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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Ongoing | 2022

Employment Vulnerability (EV) of Tertiary Graduates in Singapore

Dr Ruby Toh, Dr Tan Teck Kiang, Sheng Yee Zher, Prof James Sampson and Dr Philippe Blanchard

This study seeks to provide further understanding on employment vulnerability (EV) in Singapore, by examining the extent to which individuals experience EV, the nature of EV, the role that individuals and employers play in mitigating EV, and suggest possible intervention measures that can help to mitigate EV. This study collects time-ordered sequential information over an individual’s work life span since graduation, on a multitude of variables that may affect employment or career decisions. Since data collected is sequential information, sequence analysis is the appropriate method to identify characteristics of various groups of individuals experiencing EV. The quantitative surveys will be implemented on a sufficiently large sample, a focus on individuals with diploma and higher education and companies in industries that are ‘at risk’ of displacing workers, to provide reliable data that permit segmentation, cluster analysis, sequence analysis and other econometric analysis.

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Completed | 2011

Learners' Reflections on the Tertiary Education and WSQ Experiences

Prof Roger Harris, Catherine Ramos, Mr Marcelino Lizaso Jr

The purpose of this research project is to identify the range of pedagogical beliefs of Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ trainers, trainers’ enactment of those beliefs and the ways in which context mediates these beliefs. In addition, through the process of engaging practitioners (trainers) in undertaking their own research, the project aims to explore how this process enables reflective practice, and to work towards developing possible models for professional learning involving practitioner research and reflective practice.

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Completed | 2011

Practitioner Research for Professional Learning in CET

Dr Helen Bound

The purpose of this research project is to identify the range of pedagogical beliefs of Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ trainers, trainers’ enactment of those beliefs and the ways in which context mediates these beliefs. In addition, through the process of engaging practitioners (trainers) in undertaking their own research, the project aims to explore how this process enables reflective practice, and to work towards developing possible models for professional learning involving practitioner research and reflective practice.

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