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ERIC Number: EJ955452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1683-1381
At the Rear Mirror and through the Wind Screen: Teachers becoming Teacher-Researchers in Singapore Schools
Soh, Kay Cheng
New Horizons in Education, v59 n1 p12-24 May 2011
Background: Action research (AR) for school-based curriculum innovations (SCI) has been ardently pursued in Singapore schools for the past few years, leading to a plethora of project reports published as monographs and in a new journal, the "North Star". Training workshops were conducted at the national, zonal, and school levels to equip teachers with essential research competence, further supported by face-to-face and on-line consultation. Many and varied pedagogies in practically all subjects were trailed with the view to raise students' achievement. Aims or focus of discussion: This paper is a sequel to a status report published in an earlier issue of this Journal (Soh, 2006a) and describes the efforts of the education authority, the teacher-education institution, the schools, the teachers, and the private consultants in promoting AR/SCI in Singapore schools. Project reports in various formats are briefly described. The experience of the past few years also pointed up some issues that deserve attention such as the identification of research topics, reference to theories, expectation of success, and assessment of probability of success. Arguments/comments/suggestions: The writer believes that the effort of the past few years will bear fruit for Singapore schools in their effort in school improvement and the pragmatic approach is to be maintained. However, those issues identified above need be attended to if the effect is to be maximized so that resources will be properly utilized. Conclusion: Using AR/SCI as a mean to raise student achievement is a pragmatic approach suited to Singapore's philosophy and this can be continued to benefit the schools and their students. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore