Academic Profile : Faculty

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Dr Munirah Shaik Kadir
Education Research Scientist, OER Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice
Research Scientist, National Institute of Education - Office of Education Research
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Dr Munirah Shaik Kadir is a Lecturer (Education Research Scientist) with the Lifelong Learning, Cognition, and Wellbeing (LLCW) Research Programme at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP), Office of Education Research (OER), National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She has over 20 years of educational research experience in Australia and Singapore. Her research interests include science education, positive education, motivation, as well as student and teacher wellbeing. She has published in peer-reviewed and high-ranking journals in educational psychology and presented at numerous international conferences. Dr Munirah co-leads the writing circle at OER as well as the OER professional development committee. She is a member of the Singapore Positive Education Network and the Uplift project with the Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore.

Dr Munirah was previously an education researcher at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in Sydney, Australia where she worked alongside distinguished education researchers such as Professor Herb Marsh, Professor Alexander Yeung, Professor Rhonda Craven, and Professor Johnmarshall Reeve. Her team has worked on several positive psychology, motivation, and wellbeing projects funded by the Australian Research Council.

Dr Munirah received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at ACU under the supervision of prominent researchers, namely, Professor Alexander Yeung and Professor Richard Ryan, the co-founder of self-determination theory, and Dr Anne Forbes. She is a recipient of the Australian International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and during her doctoral studies, she received awards for her outstanding performance at the Three-Minute Thesis competitions. Dr Munirah received her Master of Education degree from NTU in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science Degree (double major in physics and mathematics) with a Diploma in Education in the year 2000 from NIE/NTU. Upon graduation in the year 2000, she became a physics and mathematics teacher in a secondary school in Singapore.

In the year 2008, Dr Munirah was seconded by the Ministry of Education to NIE/NTU as a teaching fellow / research associate with CRPP at NIE/NTU. She worked on science education projects in collaboration with researchers from the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington and the faculty of Natural Sciences and Science Education, NIE/NTU, investigating science pedagogies and materials for enhanced science learning. In the year 2020, Dr Munirah started working with the research team at KidsSTOP Science Centre to evaluate the social emotional learning of children through interactions with the science exhibits.

Dr Munirah has been working closely with several schools to provide input on their school programmes, ranging from after-school activities for at-risk students to positive education intervention within the school. In the year 2021, Dr Munirah was invited for a radio interview to discuss the topic of mental health of teachers and was featured on SingTeach, an e-magazine for educators. She is interested to pursue her passion in enhancing the wellbeing of teachers and students in Singapore through state-of-the-art intervention strategies.
21st century competencies,Student Motivation,educational psychology,lifelong learning,positive education,self-determination theory (SDT), student and teacher wellbeing
  • Examining Well-being, Interest, School Engagement, and Life Stressors of At-risk Children: A Profile Analysis
  • WiREAD+: Augmenting The Validated Prototype Design Of A Web-based Collaborative Critical Reading And Learning Analytics Environment Towards Scalability Readiness
  • Critical Affective Literacy for an Affective Teacher Professionalism
  • Emotional Capital and Teacher Professionalism
  • Rethinking Stress: The Influence of Stress Mindset on the Well-being, Resilience and School Outcomes of Adolescents
  • Are our children feeling good and functioning well' Examining student well-being using a multi-dimensional approach
  • Integrating WiREAD+ with Singapore Student Learning Space (Phase 1)
Courses Taught
Master of Education (MED 900)