Senior Lecturer

Head, Education - CRCD

Centre for Research in Child Development, Psychology and Child & Human Development (PCHD)

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BA, MSc (Child Development & Early Childhood Education), EdD


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Research Interests
Assessment for young children, Children’s computer habits & behaviours, Multiculturalism diversity & social justice in early childhood, Pre-school teacher’s beliefs & practices, Quality of infant/child care and education programs, Teacher/Parent-child interactions in early childhood settings

  • Dr Karuppiah Nirmala (a.k.a. Nirmala Segaran) is the Head, Education, Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD), OER, National Institute of Education. She has served several years in the field of early childhood education, holding various positions including lecturer, practicum supervisor, curriculum consultant and research advisor. She also serves in various governmental and non-governmental Advisory Committees related to early childhood matters.  Her areas of research interests include teacher-child interactions, children’s use of screen devices’, and diversity and social justice. She has conducted talks for parents and workshops for teachers as well as published books and CD-ROMs for teachers, parents and children. She has also presented at several local and international conferences, and published articles in local media and international journals. Her work experience spans several countries including Australia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.