$8.5m study to learn how pre­schoolers develop (Home, Pages B1 and B2)

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was a report on a new $8.5 million national study which will help social scientists in their understanding of how Singaporean children develop in their early years. One of the 12 research projects funded by Social Science Research Council will involve about 5,000 families with children aged six and younger who will be surveyed in 2018 and in 2020 by Professor Jean Yeung from the Department of Sociology in the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The study will look at how factors such as early childcare, pre-school attendance, the use of technology and family stress can shape child development and family resilience. The council was set up in January 2016 to promote social science and humanities research.

Other NUS recipients of the grant includes Associate Professor Esther Goh from the Department of Social Work in NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for her $800,000 study on the effect of redistributive policies on low income families; Prof Ted Hoft from the Department of Political Science in NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for his study on identity relations in Singapore and its neighbourhood; Assoc Prof Liu Haoming from the Department of Economics in NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for his study on population ageing, old age labour and financial decisions in Singapore; Asst Prof Wang Wenru from the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine for her study on the Salutogenic Healthy Ageing Programme Embracement (SHAPE) for elderly living alone; Prof Ivan Png from the Departments of Strategy & Policy and Economics for his study on the Service Productivity and Innovation Research Programme (SPIRE); and Prof David Taylor from the Department of Geography in NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for his study on sustainable governance of transboundary environmental commons in Southeast Asia.

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