Dr Sa’eda binte Buang, a Senior Lecturer, has joined the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, NIE since 1 July 2001.
Dr Sa’eda’s research interest in literacy and alternative assessments has led to her involvement in the CRPP Core Panel 5 Mother Tongue Scoring Exercise in 2005 as one of its facilitators. The work involved assessing the intellectual quality of Malay Language tasks—either by teachers or students. It is her keen interest to instil ‘deep learning’ through quality tasks/assessments. In 2005 she was appointed by the MOE to serve as a resource person for the Testing and Assessments, Malay Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee. Sa’eda was invited by the Malay CPDD, MOE to conduct workshops on The Implementation of Open Book Examination in Malay Literature for Junior college teachers on 20 March 2007 & 9 May 2007. The workshops provided the first ever practical guide for Malay language teachers and CPDD officers in the preparation for Open Book Examination that was introduced in that year. Her professional contributions also include serving as consultants for schools and educational institutions in the areas of alternative assessments and teaching pedagogy.
Dr Sa’eda has served as Higher Degree Internal and External Examiner for a number of universities. She was the guest editor for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education's special issue on Muslim Education—Challenges, Opportunities and Beyond (2007), and a Reviewer for numerous internationally refereed journals. She has also published several academic papers in leading international peer-reviewed journals and been invited to contribute chapters in edited books by established publishers from USA, the Netherlands and UK. She is currently a co-editor for the MLC/ALC’s e-Utama, an electronic academic journal.