Khaw Ean Choon

Mrs. Khaw Choon Ean is an honours graduate of Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang majoring in Humanities with Education (1974-77) and has also attended a graduate programme (M.Ed) in Curriculum Development in Universiti Malaya (1993-1994).

Her educational background includes 12 years as a teacher in secondary schools (1977-1988) and 14 years in the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC), Ministry of Education, Malaysia (1989-2003), working initially in the Physical Education and Health Education Unit (1989-1992) and in later years, heading the Educational Technology Unit (1995-1997) as well as in her last appointment, she was made Head of Special Projects, CDC (1997-2003).

In her work as a curriculum planner and project manager (1989-2003) she has been involved in educational work and has amassed immense experience in fields involving movement education (1989-1992), thinking skills/TOC (1996-99; 2000-2003), Multiple Intelligences (1990; 2001-2003), smart schools (1995-1998), transition programmes (2000-2003), preschool curriculum (1997-1999), futures studies (1996-2000), indigenous people’s education (1997-2003), differentiated instruction (2002-2003) and changing trends and innovation in teaching and learning (1997-2003), sometimes working with other divisions of the Ministry of Education and universities, as well as agencies such as the British Council, UNICEF, World Futures Studies Federation and TOCFE, Inc.

Futures Studies (Consolation Prize, 1998), Thinking Skills (2nd place, 2001) and Transition Programme with TOC(1st place, 2000) are several projects under Mrs.Khaw that have won the Annual Innovation Award by the Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of Education.

Mrs.Khaw was trained as a trainer of trainers at College St.Marks and St.John in Plymouth, England, under World Bank in 1996. In 2000, she underwent training as a TOCFE facilitator by TOCFE, Inc. at a course in Monterrey, Mexico. In the last few years since 2000, she has introduced the development of the use of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) for Education in all Year One classrooms in the Transition Programme in Malaysia as well as in teaching and learning of Social Science subjects in primary and secondary schools.

She has attended all annual international upgrade conferences for TOCFE in Mexico, United States of America and United Kingdom as a speaker or facilitator since 2000. Since her retirement from the Ministry of Education in June 2003, Mrs.Khaw is taking an active interest in the development of TOCFE in Malaysia and Asia as a speaker, resource person and course facilitator and as the honorary TOCFE Director for Asia. She has given TOCFE Workshops in Thailand, Singapore, Korea and Mexico. She was a writer for the educational supplements in New Straits Times for TOC in schools from January to May 2004. She has also worked as International Signature Programme Project Coordinator for Volunteerism for World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (London) from May 2004 to May 2005.

Mrs.Khaw has won many personal awards in the course of her educational and sports career among which are being the recipient of the inaugural Tunku Ismail Jewa Gold Medal for top academic excellence in Universiti Sains Malaysia (1974-77); Outstanding Service to Sports by the Selangor State Education Department (1988), MILO South East Asian Award (1994) by Mayor of Phillipines for contribution to Sports in S.E.Asia, PJK title award by the Sultan of Selangor (1995), Outstanding Service Award by the Ministry of Education (2001)and the inaugural recipient of the Malaysian Olympian Women and Sports Award in 2003 and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Woman Of Achievement Diploma Award in 2004. She has also served as a Technical Delegate and on the Jury Panel at several international sports events with the National Rhythmic Gymnastics team including SEA Games (1989, 1992, 1995, 1998), Asian Games (1994), Commonwealth Games (1998), Four Continents Championships (1982, 1993, 1996) and World Championships (1996, 1998). She has also illustrated comic strips (1975-1980) in Saturday Weekly, Straits Echo, Junior Malay Mail, Utusan Konsumer, Berita Shell, MAS Wings of Gold (1989) and is also a published short-story writer in creative writing (pen-name Cean) and Thinking Smart (Pelanduk 2005, Dongyang Books 2006 Korean version). She has won several national and international literary awards in this field (1969-1985). In July 2006 she won an award in the Utusan National Literary Awards for the category of Young Adults Novel with her work Nine Lives which will be published end of 2006.

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