The Development of a Framework for the Effective Translation of Educational Research into Sustained Practice in Singapore

Project Number
OER 13/10 LYT

Project Duration
May 2011 - September 2013


Since 2009, research to practice translation has emerged to become an increasingly important agenda for the MOE and the NIE. At NIE, the first funding cycle yielded the fruition of many design-based research projects. These projects have been demonstrably successful in their original schools of implementation, and therefore it would be of benefit to policy-makers and grant-funding agencies to understand how the deliverables from these projects might be translated into wider practice in a diversity of educational settings relevant to the Singapore context. However, the original design-for-dissemination has become less adequate in fostering research-to-practice translation. This research project is therefore timely to address this research need. This project will be grounded in current understandings from translation science and innovation-diffusion literature. The project seeks to understand the nature of translation and develop preliminary design principles in fostering the translation process. The central focus of this research study is to develop a robust framework for understanding how the outcomes and programmes arising from researcher-driven interventions may be extended and scaled into wider practitioner-driven enactments, in the context of the education system in Singapore. The project will contribute significantly to the as-yet nascent body of literature, and will represent one of the earliest examples of theoretically informed translation efforts not originating from the health sciences, but from education and the learning sciences. Through the outworking of this project, it is envisaged that a series of design principles would be derived which would be generally applicable to a variety of subsequent research-practice translation efforts, be they researcher-driven or practitioner-led. This is of great relevance to NIE's strategic directions because it will chart an empirically-informed roadmap for subsequent research endeavours to be developed with structures for extension and scaling explicitly in-built right from the early design stage, rather than as an afterthought. In this way, funding agencies and policy-makers can be more assured how funded projects would add value to a diversity of schooling and educational contexts beyond the original test-beds. The theoretical framework emerged from this project can be subsequently be leveraged by successful existing projects, both from the NIE and the MOE, resulting in robust and flexible paths for the translation of research into practice.

Research Themes
Scaling & Translation

Funding Source

Related Links
ReEd Vol 14 (2014): Transforming Research into Popular Practice
NIE Research Brief Series No. 13-008: The Development of a Framework for the Effective translation of Educational Research into Sustained Practice in Singapore

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