Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

National Institute of Education (NIE)


The Singapore member is the UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE) Singapore. CARE is a clearing-house of research on the instrumental benefits of arts in education in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 2008, it is part of a region-wide network of Observatories stemming from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Action Plan. These Observatories are tasked to collect, analyze, repackage and disseminate research about arts education in a web-accessible manner. This body of evidence about the value of arts in education is used to support advocacy efforts for mainstreaming the arts in Asian education.

The National Institute of Education, with its institutional credibility and well-established research and education operations, has been chosen to partner with UNESCO in achieving these objectives.


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Associate Professor Chee-Hoo LUM
Head, UNESCO NIE (National Institute of Education, Singapore) CARE (Centre for Arts Research in Education)
Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group
National Institute of Education
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616

Lum Chee-Hoo is associate professor of music education with the Visual & Performing Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the Head of UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), part of a region-wide network of Observatories stemming from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Action Plan. Chee-Hoo’s research interests include issues towards identity, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, technology and globalization in music education; children’s musical cultures; creativity and improvisation; and elementary music methods. He is currently the Co-Editor of IJME (International Journal of Music Education) and on the editorial board of JRME (Journal of Research in Music Education), and RSME (Research Studies in Music Education). He is a board member of APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research) and was on the board of ISME (International Society for Music Education) from 2016-2018. He has previously been an associate editor with IJEA (International Journal of Education and the Arts). Chee-Hoo has published three edited books: (1) Contextualized Practices in Arts Education: An International Dialogue on Singapore;2) Musical Childhoods of Asia and The Pacific); 3) Arts Education and Cultural Diversity: Policies, Research, Practices and Critical Perspectives; three co-authored academic books, Teaching Living Legends: Professional development and lessons for the 21stcentury music educatorSemionauts of Tradition: Music, Culture & Identity in Singapore; World Music Pedagogy: School-Community Intersections, school textbooks, academic book chapters, referred journal articles and made numerous conference presentations at local and international settings. He has also successfully garnered a number of grant funding research projects (Tier 1 and Tier 2) through NIE OER, NIE AcRF, the National Arts Council and Mendaki of Singapore.