2015 Briefing-cum-sharing on Educational Support by Low Progress Learner Taskforce (OER)
Friday, 14 August 2015
15 July, the Low Progress Learner Taskforce from the Office of Education
Research (OER) was invited to share their research findings on low-progress
learners in Singapore at the 2015 Briefing-cum-sharing on Educational Support.
by the Education Support Branch (Ministry of Education), about 300 secondary
school teachers and administrators involved in educating Normal (Technical)
(NT) students were in attendance.
Scientist Dr Imelda Caleon presented findings from her research project “Turning
Achievement Around: Predictors of Academic Resilience of Academically At-risk
Students in Singapore”. She also conducted a demonstration-cum-sharing session
on social network analysis.
Loo Ming Yaw, Principal of Mayflower Secondary School, shared about his close
collaboration with Dr Caleon to identify students for potential intervention
efforts. The participants highlighted the importance of knowing the social
networks of students to guide their efforts in improving and leveraging on
students’ social connections.
breakout session titled “Nurturing Positivity: Positive Psychology Intervention
to Enhance Students’ Well-being, Sense of Relatedness, and Learning Outcomes”
was conducted by Research Scientists Dr Rachel Lam and Dr Jennifer Tan
Pei-Ling. Dr Li Jen-Yi, Dr Pamela Onishi and Miss Michelle Low assisted in
facilitating the workshop.
participants were introduced to applications of positive psychology along with
a gratitude-focused intervention activity that was implemented in Singapore
classrooms. Mr Sivakumar Murugaya, Head of Department (Normal Course) and Level
Head, and Mdm Surya Effendi, Allied Educator (Learning and Behavioural Support)
from Fuchun Secondary School (FSS) shared about their thoughts on the impact of
the gratitude-focused intervention.
was a beneficial session for the participants, with some indicating their
desire for more discussion on the importance of positive psychology activities
for NT students. A participant from the Academy of Singapore Teachers expressed
that “the gratitude-focused module can benefit all learners, not just
low-progress learners as everyone needs to be grateful and in the process, get
a healthy dose of positivity, which has proven to result in success”.
task force members will continue to conduct research focusing on low-progress
learners to enhance their contribution to the scholarly education community.