Our Research

Here at IAL, our Research Division aims to provide a strong knowledge base for the development of practice in CET.

Our Research

As an institute that champions excellence in Continuing Education and Training, IAL undertakes research projects that examine the various aspects of adult learning and development. The data we gather and the results we analyse enable us to further the advancement of the CET sector in Singapore, and inform policy making and decisions.

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Completed | 2012

A Portrait of the Adult Educator in Singapore

Prof Andrew Brown, Rebecca Ye, Annie Karmel

This research endeavours to develop an understanding of who WSQ Adult Educators (AEs) in Singapore are. While the professionalisation of this group is a key interest of the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), little is known about the different types of people who actually make up this group, or how they negotiate their careers as adult educators.

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Completed | 2014

Adult Educator Typology

Simon Freebody, Dr Helen Bound, Magdalene Lin

Locally, the practice of adult education is growing and changing, thus leading to heightened diversity. As such, information regarding AEs in Singapore is sparse and quickly obsolete. Committed investigation is necessary to provide more useful information on AEs.The aim of this research project was to develop a typology of adult educators (AEs) and corresponding careers in Singapore.

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Completed | 2016

Assessment for the Changing Nature of Work

Dr Helen Bound, Dr Arthur Chia, Prof David Boud and Assoc Prof Peter Rushbrook

Current assessment practice in CET is still resource-intensive. Efforts at increasing the productivity of the assessment processes while maintaining rigour and authenticity have not resulted in notable advancements. This study will seek to find out how such processes can be improved by looking into the relationship between assessment design, CET curriculum and learning facilitation and platforms used for assessment; enhancers and barriers to innovative approaches to assessment. It will also look into the experience of assessment for learners, AEs, designers, assessors, providers and employers; future assessment policy and practice in the Singapore CET sector.

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