Document Type

Conference Paper

Book Title or Conference Proceedings Title

Quality in education: Teaching and leadership in challenging times

Department

Professional Development Centre, Karachi

Abstract

The M.Ed. program at The Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) helps to develop Course Participants (CPs) as teacher educators/educational leaders. AKU-IED always welcomes innovations in its various programmes. The Educational Development Project (EDP) was conceived as an alternative to research to develop CPs’ knowledge and skills required for developmental work. The EDP is concerned with capacity building at classroom and school level depending on the needs of the relevant stakeholders. A contextually relevant model was adapted for EDP at AKU-IED. The purpose of the study was to investigate the course developed for EDP at AKUIED. For the research to be reported in this paper the main question was: To what extent does the Educational Development Project (EDP) prepare M.Ed. CPs to apply their learning from the course in actual classroom / school settings as an initiative towards school improvement efforts? Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through different instruments and strategies. Case study method was also used in this regard. The data reveal that it is appropriate to engage teachers and educational leaders in conducting small scale educational projects to bring about whole school improvement.

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