Iram Siraj Becomes Inaugural Recipient of Nanyang Technological University’s Lee Sing Kong Visiting Professorship in Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Iram Siraj

Congratulations to Iram Siraj, Professor of Child Development and Education at the department, who has accepted an invitation from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, to be the inaugural recipient of the Lee Sing Kong Professorship in Early Childhood Education at their National Institute of Education.

The launch of the professorship, which was established in honour of the late Professor Lee Sing Kong (Vice President for Alumni and Advancement at NTU and previous Director of the National Institute of Education) is anticipated during early to mid-November 2020.

The Lee Sing Kong professorship will be an integral part of a new National Institute of Early Childhood Development,  set up to raise the standing of the preschool education profession under the ambit of NTU’s National Institute of Education.

Professor Siraj has an international reputation for her longitudinal research and policy expertise. She has co-directed a number of  influential studies, including the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE, DfE, 1997-2014) study, the transformative Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY, DfE, 2002) study, and the associated Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector (ELEYS) Study. She has also studied Effective Early Educational Experiences in Australia (E4Kids, Australian Research Council and Victoria and Queensland Governments. 2009-2015). Her recent studies include cluster randomised controlled trials of interventions looking at the impact of evidence-based professional development in 90 centres in New South Wales Fostering Effective Early Learning (2018); Researching Effective Environments for Learning (2019) in 70 centres in Victoria; and Using Research tools to Promote Language in the Early Years in 120 schools in England (2020).

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