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  • Centre for Research in Pedagogy & Practice (CRPP)
    logo-crppThe Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice was established in 2003 by the National Institute of Education and funded by the Ministry of Education to be an education research centre of excellence in pedagogy and practice.




    Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD)

    The Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD) was established in 2017 with funding from the MOE, Singapore. CRCD will conduct studies focusing on factors that influence the course of development from early to middle childhood, and what it takes for the Singapore child to develop optimally. The key areas of research include children's development of linguistic and mathematical skills, executive and self-regulatory abilities, social-emotional skills, exceptional development and special needs, and intervention and translational science. A cornerstone of the centre is a cross-sequential longitudinal study that tracks children’s development across different cohorts. CRCD aims to have, in due course, population representative data on Singapore children's development, locally validated diagnostic and research instruments, findings on the efficacy of existing interventions as well as novel interventions for children with poor cognitive or socio-emotional skills and sustained difficulties in language acquisition and mathematics.


    Learning Sciences Lab (LSL)

    logo-lsl Learning Sciences Lab (LSL) explores learning and teaching wherever the action is. Our central goal is to involve children and adults in creating opportunities to make learning not only possible but available and better.

  • Over the next five years (FY2018-2022), the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP) will continue to build on the work that has been undertaken in the previous three cycles of education funding by strengthening the foundation (in terms of knowledge, capability and structure) for education research, developing innovations in existing and emerging niche research areas, and growing hubs of research excellence.

    NIE's ERFP for 2018-2022 is developed in line with recommendations made by the Committee of the Future Economy and builds on the Thinking Schools, Learning Nation and Teach Less, Learn More policy initiatives. Over the past year, besides horizon scanning, consolidation of research project findings, and strategic planning to meet future needs, OER had also met and consulted key education stakeholders in MOE, schools, and both international and local experts. The result is a proposed ERFP that will both strengthen NIE's international standing as an education research institute of distinction and support Singapore's education system in providing "Research-informed Education for Future-ready Learners."

    The "future-ready learners' agenda" therefore encompasses the Four-Life Learning aspects that will prepare learners to cope in a world associated with "Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity." These are a) Life-long learning; b) Life-deep learning; c) Life-wide learning; and d) Life-wise learning. At the centre of these Four-Life Learning aspects is the learner's social emotional regulation and well-being. By emphasizing these four learning aspects, the "future-ready learner's agenda" shifts the pedagogical emphasis from preparing for performance (in high-stakes assessments) to preparing for life through purposeful learning.

    The Four-Life Learning aspects align closely and systematically with three key policy imperatives:

    1. The Joy of Learning can be seen to be about developing life-long learning dispositions, life-deep learning expertise, and life-wide interests;
    2. Entrepreneurial Dare can be seen to be about life-deep expertise and mastery, life-wide boundary crossing;
    3. Social cohesion can be seen to be about life-wise virtues, life-long character dispositions, and life-wide cultural appreciation
     4 life stages diagram NEW

    Joy of Learning:            Life-long learning dispositions, Life-deep learning expertise, Life-wide interests
    Entrepreneurial Dare:   Life-deep expertise and mastery, Life-wide boundary crossing              
    Social Cohesion:          Life-wise virtues, Life-long character dispositions, Life-wide cultural appreciation

    To meet our aspiration to provide the basis for "research-informed education", NIE's "future-ready" research agenda focuses on supporting the Singapore education system to develop future-ready learners and teachers, and aims to inform policy formulation and build on the best of contemporary educational practice with the challenges of the future in view.

    From the teacher's perspective, the research needs to enhance and inform teacher education, effective teaching and learning, new pedagogies, educational change, and teacher professionalism/values. The Singapore Teaching Practice (STP) will be a key feature on the research agenda.

    From the students' perspective, the research needs to examine student learning across the four learning aspects of life-long, life-deep, life-wide, and life-wise for purposeful learning.

    From the policy makers' perspective, the research needs to inform decisions relating to the instructional core situated in the broader learning contexts.

    The future-ready learners' agenda is operationalized into five (5) priority areas of research (PARs) for the 4th ERFP, which are aligned with the long-term strategic research themes identified by MOE. These are:

    a.  
    Schools, Leadership and System Studies
    b.  
    Teacher Professionalism and Learning
    c.  
    Learning Sciences and Innovation
    d.  
    21st CC and Motivation (with focus on resilience, values, character development
         and well-being)
    e.  
    Cognitive, Emotional and Social Development

    These 5 PARS include research that can also be conducted in domain-specific areas like literacy, mathematics, science, humanities as well as areas such as STP, early childhood, bilingualism and low progress learners.



