The place of meta-strategies in developing collaborative agendas for research in education: Personal reflections of cross-national experiences

Year: 1996

Author: Kooi, Sim Wong

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper attempts to distill from over three decades of experience in trying to develop collaborative agendas for research in education in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam some common principles and pitfalls, notwithstanding characteristic differences in the research environments. In particular, the applicability, or otherwise, of three "meta-strategies", namely the "systematic", "synergistic" and "symbiotic" meta-strategies in the different context is discussed and illustrated with specific examples.

Some pertinent dimensions are explored in ascertaining if, and in what way, the use of these meta-strategies would differ, such as according to purpose or focus (theory-based, practice-based or policy-based) scope or level (micro, meso or macro), predominant partner (school, institute or ministry) and time-frame (short-term, medium-term or long-term) in collaborative research. A conceptual model is then developed and implications are drawn for possible directions of collaborative agenda which is being envisaged for Brunei Darussalam.