NIE NTU LAUNCHES NEW RESEARCH CENTRE AND MASTER’S PROGRAMME TO UNDERSTAND AND SUPPORT HUMAN CAPACITY THROUGH THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING IN EDUCATION
The newly established Science of Learning in Education Centre and Master of Science (Science of Learning) programme will afford both the means and the theoretical foundation to conduct high quality research that can develop thought leaders and innovators in learning.
The Science of Learning in Education Centre (SoLEC) is the latest research centre to be established at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE NTU). The Centre opening will be officiated by Mr Lai Chung Han, Permanent Secretary (Education), Ministry of Education and Chairman of NIE Council on 24 March 2021, by the unveiling of a plaque together with Professor Christine Goh, NIE Director, NTU.
This is an initiative by NIE NTU to establish an institution-wide infrastructure for researchers and teachers to come together and make an impact on the lives of learners in Singapore.
“It is a strategic and timely endeavour aligned with both Singapore’s RIE2025 Health and Human Potential thrusts and NTU2025’s initiative in harnessing the science, art and technology of learning,” says Professor Goh
The Centre houses an experimental classroom together with neuroscience testing equipment for research into classroom instruction and learning-related studies. It will complement NIE’s existing education research with state-of-the-art brain imaging, physiological data capture technologies, and modelling techniques to synthesise research investigations and findings across different disciplines.
By combining the understandings of neuroscience with education, research can be translated into strong pedagogical designs that can work for all students.
“With SoLEC, we now have the opportunity to understand and optimise the human learning capacity of all our students, especially those with learning difficulties. This human learning capacity is important to enable all our students to be lifelong learners,” says Professor David Hung, Centre Director of SoLEC, and Dean of Education Research, NIE NTU.
Aligned with NIE’s strength in science of learning in education, a new programme has also been launched alongside the Centre. The Master of Science (Science of Learning) with an NTU MiniMasters™ in Mind, Brain and Education will contribute to NTU’s Science of Learning leadership in Singapore and the region. Through interdisciplinary experiences in neuroscience, biology, computer science, engineering and education, students in the programme will have excellent opportunities to design progressive learning solutions and new experiences to meet Singapore’s smart and future-ready workforce.