Written by Assistant Professor Aw Guat Poh, Dr Connie Lum, Peng Xuan-hui, Chen Yuan and Tong Qi-ying, this paper describes and examines parents’ attitude, perceptions and behaviours towards bilingual education in Singapore. Through the findings, this paper offers insights on the impacts of the “English knowing bilingualism” policies on parents’ linguistic choices and behaviours. It also highlights common misconceptions on bilingual learning, where further research was suggested to explore and investigate these findings deeper.
Written by Emeritus Prof Marjory Ebbeck et al., this paper discusses the readiness of early childhood educators in embarking on leadership roles. It also presents the factors that motivate or discourage educators from taking on such positions. Based on the findings obtained from an online survey and a focus group discussion, this paper offers recommendations with regards to organisational support that would foster and develop leadership in early childhood professionals.
Written by Emeritus Prof Marjory Ebbeck, Associate Professor Bonnie Yim, Yvonne Chan and Mandy Goh, this paper reported Singaporean parents’ and caregivers’ views on their young children’s access and use of technological devices. Along with the emerging use touchscreen devices, views on the benefits and risks of touchscreen devices were specifically sought and reported as well. Results show that a relatively sizeable number of children were exposed to and used technological devices in their daily lives. This paper also highlights key implications and considerations for parents and educators to inform them of ways to better guide their young children in navigating the pervasive digital space.
Written by Cheryl Ching, Caymania Lay, Hia Soo Boon, Dr Thang Leng Leng and Thian Ai Ling (NFC General Manager of My First Skool and afterschool), this paper describes and explores an intergenerational (IG) collaboration programme jointly developed and piloted by National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Health’s Silver Circle Senior Care Centre (SCC) and a co-located childcare (My First Skool) in Singapore. The IG programme was designed to meaningfully engage seniors and children through mutual participation in activities and ongoing interactions. This paper provides details on the development, interventions and lessons learned from a senior care perspective as well as discusses the benefits such IG programmes have on the functional abilities and wellbeing of seniors.
Written by Dr Connie Lum et al., this paper describes and analyses Singaporean children’s English and Chinese bilingual learning environment through a survey administered to their parents. It reported that parents with higher English proficiency levels tend to be more willing to communicate in Chinese to their children. Yet, results also showed that parent’s English proficiency levels are negatively correlated with the frequency of the children’s use of Chinese language. Through the findings, this paper presents possible explanations for the results obtained and suggests that Chinese parents have the capacity to create a conducive bilingual learning environment in their families.
Written by Dr Tzuo Pei-Wen, Dr Tan Liang See, Dr Liang Jyh-Chong and Yong Foong Ling (NFC curriculum specialist), this paper highlights the differences in how teachers’ and parents’ view the professionalism of early childhood teachers (PECT). A mixed-method research is conducted on 219 parents and teachers from multiple preschool settings to investigate the gaps in the perception of PECT. As such perception gaps form obstacles between the two parties, the paper puts forward ways in which these views could be aligned and how teachers can foster better school-home partnerships.
Written by Emeritus Prof Marjory Ebbeck, Dr Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte, Cynthia Tan and Mandy Goh, this paper reported reports on a research study in Singapore that investigated curriculum effectiveness using developmental learning outcomes as a means of assessing children. The research was devised to examine if eight specified broad developmental learning outcomes could measure the effectiveness of the curriculum by assessing children's learning as shown in qualitative data. Practical examples showed evidence of children's learning and the role of the educator in facilitating and documenting developmental learning outcomes.
Written by Emeritus Prof Marjory Ebbeck et al., this paper reported a relationships-based curriculum and how it extended the active involvement of the infants, toddlers, and young children (up to the age of three) in their learning. Conducted over a year using a well-tested, traditional before-and-after methodology, children were observed to show significantly improved active involvement.
作者：林美莲博士、Lynn Heng、寇烨、杨雅茹【摘要】本行动研究以“故事教学促进幼儿学习华语兴趣”作为课题开展，分析并探讨新加坡学前华文教育的现况。研究者通过多种形式的故事教学，提升幼儿学习华语的兴趣和效果，促进幼儿语言能力和身心健康的¬全面发展。本行动研究通过 “策划、行动、观察、反思” 这一行动研究法，探讨与改进教师在故事教学中采用的方法，以及各种故事教学法的有效性 Written by Dr Connie Lum et al., this article describes an action research which analysed the current situation of Chinese Language education in Singapore’s preschools. It reported how interest in the learning of the Chinese language can be enhanced through the use of story-based learning activities.