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

Skills and Learning Study (SLS)

Prof Johnny Sung, Sheng Yee Zher, Simon Freebody, Jazreel Tan and Chia Ying

Skills and Learning Study (SLS) is the third iteration of the Skill Utilisation series which aims to track skills utilisation in Singapore. Lifelong learning is a new area added into this iteration. This study will provide a set of continued skills utilisation measures in Singapore as well as a baseline measure of Singapore’s level of lifelong learning.

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Completed | 2020

Developing Innovative Learning Culture in SMEs

Dr Dr Arthur Chia, Dr Yang Silin and Tai Jo Fang

Innovative learning culture in SMEs; research study aims to understand how SMEs afford learning opportunities that promote innovation, and how learning of innovative practices might best proceed in these organisations. The research questions of this project will be addressed through intensive qualitative case studies to provide novel insights of innovative learning cultures in SMEs in Singapore.

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Completed | 2019

Understanding Adult Learners’ Sense-making to Inform Pedagogical Innovations in Blended Learning

Dr Bi Xiaofang

The project investigates Singapore adult learners’ learning experiences in blended learning environments focusing on how they ‘experience’ and ‘made sense of’ their learning in and across blended environments and the implications of these processes for pedagogical practices and beliefs. Sense-making is the process by which people give meaning to experience. Such processes contribute to knowledge building, construction and co-construction of knowledge. Besides, the structuring or architecture of different environments can facilitate reflection, and collaboration or can shut it down. Such an understanding of the spaces of learning not only potentially enables us to understand how learners sense make and embody practices, but also their interaction with the spaces in their journey of transformation of understanding, identity and agency.

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