Commonwealth Case Studies in Education

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2310-1458 (online)
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This series is comprised of key papers focusing on innovations and challenges in education. Each case study presents and analyses a pertinent educational issue in a timely and brief manner. The series marks an important contribution to educational advancement of benefit to countries, agencies and organisations with the Commonwealth and beyond.
 
The Use of Information Technology for the Management of Education in Singapore

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C. Soh
01 Jan 2001
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24
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9781848597433 (PDF)
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Rapid advances in Information Technology (IT) pose new opportunities as well as challenges for every society. In the education sector, IT has enormous potential to help countries address issues of access to learning, quality of the teachinglearning process and management of education systems. Countries are therefore keen to make full use of this, in case they are sidelined in the quest for development. This updated case study (originally published in Issues in Education and Technology, 2000) will help countries make good policy choices and investment decisions. Much can be learned about the process by which Singapore has made appropriate use of technology for improving the management of its own education system. Now updated, this case study is a useful guide to good practice in an expanding area.

The Commonwealth’s educational work promotes the exchange of experiences and good practice in the field of education. Commonwealth Case Studies in Education is a series of key papers focusing on innovations and challenges in education. Each case study presents a concise analysis of a topical and pertinent educational issue. The series marks an important contribution to educational advancement of benefit to countries, agencies and organisations, within the Commonwealth and beyond.
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  • General Introduction to the Series

    Education systems are increasingly making changes in response to a rising tide of new expectations about the role of education in human development. Education is seen as a critical requirement for individuals to fulfil their potential, for communities to make positive changes in quality of life and for societies to improve their economic competitiveness. This rediscovery of education, as the key to human development, stems partly from the need to address growing inequalities within countries and between countries in an era of globalisation.

  • Foreword

    Rapid advances in Information Technology (IT) pose new opportunities as well as challenges for every society. The use of such technologies can transform not only the efficiency with which tasks are performed, but also the pattern of organisation and work relationships within the sector concerned. In the case of the education sector, IT has the potential to help countries address issues of access to learning, quality of the teaching–learning process and management of education systems.

  • New Directions in Education in Singapore

    Singapore recognises that the ability of its people to ‘create wealth through the innovative application of systemic ideas and knowledge’ is a major determinant of its economic competitiveness in the global environment. As a small country with limited natural resources and a population of barely four million, it is important that each individual reaches their potential and contributes in the areas that they are best suited to. Because of this, in recent years, the education system has been moving towards a more ability-driven, learner-centred mode of education.

  • The Singapore Education System

    In order to understand the use of IT in the management of education, it is necessary to have an overview of the key features of the Singapore education system.

  • IT Applications for the Management of Education

    The MOE began computerisation in 1979 on a minicomputer platform. The focus was on creating and maintaining data on students, teachers, and schools. By 1984, the MOE had moved to a mainframe, using the ADABAS database system.

  • User Training and Support

    One clear implication of the move to online access for schools is the increase in the number of users who have to be trained. For mainframe systems with no online access by schools, only a small number of MOE users needed to be trained. However, the number of users increases dramatically when the systems are rolled out to schools, as in the case of the school-level Pupil Management System, Integrated Financial Accounting and Administrative System and TRAISI.

  • Major Impacts of IT

    The administrative systems have had a major impact on work processes at the MOE and schools. They have also provided greater information access to staff, students and parents. Increasingly, the data accumulated through the automated systems are also being analysed with new automated analysis tools.

  • The Master Plan for IT in Education – The Next Lap

    The Masterplan for IT in Education was approved in early 1997. Its goal was to lay a foundation for IT-based teaching and learning in schools. However, the human and physical infrastructure that was put in place to promote learning objectives also had a positive spillover effect on education administration.

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