First Cluster Roadshow by Office of Education Research
Friday, 06 February 2015
To pave the way for more research
collaborations between NIE and Singapore schools, the Office of Education (OER)
embarked on its first Cluster Roadshow on 22 January 2015 at Catholic Junior
The objective was to initiate dialogue
about learning and teaching needs with the audience, made up of 40 principals
and vice-principals of schools in the S5 Cluster, and the Cluster
Superintendent, Mr Ong Kong Hong.
OER wishes to work with the schools to
identify their most pressing needs and find the right people and ways to
partner them for research and development (R&D) work.
During the roadshow, Professor David Hung,
Associate Dean of OER, and Mr Paul Chua, an OER Senior Teaching Fellow, introduced
the research expertise available in NIE and explained how schools might benefit
from research collaborations.
They also showcased four intervention
projects implemented successfully in schools, such as use of the Critical Web
Reader, an online tool that supports inquiry-based learning in Social
The audience was positive about the
roadshow and suggested some areas that researchers may want to explore. “We
found the video about the intervention projects informative and it got my
principals and vice-principals excited about taking up the opportunity to
collaborate with NIE,” says Mr Ong.
Prof Hung and Paul are glad to see that
schools are receptive to working with NIE. “We will follow up by identifying an educationally meaningful area of
need and collaboratively work with the cluster,” says