NIE Awarded Science of Learning Visiting Investigatorship Grant from National Research Foundation

NIE Awarded Science of Learning Visiting Investigatorship Grant from National Research Foundation

Friday, 06 January 2017

The National Institute of Education (NIE) has been awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF) Science of Learning Visiting Investigatorship (VIP) Grant of S$4.5 million over 5 years for the project “Optimising Pre-schoolers’ Working Memory and Numerical Processing Capabilities”.

The Science of Learning Initiative aims to strengthen Singapore’s research capabilities by developing a science-based understanding of the effectiveness of Singapore’s education methods, as well as new methods to realize better learning outcomes. The VIP Grant supports activities to strengthen interdisciplinary research in Singapore by tapping on world renowned experts as Visiting Investigators (VIs) to develop capabilities and groom local talent in the field of Science of Learning.

Visiting Professor Daniel Ansari from The University of Western Ontario, Department of Psychology & Brain and Mind Institute, Faculty of Education, will work together with Local Lead Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Kerry Lee, Associate Dean (Science of Learning), NIE in spearheading this project.  It will commence in 2017 and is targeted for completion in 2022.


A/P Kerry Lee, Associate Dean (Science of Learning)

This project stems from findings that children with higher mathematics scores at 7 years of age tend to command a higher salary as adults and experience better psychological and health outcomes. The primary research objective of this project is to study the factors that contribute to early mathematics proficiency and to formulate techniques to build solid foundations for early mathematics learning. This main research objective is further sub-classified systematically into a series of three interconnected projects, using a range of methodology like behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, cross-sequential longitudinal design and randomized controlled design to fulfill the primary objective.

By implementing this multi-faceted and collaborative approach, the project aims to distinguish itself from others across the globe and be internationally competitive.