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Certified Academic Researcher (CARE) Program

“Transforming Teachers to World-Class Educators”

Introduction

The heart and soul of a great education system are its teachers. Teachers transform the knowledge in textbooks to life through their engaging lessons and inspire students to achieve their full potential. Countries that have topped the charts in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Study has consciously  invested in enhancing the calibre of teachers who in turn are empowered to continuously improve the performance of their students.

Teachers play pivotal role in transforming young minds and teachers of today have to embrace this responsibility with dynamism and creativity.

Teachers have to work with students who are IT savvy and can acquire knowledge on their own. In order to keep in tandem with their students, it is vital for today’s teachers to have cutting edge research skills. Teachers therefore, have to be formally trained to undertake research so that they can equip themselves with research skills to become world class educators who can create engaging lessons for their students.

Teachers need a variety of skill sets to differentiate themselves and remain relevant in the in the classroom. Acquiring research skills is paramount to teachers to deal with classrooms of the future.

Several reasons have been posited in the literature as to why teachers need to conduct research. Teachers must engage in research to improve teaching and learning for their students and teachers use research to decide what learning is most important for their learners, to determine what teaching approaches are likely to work for their learners and to assess the impact of their teaching on their learners.

While it is expected that teachers would have undergone a formal Teachers Training Program (TTP) before embarking on a career in teaching, most TTPs often do not equip teachers to become researchers who evolve into world-class educators. To be a world-class educator, teachers have to be prolific researchers. Through research, teachers can enhance their potential as well as adopt creative and innovative ways to teach, inspire and engage with their students for the following reasons

  • Classrooms have become increasingly complex and in order for teachers to ensure that their teaching leaves a meaningful impact on their students teachers need to do research.
  • Doing research exposes teachers to various new pedagogies that will come in handy for teachers to become more effective as educators and at the same time enable them to meet the varying demands of their
  • The ever changing landscape of the education system requires teachers to not only be adaptable but to be able to ‘learn, unlearn and relearn’3.and doing research clarifies and challenges beliefs and assumptions of teaching and learning.
  • Teachers need to acquire research skills in order to ensure that the research is undertaken with the necessary rigour and protocols so that the findings of the research are credible and can result in the anticipated

The CARE Program @ Binary University aspires to transform school teachers into world-class educators by equipping participants with sound knowledge of research methodologies and research skills that will empower them to carry out impactful research, improve classroom practice, and publish in internationally recognized journals.

Objectives of the CARE Program

  • To equip participants with a sound understanding of the underlying principles of quantitative and qualitative research
  • To provide participants with in-depth training on the conduct and management of research from inception to completion using a wide range of
  • To transform teachers from a good teacher to an Associate Professor in the next 12 months through the Mentoring Program (at no cost) by the Research, Teaching and Learning Centre (RTL) Centre at Binary

Learning Outcomes of the CARE Program

 Upon completion of this program, participants will be able

  • To undertake scientific research that will improve teaching practice.
  • To comprehend philosophical issues in research and conduct research in an ethical
  • To critically evaluate research methodology and
  • To identify, evaluate and critically appraise research
  • To apply and analyse quantitative research
  • To appraise and practice qualitative research
  • To acquire expertise in the use and application of the methods of data collection and
  • To choose and apply key statistical concepts and procedures for the analysis and interpretation of
  • To critically evaluate research articles and
  • To carry out, interpret, present and disseminate results from appropriate data
  • To write and publish articles in recognized international journals.

Benefits of CARE Program

  • Increases professionalism amongst
  • Provides teachers with new analytical skill
  • Enhances communication and networking
  • Fosters critical thinking through hands-on
  • Engenders a research culture among
  • Improves teaching strategies and educational
  • Helps teachers find solutions to problems in the
  • Encourages the development of new
  • Facilitates the alignment of curriculum with needs of
  • Enhances the quality of teaching
  • Inculcates a research culture in
  • Fosters an inclusive educational
  • Improves the competitive advantage of schools.

This course is specially designed for teachers at International Schools

This course will be delivered

  • Via Zoom using Real Time Class (RTC) Mode i.e. Live Classes
  • Over 12 classes of 2 hours each
  • On every Saturdays for 3 months

Month 1: Introduction to Research

  • What is Research?
  • Why do teachers need to do research?
  • Identifying a Research problem and articulating a problem statement for research
  • Developing research objectives, questions and hypothesis
  • Determining your    Research    Design    –Quantitative qualitative or Mixed methods
  • Writing your Research Proposal
  • Research design: quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Developing Research Proposals

► Month 2:  Research Implementation

  • Literature survey vs Literature review
  • Developing theoretical and conceptual frameworks for research
  • Determining Units of analysis, sample frames and size
  • Developing data collection tools like questionnaires, interview schedules, focus groups discussion protocols

► Month 3: Research Findings and Analysis

  • Analysing Quantitative Data using SPSS
  • Analysing Qualitative Data using NVIVO
  • Reliability and Validity
  • Experimental and Correlational Designs
  • Report Writing and Publishing in international journals with the assistance of Binary University’s Professors