First Ever Research Symposium held at University of Prishtina
A symposium on enhancing education research in the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education took place on June 14 and 15. The symposium, coupled with statistics training sessions offered by Indiana University, are accelerating implementation of the Faculty of Education’s Research Strategy.
Dr. John Hitchcock from the University of Indiana’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy was the keynote speaker. Dr. Hitchcock’s presentation, ‘Using Causal Inquiry to Inform Education Policy: Perspectives of a Mixed Methods Researcher’, presented issues related to causality and the mixing of qualitative and quantitative approaches to educational and social science research. Other keynotes during the symposium focused on research ethics, evaluating research quality, and using technology to improve research.
Photo: The symposium kicked off with welcomes from Kosovo’s Minister of Education, Arsim Bajrami; UP’s Rector, Marjan Dema; and inspirational comment by representatives of USAID, and the Deans from UP’s and the University of Ljubljana’s faculties of education.
During this symposium sponsored by TLP-SP and the EU Tempus project, six of the seven groups of Faculty of Education academic staff who collaborate with Indiana University presented their research proposals. Now, these small research groups are charged with implementing their research proposals. IU faculty will support and collaborate with the UP research clusters to help move each study forward. The participants will reconvene in early October follow up on work started during the symposium.
Over the past year, professors and other researchers from the Faculty of Education have worked closely with IU professors to develop seven research clusters on topics ranging from Kosovo’s natural heritage to its preschool education to discourse of historical books. These research clusters meet weekly to share ideas and support each other in developing research proposals. As the research clusters developed and focused their research proposals, Indiana’s Center for International Education, Development, and Research (CIEDR), connected each cluster with a “consulting” faculty member from their School of Education.