Siva Gopal Thaiyalan

Dr Siva Gopal Thaiyalan

Head, Adult Learning Programme

S R Nathan School of Human Development

Tel: +65 6240 8845

Email: c2l2YWdvcGFsQHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn

Educational Qualifications

  • 2016 - 2020

    Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    Thesis titled "Citizenship imaginations: An exploration of young Singaporeans' active citizenship"

  • 2011 - 2012

    Master of Education (Youth Development Leadership), University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), USA

  • 2003 - 2005

    Bachelor of Science (Physical Education & Sports Science, Social Studies) (Honours), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 2001 - 2003

    Diploma in Education (Physical Education and Mathematics), National Institute of Education, Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2017

    Research Associate, National Institute of Education, Singapore

  • 2015 - 2016

    Leadership Fellow, Asia Pacific Leadership Programme, East-West Center, Hawaii, USA

  • 2014

    Head (Values in Action & Partnerships), Ministry of Education, Singapore

  • 2012 - 2013

    Senior Curriculum Specialist (Character & Citizenship Education), Ministry of Education, Singapore

  • 2008 - 2011

    Curriculum Specialist (Character Development), Ministry of Education, Singapore

  • 2006 - 2007

    Head of Department for Physical Education & Co-Curricular Activities (Covering), Ministry of Education, Singapore

  • 2005 - 2006

    Teacher (Physical Education & Mathematics), Ministry of Education, Singapore

PhD Thesis:

Thaiyalan, S. G. (2020)
Citizenship Imaginations: An exploration of young Singaporeans' active citizenship. (Doctor of Philosophy). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Retrieved from


Thaiyalan, S. G. (2020).
Towards and education for active citizenship in Singapore. In A. Peterson, G. Stahl, & H. Soong (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of citizenship and education (pp. 1–23). Springer.

Tan, A.-G., D'Rozario, V., Tan, V., Victor, A. M., Yeo, K. S., Akhilandeswari, . . . Thaiyalan, S. G. (2009)
International service-learning experiences: A perspective from character strength and positive affect. In K. C. Goh, V. D'Rozario, T. H. A. Ch'ng, & H. M. Cheah (Eds.), Character development through service and experiential learning (pp. 126-139). Singapore: Prentice Hall.

Book Chapters:

Thaiyalan, S. G. (2010)
A letter from Siva Treks, tracks and trails: Ventures and adventures abroad in the spirit of service learning (pp. v-xiii). Singapore: Office of Teacher Education, National Institute of Education.

Book Reviews:

Thaiyalan, S. G. (2018).
Book review: Teaching social studies for critical, active citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand, Michael Harcourt, Andrea Milligan and Bronwyn Wood (2016). Citizenship Teaching & Learning, 13(1), 151-157. doi:10.1386/ctl.13.1.151_5

  • 2016 - Present
    East-West Center Singapore Chapter
  • 2018
    21st Century Outstanding Service Award, East-West Center (EWC) Association, Hawaii, USA

  • 2016
    Victoria Doctoral Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

  • 2015
    Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow, East West Center, Hawaii, USA

  • 2010
    Post-Graduate Scholarship Award, Ministry of Education Singapore

  • 2005
    Nanyang Alumni Award – Service Award, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 2005
    Nanyang Award - Humanity (Team), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 2003
    Rotary International 75th Anniversary Gold Medal Award, Rotary Singapore

Service-learning, international service-learning, youth development, youth leadership, character & citizenship education.

Educational philosophy, futures of education, citizenship education, youth studies, adult education and lifelong learning, critical theory and visual methodologies.

Thaiyalan, S. G. (2019, June)
An exploration of young Singaporeans’ lived citizenship through Photovoice – Lessons for citizenship education and service-learning. Resource sharing workshop presented at the The 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

Thaiyalan, S. G. (2015, May)
Values in action: A pedagogy of empowerment for students to take ownership in contributing to community and being socially responsible. Paper presented at the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning: Love Journey: Community Engagement through ServiceLearning, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.

Shumer, R., Giles, D., Thaiyalan, S. G., & Ma, H. K. C. (2013, June).
A dialogue between service-learning elders and young leaders. Paper presented at the 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on ServiceLearning: Service-Learning as a Bridge from Local to Global: Connected world, Connected future, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China.

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