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    Music ethnography of Singapore's art spaces
    (2017)
    Chia, Charissa Jia Hui
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    The term 'art space' suggests a physical space that portrays an architectural structure and infrastructure that would cater for musicians and artists to create, work and portray their craft. Many iconic art spaces in Singapore such as the Esplanade Theatre has fulfilled that purpose and have even added to the overall Arts Landscape of Singapore. However, beyond its physical purposes, there needs to be an emphasis that art spaces also provide a social environment for music and art communities to interact with the public especially from our local artists and the community of Singaporeans. The research would focus on the exploration of pre-assigned and public art spaces located within Singapore's own suburban neighbourhood areas that showcase how local music communities and groups make use of them for their music-making purposes to connect and interact with the communities of Singapore. This research is explored using videography as the main empirical research process and presented with an ethnographic documentary as the final product.
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    Core 3 Research Programme: Baseline investigation of subject-domain pedagogies in Singapore’s primary and secondary classrooms (C3-PP) : Significant findings for visual art (P5 and Sec1)
    In broad terms, the central objective of the National Institute of Education (NIE) Core Research Programme is to provide empirical answers to persistent questions about the instructional logic and intellectual quality of teaching and learning across Singapore classrooms. In Core 1 (2004-2007), lessons and surveys from English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Mother Tongue classrooms at Primary 5 and Secondary 3 levels were collected. In Core 2 (2009-2014), three Panels were formed and organized along pedagogical beliefs and practices (Panel 2), classroom practices (Panel 3) and assessment practices (Panel 5) (Hogan, Towndrow, Kwek, & Chan, 2013). Both the Core 1 and 2 Research Programmes made important advancements in our understanding of a broad range of pedagogical practices through rigorous research designs and instrumentation. In addition, they had a significant impact on educational policy and research. The Core Research Programme continues to investigate what makes the Singapore education system successful, and what systemic pedagogical innovations are required to advance Singapore’s education to the next level.

    The Core 3 Research Programme (Core 3) has been reconceptualised to include a Regular component, one of the two categories of sub-studies aimed at improving the utility of findings that are aligned to MOE’s knowledge needs and ensuring the timeliness of reporting of findings for MOE’s monitoring purposes. The Regular component is complemented with an Exploratory component which comprise sub-studies to investigate learning outcomes which are difficult to measure, conduct innovative data collection methods and analytical approaches, develop evaluation studies investigating curriculum implementation and enactment, and develop curriculum and pedagogical innovations. In particular, this study includes a significant, highly refined regular component that examines classroom pedagogy and an exploratory component that develops indicators for new subject domains and further examines teacher pedagogical reasoning. This Core 3 programmatic study (henceforth, “C3-PP”) follows a five-year subject domain sampling design that began in 2015. While the subjects that are the focus of this study (English Language, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, History, Geography, Literature, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Computer Applications, henceforth cumulatively termed “focus subjects”) are wide ranging, they follow the Core 3 data collection schedule for the years 2017 and 2018. The sampling design and subjects have been agreed upon by the MOE and NIE.
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    Developing 21CC through band: An exploratory study of the “Four Cs”
    (Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2020) ; ; ;
    Tan, Jennifer Pei-Ling
    INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND In Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE) emphasises the importance of developing 21CC through Co-Curricular Activities (CCA). For example, the Handbook for the Co-Curriculum states that there ought to be an “intentional design” of CCA activities such that they create “authentic opportunities” for students to “practise” the 21CC (MOE, 2014, p. 16). This includes the development of 21CC through music CCAs, such as the school band.
    STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS Sentiments on the ground, however, suggest that many band directors see the development of these competencies already implicit in current practice. Furthermore, there is no research in Singapore that has empirically examined the assumption that 21CC can be developed through music CCAs. There appears a need for empirical data to determine if and how 21CC are being developed by school band programmes as currently practised. This would also render any form of formal intervention more organic, persuasive, and authentic.
    PURPOSE OF STUDY The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the development of 21CC through the school band; it aims to render explicit what might already be implicit in current practice. To achieve these goals, two high performing school bands (one Primary and one Secondary) were examined over a period of one year.
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    Synthesis report of NIE projects: Inquiry-based pedagogies and inquiry-based learning in Singapore classrooms
    (Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2019) ;
    Baildon, Mark
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    Yeo, Jennifer Ai Choo
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    Sengalrayan, Bernadine Wilhelmina
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    Tan, Minying
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    A review of the literature on teacher policies in high performing education systems: Implications for Singapore
    (Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2020) ; ;
    Hong, Helen
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    Chua, Paul Meng Huat
    We adapt a policy-oriented analytical framework to consider important teacher policy leverages that can help to generate successful learners - the teacher policy strategies framework (TPSF). The TPSF comprises a set of micro-layered strategies focusing on the personal growth of the individual teacher. At the same time, there are macro- layered strategies that are more cognizant of the wider system ecology. These micro- and macro-layer policy imperatives collectively and coherently drive a teacher development agenda. The micro-layer policies are: teacher recruitment; initial teacher preparation; compensation and incentives; career development structures; and, professional development and continuous learning. The micro-layer policies are supported by macro- layer policies that build a robust and coherent ecology of capacity building, identity formation, and change drivers needed to align and steer teacher education. For macro- layer policies we highlight: accountability, performance management and evaluation; school leadership; teacher symbolism; policy integration, alignment and coherence; and, collective teachers’ voice.
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    Preparing in-service teachers for pedagogical innovation: A study on the learning structures of community music for the nurturance of arts-based habits of minds
    (Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2020) ;
    This study intends to extend the applicability and address the gaps in the study OER 01/14 OP where it was found that when the 7 structures of learning in community music is present in the music module for the General Music Programme (GMP), artistic habits of mind are nurtured in the process. The framework that emerged from the study is called Community Music-based Structures of Learning (CoMu-based SL) and was used in this study to develop unit designs for both Primary and Secondary levels.
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    Local evidence synthesis on baseline research to inform SkillsFuture for educators
    (Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2022) ; ; ; ;
    Tan, Jocelyn Shi Yah
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    Kumar, Vinay
    “This report identifies and synthesises findings from a total of 42 unique studies that are relevant to at least one of the SFEd Areas of Practice, as well as to teacher learning and PD (see Annex A for the full project list).”--Overview of the Synthesis.
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