OER Hosts Professor Peter Freebody

OER Hosts Professor Peter Freebody

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Office of Education Research (OER) was privileged to host Professor Peter Freebody, Honorary Professor from the University of Sydney, from 26 to 29 March 2018.

As part of his visit, Prof Freebody held a public lecture titled “Some Features of High Impact Research: Targeted, Programmatic, Long-view” on 27 March 2018.

Audience listening to Prof Freebody's lecture

During the lecture, which was attended by participants from MOE and NIE, Prof Freebody spoke about the contributions from educational research and the importance of partnerships between researchers, policymakers and school leaders in enabling research to positively impact education. He also highlighted the relationship between qualitative and quantitative research and the challenges facing reform in centralized educational jurisdictions. According to Prof Freebody, a programmatic research in education needs to attend to the realities that connect research with policy and practice and act as pointers to collaborations and objects of rigorous inquiry.

Prof Freebody speaking to the audience

Group photo with A/P Tan Aik Ling and Dr Jennifer Tan

During his visit here, Prof Freebody also conducted grant writing workshops for researchers from the CORE, Teacher Professionalism and Learning (TPAL) and the Learning Sciences and Innovation (LSI) teams as well as those from the Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD).

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Researchers engaging in dialogue with Prof Freebody

Presentation of research ideas by TPAL researchers Dr Lee Shu Shing and Mr Tay Lee Yong

Prof Freebody’s visit concluded with a “Meta Cross Mapping” Research Exercise on 29 March. During this session, Prof Freebody and researchers from the CORE, TPAL, LSI and CRCD teams came together to brainstorm ideas for future research studies. At the end of the session, Prof Freebody emphasized the need to consider the alignment between curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and understand the interplay between different research methods.