Research Publications

  • Rethinking Pedagogies to Develop Future Oriented Capabilities

    In contemporary societies undergoing rapid changes, educational practices cannot focus solely on reproducing what is already known; they must also develop future oriented capabilities, to prepare people for a future that is largely for work and citizenship. What are these future oriented capabilities and do employees in Singapore found to be ‘book smart’ but lacking in soft skills) have them? If not, how can we as Adult Educators help them develop such capabilities? This article will offer some approaches and specific examples of applied pedagogies (i.e. problem based learning, teaching for understanding and project based learning) to help develop learners’ future oriented capabilities.

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  • “Whose IDeA is this?” Facilitating Professional Reflection and Communication Through The IAL Design Approach (IDeA) Model

    This project builds on a model of curriculum developed by Peter Rushbrook (see Bound, Rushbrook & Sivalingam, 2013) that in this report we call the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) Design Approach (IDeA) Model. The present researchers (Bound and Choy, in consultation with Rushbrook) envisage the Model as a tool for designers and facilitators of learning to reflect on their assumptions about curriculum, learning and learners

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  • Skills Strategies for An Inclusive Society

    The book explores policy options for a more inclusive society where skills, education and training of the workforce may have a greater role in enabling workers in achieving a larger share of economic growth.

    Chapters include Gog et al's argument that policy changes need to support the sectoral approach to skills development in each industry sector, and others examine the link between skills and inequality, as well as policy practices in Singapore and other countries.

    The book is co-edited by Johnny Sung and Catherine Ramos with contributions from Dominique Anxo, Margarita Estévez-Abe, Wilmer Salverda, Irene Ng, Vincent Chua, Ong Ye Kung, Gog Soon Joo, Sim Soo Kheng, and Simon Freebody.

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  • Developing Non-permanent Workers In Singapore

    This report seeks to address the question of how to support the learning and development of non-permanent workers by analysing across earlier studies that were part of a multi-sector study by the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) on the identity and learning of non-permanent workers in Singapore.


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