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 | 2022

Training, Skills and Skills Utilisation

Prof Francis Green, Prof Andy Green, Dr Golo Henseke, Dr Neil Kaye and Dr Hao Phan

This is a collaborative research piece between IAL and UCL Institute of Education’s LLAKES and CGHE research centres. The first objective of this collaboration is to assess the current state of the Singaporean graduate labour market through the lens of graduate jobs and provide important intelligence on demand trends in times of continued expansion of higher education and changing demand patterns brought on by technological change and increased competition on globalised markets. The second objective is to draw on the OECD PISA and PIAAC data to explore the variation across countries, and in particular Singapore, in changes to levels and distributions of core skills (Literacy, Numeracy and Problem-Solving) between age 15 and early adulthood, through the stage of upper-secondary education and training.

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Completed | 2022

Covid-19 Educator Survey

Dr Chen Zan, Tan Bao Zhen, Bryan Ang, Siti Nur Sabrina Binte Hardy, Richard Watermeyer, Mike Niederpruem

IAL and the University of Bristol (UoB) jointly conducted the COVID-19 Educator Online Survey in Singapore during May and June 2020. The project aims to capture educators’ perspectives to understand the impact of online learning on adult educators, learners and learning, current and long-term impact on education institutions/training providers, higher education/TAE sector, and potential changes to the future of education due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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