a European Union funded project: Multiple Perspectives on Multiple Representations (PI: Dr Armin Weinberger, Direct Costs: $32K)
      3. Jan 2010: Collaborator on an Australian Research Council funded project: Virtual Environments for Learning Scientific Knowledge and Inquiry Skills (PI: Dr Michael Jacobson, $600K)

Singapore-based Grants

2006-2017: Total funding received of approx. S$2.5m (or US$ 1.9m) in direct costs

      1. Jan 2015 – present: Co-Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore funded project: An Investigation of Nonlinear Pedagogy and Its Application in Singapore Schools. (Direct Costs: $250K).
      2. Jul 2014 – 2017: Principal Investigator (until Dec 2016), then Co-Pl of a Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore funded project: Translating Productive Failure in the Singapore A-level Statistics Curriculum. (Direct Costs: $550K).
      3. Jul 2012: Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore funded project: Implicit Social Cognition as a Predictor of Academic Performance. (Direct Costs: $100K)
      4. Oct 2011: Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore funded project: Building teachers’ capacity in assessment for learning of 21st century skills in mathematics. (Direct Costs: $480K).
      5. May 2011: Co-Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore funded project: STEP* for the Future: Investigating Pedagogical Change in New Approaches to Learning and Teaching in the Knowledge Age. (Direct Costs: $250K).
      6. Apr 2009: Principal Investigator of a Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore funded project: Designing for Productive Failure. (Direct Costs: $680K).
      7. Apr 2008: Principal Investigator of an MOE funded project: Integrative Phenomenological and Computational Study of the Collective Dynamics of Productive Failure in Collaborative Problem Solving. (Direct Costs: $100K)
      8. Feb 2007: Principal Investigator of a Nanyang Technological University funded project: Collective Intelligence in Wikipedia: Computational Agent-Based Modeling of Large-Scale Authorial Dynamics. (Direct Costs: $45K)
      9. Sep 2006: Principal Investigator of an MOE funded project: “Scaffold Less, Learn More”: Exploring Productive Failure in Complex, ill-structured Learning and Performance Spaces. (Direct Costs: $50K)
      10. Sep 2006: Co-Principal Investigator of an MOE funded project: Engaging Secondary School Students with the Mathematics of Change. (Direct Costs: $50K)