UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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February 2015 - September 2016

The Artists-In-School-Scheme (AISS) for Pre-Schools which is a “ collaboration between NAC and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) to enable pre-schoolers to gain access to quality and sustained arts programmes specifically designed by arts practitioners” (National Arts Council, 2014) serves as a gateway to beginning research on teacher-artists partnerships in the pre-school sector in Singapore. As stated in the aims and objectives of the AISS, through interactive lessons, “children will broaden their learning perspectives through spontaneous exploration and expression. In addition, early childhood educators can also receive specialized training workshops by arts practitioners, as part of this programme. This will enable them to co-design and co-deliver the arts programme with the artist. These knowledge and skills can subsequently be integrated into the centres’ curriculum.“ (National Arts Council, 2014). The purpose of this research study is thus to examine the Artists-in-Schools-Scheme (AISS) for Pre-School in terms of the partnership process, student learning processes and teacher professional development.

Principal Investigator: Dr Lum Chee Hoo

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr Prudence Wales

Research Assistant: Lu Shanhwa, Natalie Tse

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