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  • Types of Grants

    NIE applicants may apply for the following sources of funding.  Applicants from the Institutes of Higher Learning and the Academies (e.g., NUS, AST) can also apply (2 – 4 only):

    The ERFP funds research focused on efforts to design, develop and implement strategic, evidence-based, theoretically-warranted, collaborative, scientifically rigorous and outcomes-focused innovations in schools and classrooms.

    eduLab is an MOE-NIE initiative designed to surface and spread ground-up IDM-enriched pedagogical innovations. 

    The SUG funds projects that aim at developing research within the NIE Academic Groups (AGs) and Research Centres (RCs)  to help them develop their research capacity and compete competitively for larger research grants

  • Research Integrity and Institutional Review Board

    As one of the autonomous institutions of Nanyang Technology University (NTU), NIE subscribes to the NTU Policy on Research Integrity (RI) and the Responsible Conduct of Research. This policy has been approved by the President’s Coordinating Group and the Provost’s and Dean’s Group, and is aligned with the Framework for Investigation and Disciplinary Proceedings for Faculty and Research Staff, the Academic Honour Code and incorporates the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, 2010. The details of this policy can be read from the NTU Research Integrity website.

    Amongst others, the policy covers the researchers’ obligations to maintain full and accurate records of their research in NTU, both hardcopy and electronic; to ensure that all those concerned, cited or quoted are given appropriate credit and recognition; to respect all matters relating to privacy; and to comply fully with all relevant laws and codes of ethical behaviour appertaining to research. Please refer to NIE research data management policy which addresses the institute’s research data management and archiving needs for faculty and research staff members of NIE.

    It is to be noted too, that the goals of research, while important, should never be permitted to override the safety and well-being of research subjects and participants. To this end, all research conducted by NIE faculty and candidates enrolled in higher degrees by research must be reviewed and approved by the NTU Institutional Review Board (IRB). This requirement applies irrespective of the type of review requested by the researcher, ie exemption, expedited or full.

    All faculty staff conducting research, whether funded or non-funded, will have to submit their ethics clearance application online via NTU’s Nora System. Please read the IRB guidelines carefully before applying for ethics clearance.

    All programme courses that collect data from human subjects and projects by course candidates (pre-service and Masters by coursework / dissertation) will be reviewed by the respective NIE-convened Ethics Review Committees of the various academic groups and programme offices, which approve applications qualifying for exemption. Students are to refer to their respective academic groups for the application form, and NTU IRB website for guidelines. However, for expedited or full ethics review as well as for PhD students’ projects, the ethics clearance will need to be submitted online through the students’ supervisors, as the main applicants, using NTU’s Nora System.

    You may contact the OER Research Support Unit at oer.rsu@nie.edu.sg if you have any further questions.

  • Address

    Office of Education Research 
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616


    Research Support

    The Research Support Unit oversees and manages the pre and post grant administrative processes, including grant call, review, evaluation and project closure for Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP), MOE Academies Funding (MAF) and Start Up Grants (SUG). The unit also serves as the main contact point in providing consultancy for all pre and post award research administrative matters for ERFP and MAF, ensuring that administrative processes adhere to and are compliant to funding guidelines and policies. Refer to Apply for Grants for more information on the types of grants administered by OER.

    Email: oer.rsu@nie.edu.sg


    HR & Finance
    The HR & Finance unit oversees the control and compliance of HR & Finance policies and processes for project and non-project related matters. It also supports the General Office administration and provides PA support to the OER management.

    Email: oer@nie.edu.sg
    Tel: (65) 6219 6172


    Publications & Communications

    The OER Publications and Communications unit manages a range of publications that includes journals, newsletters, research briefs and book series. The unit also formulates strategies to effectively demonstrate the impact of NIE research to the relevant stakeholders, communicate OER’s position and policies to MOE and NIE senior management, and increase the awareness and visibility of NIE’s standing as a leading international research institution.

    Email: oer.pubs@nie.edu.sg


    Knowledge Mobilisation

    The Knowledge Mobilisation unit works to connect OER’s research knowledge and expertise with all members of the education community. By facilitating partnerships and the flow of useful and actionable knowledge, the unit helps OER research inform decisions in research planning, public policy and professional practice.