HEEFA Research Action Plan, India

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This presents part one of the Action Plan developed at the IAU Workshop on higher education for EFA, held in New Delhi, India on 20-21 February 2014. It deals with how to better engage research undertaken by Indian universities to achieve EFA.


  • 1. A.1 Early childhood care and education Quality of education Learning skills for young people A.2 Access to education Educational policy Learning outcomes Teacher training A. Areas of Research

2. Contd A.3 Basic education Vocational/ professional Pre primary A. 4 Institution as a whole A.5 Institutional policy/mechanism 3. Focus areas of primary and secondary research A. Primary research: 1. Components of quality -pedagogy, learning outcomes, evaluation of programmes/systems, multi-lingualism and its relationship to teaching and learning 2. Documentation of best practices, all levels 3. Developing culturally appropriate assessment methodology, esp. tools 4. Documenting cultural practices 5. Research on learning outcomes for children 4. Contd 5. Socio-academic profiles of persons in HEIs 6. Studying institutional/policy mechanisms that promote research. 7. Research with young adults from diverse academic backgrounds on how they can contribute to EFA 8. Case-studies of personal transformation among teachers/students/others engaged in EFA related activity (Documenting mutuality of benefit) 5. Action Research Methodologies of teaching Skill development for undertaking research at various levels: students/ teachers Use of newer technologies for undertaking research Collaborating with NGOs/ Field based organizations/ various departments of universities Creating research websites for dissemination Ensuring feedback as an outcome of research to ensure change in practices 6. Secondary research 1. Consolidation and Meta analysis of existing researches/studies 2. Review of areas of research that feed into EFA goals 3. Understanding issues of access: gender, caste, class, language, ability/disability 4. Looking at CSR policy and expenditure of Industries for linkages with EFA (if at all!) 5. RTI as a tool to understand EFA goals 7. Approaches Longitudinal studies: more specifically related to outcomes Macro studies Case studies Mixed methods research: qualitative and quantitative paradigms Collaborative research: inter departmental, NGOs, field based organizations 8. Persons undertaking research Academicians-UG, PG, Ph.D, Depts. and Centres Students Teacher training centres School teachers Pre-school teachers NGOs and field based organisations Governmental bodies 9. Processes Awareness of areas that need research Awareness of methods Permissions and protocols Documentation Dissemination of research finding Implementation of teaching learning processes at the school level Funding Ethical considerations Cultural appropriateness of methods and practices 10. Summing up Dissemination Best Practices Evaluation Studies Policy HE EFA Research