Notice

CERED BUILDS RESEARCH CAPACITY OF MT. MARY COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TUTORS IN SOMANYA OF EASTERN REGION OF GHANA

The Centre for Educational Research, Evaluation and Development (CERED) conducted a two-day workshop on the theme, “Research and Publication for Early Career Researchers” for faculty members of the Mt Mary College of Education, Somanya. The training was organized at the invitation of management of the College. The training was held at its campus in Somanya on the 14th and 15th of March, 2017. The two-day workshop was aimed at introducing early higher education academics to writing tit-bits. It also looked at how to prepare grounds for institutions to know how to develop research agenda at institutional, departmental and individual levels. The team led by the Coordinator of the Centre in the person of Dr. Mark Amponsah effected this assignment together with other faculty members from the University of Cape Coast, namely, Dr. Might Kojo Abreh, Dr. Christopher Yaw Kwaah and Dr. Lebbaeus Asamani. At the end of the two-day session, the CERED team proposed a mentoring relationship as the way forward to engage the tutors on how to research and get published in peer reviewed journals.

Through this workshop, participants gained insight and confidence in scientific writing. The activities undertaken during the training include understanding of types of academic papers and research paradigms; appreciation of the general structure of a journal paper and issues to consider when deciding to publish in a refereed journal. In addition, strengthening participants’ skills in APA referencing styles (the most common for publishers in education related fields) and the use of Mendeley; and how to avoid plagiarism were considered. Finally, participants were instructed on how to develop a college-based research agenda as well as held discussion on the proposed mentoring arrangement with the college tutors. The mentoring relation thereafter was instituted with four research-working groups of the college. Each of the four resource persons would work as critical Friends to each research group. Mr. Agyekum Darkwa (The vice Principal) on behalf of his colleagues and MMCOE acknowledged the importance of the workshop and thanked CERED for the opportunity to share their research knowledge and experience with the tutors.