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Government Of Assam Elementary Education State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT)

Educational Research

ER

Educational Research is a systematic, objective and deliberate attempt to answer meaningful questions pertaining to educational process, forms, organization, and thoughts. Thus educational Research is an application of scientific methods to the study of educational problems or educational thoughts. 

Classification of Educational Research can be done on the basis of its purpose.

  1. Basic or Fundamental Research: It is a formal and systematic process of deductive-inductive analysis leading to generation of new knowledge in the form of new theory, facts and truth.
  2. Applied Research: Applied Research adopts theories developed through fundamental research to the solution of problems. Applied research has most of the characteristics of fundamental research including the use of sampling techniques. But its findings are evaluated in terms of local applicability and not in terms of universal validity.
  3. Action Research: The research that is undertaken by practitioners to improve their practice is called Action Research. Action research is focused on immediate application rather than the development of theory or on generalization of applications.It is conducted by the teachers, supervisors and school administrators themselves for dealing with classroom problems and improving classroom practices.
  4. Descriptive Research: Descriptive research, unlike assessment and evaluation, is concerned with all of the following : hypothesis formulation and testing, the analysis of the relationships between variables, and development of generalization. All these differentiate descriptive research from assessment and evaluation. Although assessment and evaluation studies may include other characteristics of descriptive research, only descriptive research has generalisation as its goal.
  5. Assessment: Assessment is an activity to find facts that describe conditions that exist at a particular time. Base line achievement survey carried out by DPEP / SSA is an assessment to know the existing condition. In education, assessment may be concerned with the determination of progress that students have made toward educational goals.
  6. Evaluation : It is a process used to determine what has happened during a given activity or a programme. The aim of evaluation is to see if a given programme is working successfully and conducted according to the goal set for it. is a process used to determine what has happened during a given activity or a programme. The aim of evaluation is to see if a given programme is working successfully and conducted according to the goal set for it.

 

ACTIVITIES OF DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

Activities under the Department of Research and Evaluation during 2019-20

National Seminar on Pupil Evaluation on January 29-30,  2019 in Guwahati.

Twenty five research papers were received by SCERT, Assam, out of which only Fifteen papers were shortlisted for presentation in the seminar in four technical sessions.

Published  Educational Research Journal,1st 2nd and 3rd Volume with ISSN 2454-4949 during last four years.  22 , 19 and 15 research papers were contributed by different educational practitioners. Process for publication of 4th  volume of Peer-Reviewed Educational Research Journal with ISSN 2454-4949 is going on.

Conducted on-line All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), 2020 covering Govt. TEIs in the portal developed by MHRD, GOI. All the NCTE recognized Teacher Education Institutions have to upload Data Capture Format (DCF) III in the AISHE portal of MHRD, GOI.

Development of Institutional Mechanism for conducting a research study by teacher educators. Under this mechanism, attempt is being made to popularize research and action research among teacher educators of the state in a structured way and to assure the quality of research studies conducted by them.

Teachers Performance Appraisal: An Analytical study at Upper Primary Schools in Assam was conducted in 2020-21 in 23 districts of Assam covering 2,300 upper primary teachers with the following objectives

to assess their own performance based on their expected roles and responsibilities.

to identify the areas of strength and challenges in their teaching-learning process through reflective practices

to enhance the proficiency of teachers in organizing classroom teaching-learning activities and other school-related activities

to provide support and mentoring on the teaching-learning process 

To provide continuing growth through multiple experiences

Activities  conducted by the Department of Research and Evaluation during 2018-19

Conducting research in the field of school and teacher education is one of the major activities of SCERT, Assam. Different kinds of researches have been undertaken by SCERT, Assam for improvement of quality in school and teacher education of the State. The findings of the researches have been appraised to the Government for assisting in framing policy for improvement of the educational scenario of the State. Some of the major research related activities conducted recently by SCERT, Assam are as below.

Published  Educational Research Journal 3rd Volume with ISSN 2454-4949 in October, 2018.  15 research papers were contributed by different educational practitioners. Process for publication of 4th  volume is going on.

Initiative for building capacity of teacher educators and teachers in conducting educational research especially action research.

Published Guide Book on Research Methodology with a focus on Action Research ( October, 2018)

Conducted orientation programme on action research for teacher educators of Assam.

National Seminar on Pupil Evaluation on January 29-30,  2019 in Guwahati.

Twenty five research papers were received by SCERT, Assam, out of which only     Fifteen papers were shortlisted for presentation in the seminar in four technical sessions.

Training on Research Methodology with special reference to Action Research for teacher educators of Normal Schools and BTCs on December 18-20, 2018 at SCERT HQ.

On line All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) covering Govt. TEIs in the portal developed by MHRD, GOI. All the NCTE recognized Teacher Education Institutions have accomplished the task of uploading Data Capture Format (DCF) III in the AISHE portal of MHRD, GOI for the year 2018-19.

Development of Institutional Mechanism for conducting a research study by teacher educators. Under this mechanism, an attempt is being made to popularize research and action research among teacher educators of the state in a structured way and to assure the quality of research studies conducted by them.

Radio Talk on Action Research broadcasted by All India Radio, Guwahati

Faculty members were involved in the implementation of Gunotsav in respect of the development of tools, as Master Trainer and External Evaluator.

Members of the department were involved in the process of development of OERs in collaboration with SSA, Assam

4 research papers developed by faculty members of SCERT, Assam during 2018-2019 and published in research journals.

Mission Uttaran

Mission Uttaran is an initiative of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Assam to improve the learning outcome of children in existing schools and making them a model school through Teacher Education Institutions, engaging student teachers and giving them an opportunity of learning by doing and develop leadership quality.

Mission Uttaran’s vision and mission reflect an aspiration to work in a holistic manner to strengthen linkage among Teacher Education Institutions, Block and Cluster Resource Centres and Schools and reinforcing the partnership with parental communities to improve learning outcome of children.

Equip teachers and children with the skills needed to move with advancements of 21st century

Mission

Introducing child-friendly pedagogical approach to ensure attainment of expected Learning Outcomes by all children