Siva Gopal Thaiyalan

Dr Siva Gopal Thaiyalan

Senior Lecturer

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., & Choo, L. W. (2023).
A ‘good’ neoliberal citizen: A policy analysis of conceptions of young Singaporean citizens. Policy Futures in Education (Special Issue: Considering the global-local relationship in education), 1-17.

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. (2023).
Living as citizens and learning to be citizens. In J. Wyn, H. Cahill, & H. Cuervo (Eds.), Handbook of children and youth studies. Springer.

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.

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, public education in Singapore, citizenship education, adult education and lifelong learning, service-Learning, youth studies, critical theory, visual methodology

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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