Li-Ching Ho

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Personal Biography

Li-Ching graduated with a Ph.D. in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on three interrelated lines of inquiry: differentiated access to citizenship education, global issues of diversity in civic education, and environmental citizenship. She has published numerous articles in journals such as the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Theory and Research in Social Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Li-Ching was the recipient of the 2016 Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award and the 2013 CUFA Early Career Research Award. She currently serves on the editorial boards of two journals, including Theory and Research in Social Education and The Social Studies. She is also a founding member and current President of the Singapore Association for Social Studies Education.


Ph D, Social Studies Education
Teachers College, Columbia University

MA, Southeast Asian Studies
National University of Singapore

BS, International Relations
London School of Economics



Research Interests

Democratic and multicultural citizenship education, Environmental citizenship education

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 2013-2014 - Amount: $4,500.00, "Teaching Controversial Issues In Geography: Climate Change Education In Singapore Schools," Awarded By: National Institute of Education, Sponsor Type: Other, Tricia Seow; Li-Ching Ho.
  • 2011-2013 - Amount: $129,230.00, "Singapore Teachers' Perceptions Of Diversity And Multicultural Education," Awarded By: Singapore Ministry of Education, Sponsor Type: Other, Li-Ching Ho; Theresa Alviar-Martin.


  • Ho, L. (in press). ‘Freedom can only exist in an ordered state’: Harmony and civic education in Singapore. Journal of Curriculum Studies.
  • Ho, L. (in press). Social harmony and diversity: The affordances and constraints of harmony as an educational goal. Teachers College Record.
  • Seow, T., & Ho, L. (in press). Singapore teachers’ beliefs about the purpose of climate change education and student readiness to handle controversy. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education.
  • Ho, L., & Seow, T. (2015). Teaching controversial issues in geography: Climate change education in Singapore schools. Theory and Research in Social Education. 43(3), 314-344.
  • Ho, L. (2014). Meritocracy, tracking and elitism: Differentiated citizenship education in the United States and Singapore. The Social Studies. 105(1), 29-35.
  • Leviste, E., & Ho, L. (2014). Academic differentiation and the teaching of controversial topics in Singapore social studies classrooms. In Misco, T., & de Groof, J. (Eds.), Case studies in controversial issues. Netherlands, Netherlands: Wolf Publishers.
  • Ho, L., Alviar-Martin, T., & Leviste, E. (2014). There is space and there are limits”: The challenge of teaching controversial topics in an illberal democracy. Teachers College Record. 116, 1-28.
  • Ho, L., & Baildon, M. (2013). Geographies of online spaces and intercultural education. Intercultural Education. 24, 327-340.
  • Ho, L. (2013). National and global citizenship education: Case studies from two Singapore social studies classrooms. In Deng, Z., Gopinathan, S., & Lee, C. (Eds.), Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy to Classroom. Singapore, Singapore: Springer.
  • Ho, L., & Seow, T. (2013). Teaching geography through “Chinatowns”: Global connections and local spaces. Social Education. 77(1), 36-42.
  • Ho, L. (2012). Sorting citizens: Differentiated citizenship education in Singapore. Journal of Curriculum Studies. 44, 403-428.
  • Alviar-Martin, T., Ho, L., Sim, J., & Yap, P. (2012). The ecologies of civic competence: Students' perceptions from one Singapore school. Asia-Pacific Journal of Education. 32, 473-488.
  • Ho, L., Alviar-Martin, T., Sim, J., & Yap, P. (2011). Civic disparities: Exploring students’ perceptions of citizenship within Singapore’s academic tracks. Theory and Research in Social Education. 39, 203-237.
  • Ho, L. (2011). Global multicultural citizenship education in Singapore. Multicultural Education Review. 3(1), 25-44.
  • Ho, L., Sim, J., & Alviar-Martin, T. (2011). Interrogating differentiated citizenship education: Students' perceptions of democracy, rights, and governance in two Singapore schools. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. 6, 265-276.
  • Alviar-Martin, T., & Ho, L. (2011). So, where do they fit in?” Teachers’ perspectives of multi-cultural education and diversity in Singapore. Teaching and Teacher Education. 27, 127-135.
  • Ho, L. (2010). "Don't worry, I'm not going to report you": Education for citizenship in Singapore. Theory and Research in Social Education. 38, 298-316.
  • Ho, L. (2010). Between self and state: Singapore social studies teachers’ perspectives of diversity. Journal of International Social Studies. 1, 20-33.
  • Sim, J., & Ho, L. (2010). Transmitting national values through social studies: A Singapore case study. In Lovat, T., & Toomey, R. (Eds.), International handbook on values education and student well-being. Springer.
  • Ho, L. (2009). Global multicultural education: A Singapore experience. The Social Studies. 100, 285-293.

Public Service

  • Journal of Social Studies Research Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Board Member.

  • The Social Studies Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Board Member.

  • Humanities and Social Studies Education Online
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - 2014
  • Editor, Journal Editor. Period of Service: 2012 - 2014

  • Singapore Association for Social Studies Education
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - Pres.
  • President. Period of Service: 2011 - Pres.

  • Theory and Research in Social Education Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.
  • Board Member.

Public Service

  • Academy of Singapore Teachers Social Studies Chapter
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2014

  • Singapore Ministry of Education Resource Development Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2013

  • Singapore Ministry of Education Secondary Social Studies Syllabus Development Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2012

  • Singapore Ministry of Education Secondary Social Studies Syllabus Review Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Early Career Research Award
    Organization: College University and Faculty Association, National Council of Social Studies
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: International
    Date(s): 2013
  • National Institute of Education Teaching Excellence Award
    Organization: National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
    Purpose: Teaching
    Date(s): 2013
  • Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship
    Organization: National Institute of Education, Singapore
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2004 - 2008
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