Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication (Name of Journal)

Quality in education: Teaching and leadership in challenging times


Professional Development Centre, Karachi


This paper discusses how the Master of Education (MEd) students at AKU-IED are empowered to understand and monitor quality in self study research. The paper is based on the experience of teaching self study research over a period of three years. During this period, students in the Teacher Learning course in the MEd programme were asked to explore their journey of becoming teachers and teacher educators using self study research. As an end product the students were asked to write an autobiography. During these processes of self-exploration and the writing process, they were asked to follow guidelines identified by Bullough Jr. & Pinnegar (2001) in their article “Guidelines for quality in autobiographical forms of self-study research”, which were shared and discussed with the students. During the programme, different methods were employed to ensure that participants followed the guidelines shared with them. Despite the systematic approach to ensure quality in self study research there were a number of challenges. These challenges are discussed at the end of the paper.