NIE has built up substantial research capacity that is of great value to Singapore education. It has laid a strong foundation for educational research that has attracted international attention.
NIE has in place a Strategic Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) Programme that will enable it to conduct research and implement sustainable pedagogical and organisational innovations that will have long-lasting positive impact on policy formulation, and pedagogical and organisational practices in Singapore. It adopts an integrated whole-of-NIE approach to research planning, funding, programme development, management and co-ordination and outlines its research agenda under three different strands;
- Strategic Educational Research and Development Programme (RDP) which considers components and topics of interest to the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the educational research fraternity;
- School-based Innovation Programme (InP) which encompasses research into the innovations and interventions that were designed to address the gaps and challenges or build on the strengths of the Singapore education system; and
- Specific Research Programme (SRP) where academic staff have the freedom to compete for funding to study any aspect of the educational research that is of interest to them.
The strategic initiatives for research will help ensure that research at NIE is elevated in its standards, broadened in its scope, and heightened in its relevance and impact on actual teaching practice.