Research happens every day, formally and informally in education. Research is critical to making informed decisions, improving evidence-based practices, and building sustainable learning eco-systems. Research also helps to answer questions, inspire change, and build capacity.
Pre-University Education has a strategic commitment to leading research on learning.
Leading research on learning
At EDI, we seek to provide evidence-based learning proposals, where we: lead and engage in meaningful and credible research, enrich human knowledge on students and educators’ learning, and advocate and build coalitions for advancing learning through research and inquiry. More specifically, we aim to enhance educational outcomes in Qatar by radiating innovative and effective educational practices.
To support the research needs and practices across PUE, EDI has developed the Research Practitioners Network (RPN) to support those engaging or wishing to engage in research.
RPN is a professional community of practice for educators who are in the process of completing their masters or doctoral degree in education or related field, as well as early career researchers (i.e. those who have completed their studies within the past 5 years). RPN is also an opportunity for educators with research experience seeking to grow their contribution to research. The RPN program promotes partnerships between educator(s) and researcher(s).
RPN participants must meet at least one of the following requirements:
The mission of the RPN program is to promote high quality research that will inform evidence-based practice, decision making, and quality programming that will radiate across both our schools and Qatar.
In alignment with the vision, mission, strategic objectives, and Qatar national priorities, EDI aims to increase educational research capacity by providing opportunities for educator(s) and researcher(s) to develop their research knowledge and skills; to network and collaborate; and connect with the PUE research community and beyond.
The network provides a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration for all researchers, facilitating long-term friendships and research support. The network hopes to inspire researcher(s) and offer opportunities that enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning.
RPN Program Format
The RPN program is an online/face to face mentoring program that starts as soon as a participant completes the online application for RPN program. The R&E office will then contact the researcher and have them complete the Skill Building Needs survey. The RPN program will meet monthly throughout the academic year. The RPN skill building needs survey will enable to program to:
Mentoring will focus on providing guidance on a range of activities required for successful research, including developing research questions, proposal/survey development, data collection and analysis, call for paper submissions, publishing, and grant proposal writing among other topics.
In addition, RPN will offer one-on-one mentoring to researcher(s) in online and/or face to face format(s).
Role of the RPN Mentor (Researcher- Research and Evaluation Office)
Expectations of all educator (mentee) and research (mentor) practitioner pairs
Mentee and Mentors should:
The RPN program provide participants with the opportunity to: