Choki Wangmo | Tsirang
Coinciding with the 66th birthday of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Dagapela Middle Secondary School inaugurated its research development center and launched its first research seminar, on the theme “Research-action: an approach for teaching and Effective Learning” on November 11.
The seminar is now expected to be an annual event and will bring together a selection of reports and dissertations relevant to educational practice. It offers researchers a platform to share the results of action research through presentation and publication acts.
The results of three research papers were presented at the inaugural session.
Principal Ugyen Penjor said that with the research center established within the school, it will not only foster active engagement in research by teachers and schools to strengthen reflective and grounded teaching-learning practices on evidence, but also to build a culture of research and a network of action. research enthusiasts in dzongkhag schools.
“Modern teaching-learning goes beyond textbooks and exams. It offers a new way to gain knowledge and options to improve lives using tools of inquiry and investigation,” he said.
The initiative, which started in 2019 but has remained non-functional to this day, is in line with the reforms of the Ministry of Education. “Teachers’ exploration and updates of knowledge for learner-centered practices must be timely and change according to the needs of the school.”
He said that as required by the Bhutanese Standard for Teachers (BPST) of the Ministry of Education, the establishment of a strong research culture through the development of research centers and the conduct of research in schools have become essential.
“Investing in research has become extremely important, as it has a competitive advantage over other areas of investment in these changing times,” he added.
Edited by Tshering Palden