Research Assistant (Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group) [Flow & Engagement_JW]

  • The National Institute of Education invites suitable applications for the position of Research Assistant on a 24-month contract at the Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group

    Project Title:
    The Artground Experiment: Examining Engagement, Learning and Flow in a Purpose-Built Children's Arts Centre

    Project Introduction:
    This project aims to examine the development of The Artground (, a new children’s arts centre in Singapore. The purpose of the research study is to examine: i) The Artground’s arts program provisions for engagement and learning for young children; ii) purposes and functions as seen through the eyes of children, caregivers and other stakeholders of the physical spaces of The Artground through changing interactive art installations; and iii) children’s flow experiences as they engage with the programs and physical spaces of The Artground.

    This mixed-methods study (primarily qualitative) includes: i) multiple field observations of a variety of programs/workshops at The Artground; ii) field observations of children interacting with the art-installations within The Artground; iii) interviews with artists, Artground staff, children, caregivers and other key stakeholders; iv) surveys for children and caregivers who attend programs/workshops and/or interact with physical spaces of The Artground; and v) self-report measures of participant enjoyment based on flow theory.

    • A Bachelor’s degree (preferably in the area of Arts, Social Sciences)
    • Experience in conducting literature reviews and writing research articles
    • Experience in conducting fieldwork: interview, observation etc
    • Passionate about Early Childhood Arts education in Singapore
    • Experience in communicating and interacting with young children (including infants) and parents is preferred 
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent project management and organizational skills
    • Able to work independently and in a team
    • Conducting qualitative research such as interviews and field work according to the programme schedules of the Artsground
    • Assisting in the coding and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data (knowledge of using SPSS or NVivo is an advantage)
    • Experience or Knowledge of Flow theory is an advantage
    • Assisting in the preparation of publication, research reports, presentations and other related work
    • Preparing research materials such as writing literature reviews
    • Liaising with the Artsground team
    • Project management and liaising with other relevant departments in NIE
    • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Principal Investigators
  • Applicants should complete and submit the following item/s:

    • Application form for Research Positions
    • Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of this position
    • Supporting documents as stated on the job application form
    • Other documents to support your qualifications

    Please send your application to:
    Ms Samantha Vu
    UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)
    Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Tel: (65) 6219 6084

    **We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified**

  • 25 April 2018
  • NIE staff can take chartered buses at their own expense from or near their homes to the NIE campus. This is subject to availability of seats.