Research & Publications

SHBIE offers the assurance that the depth of learning through its programmes and the relevance of its research will raise teaching standards and support effective school systems. For anyone considering a career in education, SHBIE promises a superb introduction through its Master of Teaching programme which is designed to be a world-class preparation for teaching. For those already engaged in education, SHBIE’s Masters and Doctorate programmes will help to take their careers to the next level of performance and satisfaction. In addition, SHBIE offers comprehensive, school-based professional development consultancy. SHBIE provides a supportive, collaborative and stimulating international environment where all are able to achieve to the best of their potential.

SHBIE’s research strength is in design-based research in education, which involves the creation, enactment, and refinement of educational tools - curricular materials and instructional strategies – and the development of explanatory frameworks about the process of learning and the factors that support it. The outcomes of this research are of international interest. Design-based research combines theory and practice from a range of perspectives. Action research methodology involving teachers and researchers in developing systematic bodies of pedagogical knowledge offers the opportunity to contribute to the field of design while simultaneously improving the quality of national education systems for the 21st Century. All areas of the curriculum at all levels of the education system are available as contexts for study with SHBIE to develop reliable explanatory frameworks to improve the processes of learning and teaching.


SHBIE New Publications

Realising Learning: Teachers“ Professional Development through Lesson and Learning Study. Edited by Keith Wood and Saratha Sithamparam. To visit the publisher pages with contents and reviews, please click here.


Practical Knowledge in Teacher Education: Approaches to Teacher Internship Programmes. Edited by Javier Calvo de Mora & Keith Wood. To visit the publisher pages with contents and reviews, please click here.


Teaching in Primary Schools in China and India: Contexts of Learning, by Nirmala Rao, Emma Pearson, Kai-ming Cheng & Margaret Taplin. To visit the publisher pages with contents and reviews, please click here.


The Relationship Worlds of Infants and Toddlers: Multiple Perspectives from Early Years Theory and Practice. Sheila Degotardi & Emma Pearson. To visit the publisher pages with contents and reviews, please click here.


SHBIE Research Project

21st Century Teaching and Learning (21CTL): Developing competence for life and work

This research project aims to identify the necessary conditions for an effective research — based, flexible professional development model for teachers to achieve the 21st century skills identified in the national curriculum. The project has funding from the Brunei Research Council for the period 2013-16.

In line with the aspirations of Wawasan Brunei 2035, the National Vision, which aims for an “educated and highly skillled people as measeured by the highest international standards“, this research project targets the development of quality education in Brunei Darussalam. The national curriculum, SPN21, identifies the development of the 21st century skills as a priority. This requires a paradigm shift in the way teaching and learning are conceptualised. To help teachers to achieve this change, the project will develop and scale the outcomes of a method for teachers“ professional development to deliver 21st century skills by providing opportunities for collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, real-world problem solving and innovation, the use of information technology for learning and skilled communication.

International research shows that effective professional development for teachers is intensive, on-going and connected to practice. it focuses on student learning and the teaching of specific curriculum content. It supports school improvement priorities and goals, and builds strong working relationship among teachers. In this project, through engagement in cycles of collaborative action-research supported by a SHBIE research team, teachers plan, design, assess, reflect on evidence of student learning and, if necessary, re-design to achieve deep understanding of how and what it takes to develop 21st century learning outcomes in the contexts of the national curriculum.

SHBIE Research Team: Dr Jainatul Halida, Dr Masitah Shahrill, Dr Hjh Sallimah binti Hj Mohd Salleh, Dr Rosmawijah Jawawi, Assoc. Prof Saratha V. Sithamparam, Assoc. Prof J. S. Henry Quintus Perera, Prof Keith Wood.