Cen­tre for teach­ing, learn­ing re­search opened in Mutare

The Manica Post - - Education - For more in­for­ma­tion, visit our Face­book Page: Cen­tre for Teach­ing and Learn­ing Re­search (CTLR) Email: ctl­r­re­search­cen­tre@gmail.com Dr Hard­son Kwan­dayi

CEN­TRE for Teach­ing and Learn­ing Re­search (CTLR) seeks to pro­mote re­search cul­ture through teach­ing re­search meth­ods to stu­dents, in­di­vid­u­als, pro­fes­sion­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Our main aim is to pro­mote re­search cul­ture so that all ac­tive in­di­vid­u­als, stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions can use re­search to make more in­formed de­ci­sions as well as solv­ing their prob­lems. We be­lieve that re­search has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce bet­ter re­sults for in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions. In­deed, na­tions pros­per through re­search.

We pro­vide on­line and face-to-face re­search meth­ods and sta­tis­tics lessons to all those who need our ser­vices. Our in­struc­tional ap­proach is based on scaf­fold­ing to make teach­ing and learn­ing of re­search and sta­tis­tics sim­ple and en­joy­able.

We teach sec­ondary school stu­dents to un­der­stand ba­sic re­search meth­ods to en­able them to do re­search projects which are re­quired in new school cur­ricu­lum. In fact, re­search projects are not new in schools.

For ex­am­ple, “A” Ge­og­ra­phy stu­dents have been do­ing re­search projects in the past 30 years as part of their ex­am­i­na­tion re­quire­ments.

How­ever, re­search projects in other sub­jects are new so CTLR is there to as­sist sec­ondary school stu­dents to do their re­search projects in line with the new cur­ricu­lum. We also teach teach­ers to teach their stu­dents to do bet­ter re­search projects. Of course, our fo­cus is on stu­dents not teach­ers.

We also coach par­ents and their pupils to im­prove Grade Seven ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults.

We have noted that many par­ents leave most of the work to teach­ers. How­ever, given the de­mands of Grade Seven ex­am­i­na­tions, par­ents must be ac­tively in­volved in the learn­ing of their chil­dren at home. Us­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of other par­ents and Grade Seven learn­ers who ob­tained five units in the last Grade Seven ex­am­i­na­tion, CTLR is ready to coach par­ents to work with their chil­dren to en­hance their aca­demic per­for­mance.

For univer­sity stu­dents, we teach re­search meth­ods and sta­tis­tics up to PhD level. We also coach dis­ser­ta­tion writ­ing skills for all lev­els. Ad­di­tion­ally, we teach pro­fes­sion­als to use re­search to make in­formed de­ci­sions and poli­cies.

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