Evaluation of Implementation of IT Masterplan 3 and Its Impact on Singapore Schools - Instrumentation and Baseline Study

Project Number
OER 03/08 TSC

Project Duration
January 2009 - February 2010

Status
Completed

Abstract
This proposal focuses on the Phase I of a longitudinal study that evaluates the implementation of the IT Masterplan 3 (mp3) and its corresponding impact on over 350 Singapore schools. In August 2008, the Minister for Education launched the third MasterPlan for IT in Education (mp3). Working towards the vision ''Harnessing ICT for Future Learning'', the four goals of mp3 are (1) students possess competencies for self-directed and collaborative learning through the effective use of ICT; and (2) teachers have the capacity to tailor and deliver ICT-enabled learning experiences for students to develop these competencies; (3) School leaders provide the direction and create the conditions to harness ICT for teaching and learning; and (4) The ICT infrastructure that supports teaching and learning anywhere, anytime . As in the previous IT Masterplans, mp3 will have great impact on schools in terms of their practices in the use of ICT for education and more importantly - the practices that could adequately prepare Singapore students for the 21st century. MOE sees a critical need to conduct a longitudinal evaluation study that serves both formative and summative purposes. The formative evaluation focuses on assessing the implementation processes and achievement of intermediate milestone in schools so that evidence-based advice could be given to both schools and the policymaker. The summative evaluation will provide evidence for the overall achievement, values and worth of the mp3 as well as recommendations for the future masterplans. This Phase I study is critical for the longitudinal evaluation study as it focuses on constructing and validating the instruments with key stakeholders and collection of baseline information. The key stakeholders include researchers and teacher educators from NIE, MOE officers, school teachers and students. The instruments include survey questionnaires for school leaders, teachers and students that assess (1) the ICT leadership in schools; (2) the use of technology for education; (3) the perception on the extent of ICT-based self-directed learning and collaborative learning. Stratified random sampling will be used to obtain representative portion of the students' and teachers' population for this study. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmative factor analysis will be used to establish the reliability and validity of the instruments. Once the survey instruments are validated, baseline information will be collected from schools to represent the initiate states in schools. Changes relative to this baseline will provide evidence to the extent of achievement of the mp3 goals. In addition to survey, (1) classroom observation will be conducted to provide additional source of information on the enacted practices in schools. Classroom observation coding schemes will be developed to facilitate data collection; (2) Focus group interviews will be conducted to obtain feedback from teachers and students. The data should yield information on the ''whys'' and ''hows'' and the affective aspects of teachers' and students' reaction to mp3; and (3) Progress report templates will be developed for schools to provide key data on their progress in the implementation of mp3.

Funding Source
NIE

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