SEAMEO gives recognition to the winner of the 2010 SEAMEO Jasper Research Award
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization honoured the winner of the 2010 SEAMEO Jasper Research Award during the 46th SEAMEO Council Conference on 27 January 2011 in Brunei Darussalam. The SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam, H E Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, presented the plaque of recognition to Dr Loh Sau Cheong, Senior Lecturer, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The theme for the 2010 Research Award emphasized the role that Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) plays in realizing the Education For All Goals and the Millennium Development Goals. The winning research by Dr Loh Sau Cheong focused on the "Use of Visual Auditory Simulation Technique in Promoting On-Task Behavior of Children".
The research paved the way to the development of a courseware using visual auditory simulation technique (VASTech) that incorporated multimedia flash to systematically foster the attention for mainstream (3-6 years chronological) and special children (7-12 years chronological). Using VASTech, the system blends the multiple intelligences theory with the multisensory approach in instructional design to form a holistic system to build the attention of young children.