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Opportunities and challenges in the development and implementation of a national research strategy in adult learning and work

Brown, Andrew and Ye, Rebecca (2011) Opportunities and challenges in the development and implementation of a national research strategy in adult learning and work. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The confluence of increasing pressures on researchers to demonstrate the impact of their work with a growing interest in research informed practice and policy creates both opportunities and challenges for dialogue and partnership between researchers, policy makers and practitioners in adult, vocational and lifelong education and training. The Research Division of the Institute for Adult Learning in Singapore, part of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency, has attempted to grasp these opportunities, and address the challenges, through the development of a research strategy shaped by consultation with key stakeholders, from Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) course participants to senior policy makers. The implementation of this strategy has involved both the design of a programme of policy and practice relevant research and the development of a range of research capacity and capability development initiatives. In this paper we will explore the process of facilitating the creation of a research community in Continuing Education and Training (CET). In particular, we will examine the ways in which specific research studies in key areas of adult learning, skills utilisation and innovation in CET have acted both to inform practice and policy and act as a medium for research capability building. We will relate this work to the development of a framework for monitoring and evaluation of the impact of CET initiatives and, ultimately, investment in Singapore. From this we will explore the ways in which such a framework can assist in establishing coherence in and the credibility of a research and development programme that aims to maximise impact on practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 17:43
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:39
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