Research in Education: A Foundation Course

April 7-May 26, 2017

Institute for Educational Development

Programme Highlights
The course will provide you with an opportunity to:
  • engage in critical reflection, and explore the purpose and use of research;
  • understand the process of designing and implementing qualitative research in education;
  • learn about the significance of literature review and the development of a conceptual framework;
  • identify a range of qualitative research methods used in educational research;
  • develop appropriate knowledge for data collection and analysis; and
  • discover strategies for communicating research through writing and publication.
The course is divided in five modules, spread over two months:
  • Module I: Understanding the research process, literature review and conceptual frameworks
  • Module II: Research design and qualitative methods
  • Module III: Data collection in qualitative studies
  • Module IV: Data analysis in qualitative studies
  • Module V: Communication, writing, and publication

Who should attend?
Education professionals, teachers, programme heads, other key stakeholders in the field of education.


Module I: April 7 and 8, 2017
Deadline for registration: March 31, 2017

Module II: April 21 and 22, 2017
Deadline for registration: April 14, 2017

Module III: May 5 and 6, 2017
Deadline for registration: April 28, 2017

Module IV: May 19 and 20, 2017
Deadline for registration: May 12, 2017

Module V: June 2 and 3, 2017
Deadline for registration: May 26, 2017

Friday, 2:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(except June 2, 2017 time 9:00-1:00 due to Ramzan)

Course Fee
Each module is offered as a standalone unit.
Rs. 4000/ per module/ per participant.

Programme Facilitators

Dr Nelofer Halai is a Professor at AKU-IED and her research interests lie in three areas - teaching and learning in science, higher education, and research methods. She completed her doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada and has published extensively in international and national journals. Prof Halai has played a key leadership role in developing the doctoral programme in Education at AKU-IED. She is also the founding and the current president of the Pakistan Association of Research in Education (PARE).

Dr Dilshad Ashraf is an Associate Professor at AKU-IED and specialises in curriculum, teaching learning, school improvement, educational governance and equity issues in education. She has extensive experience of conducting and supervising qualitative research projects. Dr Ashraf is a member of SAGE Open editorial board. Her more recent scholarly achievement includes co-edited book “Education Policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan: Contested Terrain in the Twenty-First Century.”

Dr Nosheen Ali is an Assistant Professor at AKU-IED, and her specialisation is in Social Studies and Pakistan Studies education. Dr Ali earned her PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Her research and publications span a wide terrain from environmental policy to poetic tradition, as well as the role of information technology in social change. Dr Ali has previously taught courses at UC Berkeley, New York University, and Columbia University.

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Professional Development Centre, Karachi
Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development
IED-PDC, 1-5/B-VII, F. B. Area, Karimabad, Karachi, Pakistan
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