Research has been a key and central activity of AKU-IED. Since its establishment, the Institute’s focus of research has been in the areas of teacher education, curriculum studies, policy studies, teaching and learning and educational leadership which inform policy, practice and programmes.
AKU-IED’s research initiatives not only promoted a research culture within institute but also developed a critical mass in the country for the promotion of research and scholarship through research programmes, conferences and seminars.
Research has been a central activity of AKU-IED with a research focus that was guided by the Harvard Committee Report (1983), Chancellor’s Commission (1993) and subsequent Task Force recommendations. Currently, the Research and Policy Studies (RAPS) unit and Research and Policy Studies Advisory Committee (RAPSAC) work together to promote research and scholarship endeavors.
During the past 18 years, IED’s focus of research has been on teacher education, curriculum studies, policy studies, teaching and learning and educational leadership which informed policy, practice and programmes. Faculty who are leading research activities are developed through doctorate studies aboard and most of who have established credibility in their respective research areas.
IED’s own research initiatives have not only promoted research culture within the institute but also developed a critical mass in the country for the promotion of research and scholarship through research programmes, conferences and seminars. Faculty have substantiality published their research work through national and international peer reviewed journals, books chapters, edited books, monographs, policy briefs and research reports.
Through the recent re-visioning exercises, the institute has identified six concentration areas which include mathematics and science education; English language and education; early childhood education and development; pedagogy and assessment; educational leadership and policy studies; and open and distance education. A comprehensive research and scholarship strategy is currently being developed to align AKU-IED’s research agenda with its future directions.