This MEd study was carried out by Lim Cher Ping who at the time was teaching in a college in Singapore (Lim 1997). Like most other new researchers whose work we are considering in this book, he was registered for this part-time degree at a British university. He had a statistics and IT background and so had a head start over most of the researchers whose work we are discussing. He did not have to learn how to use a computer, which is what Helen had to do and was not in the least 'afraid of stats' as Gilbert claimed to be. He had no trouble dealing with computer statistical packages but he was, nevertheless, new to research. He had always tried to make a note of what went well with his teaching and what required some amendment, but he had reached the stage of wanting to adopt a more formal approach to research on his own practice, to experience the discipline of becoming a practitioner researcher and to be able to relate theory to practice. The importance of this topic became of even greater significance when the Singapore government's Masterplan for IT in Education was announced (the web page address of the plan is provided in the References at the end of the book: Masterplan for IT in Singapore (2001)). This was an investment of two billion Singapore dollars to make learning with computers a way of life in the classroom and involved the production of a six-year plan for
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Publication information: Book title: Learning from Research: Getting More from Your Data. Contributors: Judith Bell - Author, Clive Opie - Author. Publisher: Open University Press. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 81.
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