Future Projects - Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education

Tahap professionalisme Guru-Guru Pendidikan Islam di Brunei Darussalam


In general, this study aims to investigate the ‘Level of Professionalism Among the Islamic Education Teachers in Secondary Schools in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia. There are 4 specific objectives which have been set in this study namely: 1. To identify teachers’ and students’ assessment towards the level of professionalism of Islamic Education Teachers in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia ; 2. To design and compare the professionalism profile of Islamic Education teachers in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia ; 3. To identify students’ behaviour towards the Teaching and Learning process for Islamic Education as a subject; and 4. To identify teachers’ and students’ assessment towards the level of professionalism of the Islamic Education teachers based on several independent variables.

Psychological Well Being of School Counsellors and Guidance Teachers in Brunei Darussalam (A research collaboration with MOE)


This study aims to identify the level of psychological wellbeing of school counsellors and guidance teachers in Brunei Darussalam within the six dimensions in the Psychological Wellbeing (PWB) scale (Ryff & Keyes, 1995) and to explore the coping strategies in maintaining a positive wellbeing. The research will be using Mixed-method research design which will be carried out in two phases; Pilot study and Main Study (refer to part 4 for the Details of Research Procedure).

Necessary conditions for the development of teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge through Learning Study

  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education
  • Contact:Dr Keith Wood
  • Application invited for:


The objectives of the study reported are threefold: - to test the effectiveness of Learning Study as a professional development model in the context of the Brunei education system; - to reveal support for a hypothesis that the experience of contrast, generalisation and fusion, through focusing on what their students need to learn, leads to teacher change and results in improvement in teaching; and - to identify necessary conditions for Learning Study to lead to improvement in students’ learning outcomes.

Psychological Wellbeing of School Counsellors and Guidance Teachers in Brunei Darussalam (On-Going - Research collaboration between SHBIE, UBD and Department of Planning, Development and Research, MOE, Brunei.


The study aims to identify the psychological wellbeing of School Counsellors and Guidance Teachers in Brunei Darussalam within the six dimensions in the Psychological Wellbeing (PWB) scale (Ryff & Keyes, 1995), and to explore the coping strategies in maintaining a positive wellbeing. This research is a collaboration between Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE), Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the Department of Planning, Development and Research (DPDR), Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam. The research will use a Mixed-method research design which will be carried out in two phases; Pilot study and Main Study. The findings of this study will provide an overview of wellbeing of school counsellors and guidance teachers in Brunei Darussalam, and create awareness on the needs to maintain their positive psychological wellbeing.

Assessing Digital Literacy skills of Digital Native Generation in higher education

  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education
  • Contact:Dr. Juraidah Hj Musa
  • Application invited for:Master Degree/PhD


With heavily rely on digital technologies, teaching and learning processes in higher education requires students to have digital literacy skills. According to Eshet (2012), digital literacy skill is a survival skill which students need in order to function effectively in digital learning environments. With Eshet’s model of digital literacy skill as a framework, this project aims to assess the digital literaciness of students in higher education. Based on Prensky’s assumption, these students are categorised as the digital native generation, in which this generation lives their lives immersed in digital technologies and that they learn differently from previous generations.

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

  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education
  • Contact:Dr Aliamat Omar Ali
  • Application invited for:


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.

INNOVATIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT (IICA)

  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education
  • Contact:Dr Sallimah M. Salleh
  • Application invited for:Masters of Education (by Research) PhD in Education


This research project consists of five designed-based studies to inform the applicability of the proposed Innovative Inter-disciplinary Curriculum and Assessment Model (IICA) in (a) disseminating interest and motivation in students’ learning of science and mathematics, (b) instilling spiritual and social awareness embedded in the scientific and mathematical concepts, (c) promoting students’ understanding of science and mathematic concepts, and (d) improving students achievement in science and mathematics curriculum. The activities planned are: (1) Designing curriculum using a modified technological, pedagogical and content knowledge framework with personalized multi-model assessments or the Personalized Pedagogy, Assessment and Technology (PPAT) matrix; (2) Implementing and evaluating the CUP strategy for the teaching and learning (pedagogy) of the content in selected schools; (3) Investigating students’ understanding of the content through the social-semiotics and language integration; (4) Investigating the outcomes of multi-model formative assessments of students’ learning of science and mathematics concepts, and (5) Examining the effect of teacher-student interactions on students’ mathematising development. The outcome of the research project will be i) the Model for Innovative Inter-disciplinary Curriculum and Assessment for curriculum and assessment design, which can be replicated and disseminated to teachers as part of their continuous professional development. ii) innovative teaching and learning resources developed through the implementation of the IICA model. iii) books and journal articles publications on IICA model in international reputable publication houses.

Tahap Profesionalisme Guru Pendidikan Islam Di Sekolah Menengah Di Brunei Darussalam dan Malaysia (Level of Profesionalism Among Islamic Education Teachers in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia) Grant : B$10,150


Kajian ini secara umumnya bertujuan mengkaji kepada “Tahap Profesionalisme Dalam Kalangan Guru Pendidikan Islam sekolah-sekolah menengah Di Brunei, Malaysia . Bagi mencapai tujuan ini, terdapat 4 objektif khusus yang ditetapkan dalam kajian ini iaitu: 1. Mengenal pasti penilaian pelajar dan guru terhadap tahap profesionalisme guru Pendidikan Islam di Brunei Darussalam dan Malaysia ; 2. Membina dan membandingkan profil profesionalisme guru pendidikan Islam di Brunei Darussalam dan Malaysia; 3. Mengenal pasti sikap pelajar terhadap pengajaran dan pembelajaran mata pelajaran Pendidikan Islam; dan 4. Mengenal pasti penilaian pelajar dan guru tahap profesionalisme guru Pendidikan Islam berdasarkan beberapa pemboleh ubah bebas.