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 | 2011

Singapore WSQ, Workplace Learning and Assessment

Dr Helen Bound, Magdalene Lin

This report confirms the understanding that WSQ training is predominantly classroom-based. More importantly, according to available statistics, the delivery of WSQ in 2009 was totally classroom-based. While our experience indicated that in 2010 there was workplace learning taking place, the extent of workplace learning is very limited. This is in sharp contrast to the delivery of competency-based training in a number of other countries. The preference for classroom delivery has resulted in limited examples of learning and assessment arrangements that take place in the workplace, and the use of different terminology (e.g. workplace learning and on-the-job training) to mean the same thing. The use of different terminology, while inevitable amongst lay people, can be a source of confusion and indicative of a need for a conceptual framework for those working within a particular system. The study was conducted in two stages, stage one examined the current delivery modes and ways in which workplace learning was valued; stage two consists of four semi-ethnographic case studies of workplace learning.

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Completed | 2013

Skills and Productivity: Stage One

Prof Johnny Sung, Fiona Loke, Catherine Ramos, Prof Emeritus David Ashton

This research adopts a case study approach to examine the nature of the relationship between productivity and skills in selected sectors. The intention is to find out how the concept of productivity is understood within various industries and how they are managed.

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Completed | 2009

Skills Utilisation 2 (SU2)

Prof Johnny Sung, Fiona Loke, Dr Tan Teck Kiang

This project is an extension to a similar project in 2009. However, whilst the 2009 study acted as a pilot of the methodology and targeted workers in sectors covered by WDA, the current proposal is intended to create a national job skills database, with a representative sample from the general population. In addition, a new component - an employer-employee matched sample in the manufacturing industry – is attempted for the first time. The new component will collect both management and job information.

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