The College of Education continues to be involved in various intermural and internal funded research project. The College seeks often to draw different national stakeholders to the locus of CED's faculty capacity and draw on faculty expertise to address the key national priorities.
The faculty in their collaborative efforts with school practitioners work closely to translate those challenges into research priorities. The College established for basic research strands through a development of a research agenda in the academic year 2011/2012.
The research agenda elements maps initiative to the Qatari National Development Strategies. It is expected that the overall research agenda will benefit Qatar helping to understand and address challenges and identify best practices across educational areas.
The research agenda will:
- Tackle the underachievement in math, science and English. Two of the proposed studies of the research agenda specifically address the underachievement of students in mathematics, science and English.
- Strengthen education administration and the teaching profession. More than four studies of the research agenda address the improvement of teacher and school leader practices in the Independent Schools. Recommendations from these studies will provide understanding and operational steps in effective teaching practices.
- Focus on quality education across schooling and teaching levels. The central aim of the research agenda is to achieve understanding in how to provide quality education in all levels of the Independent Schools.
- Retain quality teachers and reduce teaching staff turnover. Elements of the research agenda will identify factors contributing to teacher satisfaction in the work place and effective strategies policies to retain teachers.
The knowledge and information gained from this imitative will provide data for better decisions for school systems. Research findings will improve preservice teacher education and inservice teacher training programs at CED that will result in better quality teachers for Qatari schools and total school improvement. Further, we foresee the results from this set of studies will benefit the Supreme Education Council (SEC), the Education Institute and the College of Education (CED) by providing a wealth of knowledge to inform national policy, improve the national curriculum, develop training programs, and improve school culture and organization. The results will address the needs of new programs on the best practices. We encourage our faculty to collaborative with international organizations and entitites to identify new educational issues needing further study that could set a research roadmap for the next decade. In addition, the research agenda will contribute to global knowledge on education and school reform and will enhance Qatar's image in the global sphere.