Research Associate (Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group) [ERFP Project ID 34176]

  • The National Institute of Education invites suitable applications for the position of Research Associate on a 4-month contract at 50% part-time employment basis at the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group

    Project Title: Teachers as Adult Learners: Effecting Professional Development and Teacher Changes in Primary Chinese Language Teaching and Learning through Variation Theory and Multi-dimensional Reflective Dialogue 

    Project Introduction: This study uses Variation Theory-Multiple Perspectival Reflective Dialogue (VT-MPR dialogue) as a systematic strategy to discern aspects of cognitive dissonance (CD) experienced by Chinese language (CL) teachers when implementing the new primary CL instructional materials (IM) rolled out in 2015.

    These IM call for new strategies in CL teaching, learning and assessment in response to the changing language environment and profile of young learners. Through the lens of CD, the study aims to foster teachers’ self-awareness and articulation of their conceptual and knowledge gaps in assimilation of these new strategies during implementation of the new curriculum.

    Riding on teachers’ awareness of their CD in curriculum implementation, the study aims to develop a model for teacher professional development (PD) premised on VT-MPR dialogue. This would involve teachers and teacher experts engaging in dialogue that brings about review and reflection in areas such as their efficacy beliefs, contextual constraints and conceptual understanding; and thereafter, to develop courses of action to scaffold and support teachers’ PD with the eventual aim of bringing about epistemic change in teachers towards CL pedagogy that can result in more effectively learning by students (as called for by the new IM).

    • Master’s and/or Bachelor’s or degree with honours in a relevant discipline (i.e. Chinese, Education, Educational Psychology, English, Psychology or relevant field)
    • Research experience with or knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative educational studies
    • Minimum 4 years of research work experience
    • Prior experience in doing educational research would be an advantage
    • The ability in using software for data analysis (i.e. Microsoft Office, SPSS, NVIVO, etc.)
    • Able to work independently, and lead/facilitate projects with minimal supervision 
    • Strong interpersonal skills, writing and communication skills bilingually (i.e. Chinese and English Language) as the role involves the transcription, arrangement and analysis of data in Chinese Language
    • Collect and analyze relevant data, and write reports and other publications, etc.
    • Perform recording, transcription, arrangement and analysis of data
    • Conduct research in consultation with Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator
    • Undertake administrative duties related to the project
    • Contribute to academic publication and presentation
    • Other relevant tasks assigned by the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator
  • 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:
    Associate Professor Aw Guat Poh
    Assistant Head of Chinese Division and Principal Investigator
    Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Tel: (65) 6790 3558
    Fax: (65) 6896 9033

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

  • 27 April 2018
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