S$10m fund for research on innovative teaching and learning announced

S$10m fund for research on innovative teaching and learning announced

Date
Thursday, 04 December 2014

Media Type
Channel NewsAsia (Online)

SINGAPORE: A S$10 million Tertiary Education Research Fund will be set up for research on innovative teaching and learning in Singapore's polytechnics, Institutes of Technical Education (ITE) and universities.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat announced this on Thursday (Dec 4) as he launched a conference on higher learning at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

He said funds will be available on a competitive basis to all researchers in institutes of higher learning, and the scheme aims to encourage these institutes to innovate and undertake rigorous research.

With the new fund, Mr Heng said MOE will be promoting innovation and research on teaching and learning across all levels of education – from pre-primary to tertiary.

REALISING SINGAPOREANS' POTENTIAL

Mr Heng said innovation in education is critical to help Singaporeans realise their potential and so there must be the drive to find better ways to help people learn.

He added: "By learning about learning, by trying new ways, by rigorous evaluation and integrating promising approaches into a coherent whole, we can make meaningful education innovation. In that way, our students can get the best possible education from preschool and tertiary levels."

While education innovation can be challenging, there can be breakthroughs if done right, Mr Heng said. Some possible practices to follow to spur such breakthroughs include staying open to new technologies and integrating good practices and research findings into effective and coherent pedagogies.

For instance, the National Institute of Education (NIE) is working on a project on improving the working memory capacity of children in Learning Support programmes. Early results have been promising, the minister noted.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia (Online), sph