Project 1: School and Career Aspirations

Navigating and Negotiating Pathways through Secondary School and Beyond

PI: Dr Chee Yeen Melvin Chan

Co-PI(s): Dr Lu-Ming Trivina KANG, Assoc Prof Gregory Arief D LIEM

Project Objectives

• To examine adolescent precursors of significant milestones from secondary schooling and beyond.

• To investigate the diverse pathways students take during secondary education.

Study Focus

In examining the nature and drivers of different pathways, key predictors and outcomes will be examined and monitored over time to identify which constructs:
  • facilitate or hinder progress,
  • have compensatory effects (i.e., where one resource substitutes in the absence of another) and
  • have long-term consequences

Key Constructs of Interest

Cognitive outcomes
  • characteristics of students that affect performance and learning (e.g., academic achievement, social and cooperative skills, complex communication)
Regulatory factors
  • self-awareness attributes such as students’ sense of self-efficacy, motivation, adaptability, curiosity, and openness to diversity
Affective factors
  • Traits related to moods, feelings and attitudes
  • E.g., Emotional competence
Students’ identity, values, and character

Latest Updates

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Straits Times: Teacher-parent partnership important in motivating secondary school students

SINGAPORE – When parents and teachers communicate and work together, students feel more supported and motivated in their studies. This is according to the findings of two studies by the National Institute of Education (NIE) released in May about how parents and teachers impact students’ academic motivation. Dr Wong Zi Yang, an NIE research fellow, led one study to understand how support from parents and teachers, which allowed students to make their own choices and...

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Straits Times: Adolescent boys feel more supported by parents, compared with adolescent girls

SINGAPORE - When Ms Tunitha Reku, 44, talks to her 15-year-old son, he is happy to give his mother just the gist of what happened in his school. However, it is different with her daughters, who are 13 and 14. “Whatever Leshawn discusses with me is usually on the surface; he doesn’t go into details. But my daughters like to have detailed discussions. So there’s definitely more in-depth discussions with them,” said Ms Tunitha....

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DREAMS @ The Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference (RPIC)

Our research team will be presenting at the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference (RPIC) on 29 and 30 May. If you are attending the conference, we hope you can join us as we share more about our Year 1 findings....

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