Dr Aliamat Omar Ali

aliamat.ali@ubd.edu.bn

Lecturer, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education

     

After graduating with a degree in Linguistics and Education, I started my career as a Malay Language teacher in January 2004 before joining UBD at the end of the same year. Initially, as an effect from the Y2K technological revolution, I had the interests in researching the use of technology, such as computers, mobile devices, weblogs, softwares and LMS platforms in the language classrooms. As a result, most of the time, I was given to teach courses related to technology and pedagogy; and too, other courses within my qualifications such as language forms and methods of teaching. However, when I realised that I have a passion to understanding and into the improvement of thinking skills specifically inventive thinking skills and inventive problem solving among the Bruneian students I quickly changed the course of my research. Currently, I'm still building up my presence in the area of researching thinking locally and internationally. As a start, I have written papers pertaining the teaching and learning of inventive thinking and shared findings from my research in various international conferences. In the university, I'm currently teaching a few postgraduate modules related to teaching and learning of thinking skills, the use of computers in language education and I'm also supervising postgraduate research in the Malay Language education. I'm also currently seconded to UBD Entrepreneurship Village as part of UBD initiative towards achieving UBD goals for innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation. Other than commitments to academic, I'm also actively involved in, and headed the university's platoon of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Cadet Force since it was launched in 2008; outside the university, my interests is at street and landscape photography and they are incidentally linked to my passions towards inventive thinking.

EDUCATION

B.A. (Hons) Pendidikan (Brunei Darussalam)
M.A. Language Learning and Education (York, England)
Ph.D in Education (Singapore)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Malay Language Education
Inventive Thinking
Inventive Thinking Skills
Computers in Language Classrooms
Inventive Problem Solving

FUTURE PROJECTS

The effect of Critical Pedagogy in the praxis of teaching Critical Thinking Skills amongst teacher-candidates: a case study

The needs to empower teacher candidates and students with critical thinking skills in Brunei Darussalam have become one of the most important agenda in the education sector. Inevitably, teacher educators play a critical role in shaping teacher-candidates' praxis in promoting the application of critical thinking skills in classroom. It is believed that the approach to critical questioning adapted by the teacher educators during classroom interactions through guided participation will be appropriated by teacher-candidates in their own teaching. Thus, the main objective of the research is to observe whether the implementation of critical pedagogy by teacher educators will influence teacher-candidates questioning styles and approach in their classroom specifically in the Bruneian contexts. In order to achieve this, on top of proper plannings, classroom recordings and classroom discourse analyses need to be conducted which involve both settings that is at SHBIE and in schools. On one hand, while this study is looking for concrete evidence of transfers, if any, of praxis of critical thinking skills between both settings, on the other hand findings from this study can be utilised to further enhance the pedagogy of thinking skills in teacher education especially in the local contexts. It is expected that the findings from this research is to be shared in at least at one international conference and to be published in reputable journals.


Applications Invited

Barriers to Teaching and Learning Inventive Thinking.


Applications Invited

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Pemerkasaan Pemikiran Inventif di Negara Brunei Darussalam: Satu Percubaan Awal Pengajaran Dan Pembelajarannya Dalam Mata Pelajaran Bahasa Melayu
The Effects of Inventive Thinking Programme on Bahasa Melayu Students’ Inventive Thinking Ability and Dispositions

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Pemerkasaan Pemikiran Inventif di Negara Brunei Darussalam: Satu Percubaan Awal Pengajaran Dan Pembelajarannya Dalam Mata Pelajaran Bahasa Melayu
The Effects of Inventive Thinking Programme on Bahasa Melayu Students’ Inventive Thinking Ability and Dispositions

RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

Pemerkasaan Pemikiran Inventif di Negara Brunei Darussalam: Satu Percubaan Awal Pengajaran Dan Pembelajarannya Dalam Mata Pelajaran Bahasa Melayu (2014).
The Effects of Inventive Thinking Programme on Bahasa Melayu Students’ Inventive Thinking Ability and Dispositions (2015).