For Release Upon Receipt - April 27, 2011
On Friday 29th April 2011, The University of the West Indies will host two significant educational initiatives at the St. Augustine Campus. The Instructional Development Unit (IDU) will launch the Educational Research Association (ERA) and its journal the Caribbean Teaching Scholar, at the Office of the Campus Principal from 5 pm.
The proposed Educational Research Association (ERA) is an umbrella body which will focus on research in all educational areas and at all levels. The ERA will tap into local resources and expertise to advance a comprehensive research agenda, nationally and beyond. The ERA’s goal to promote a culture of the teacher as researcher, signifies an inclusive effort that embraces the development of the teaching professional from early childhood through graduate levels and across educational institutions, public and private, throughout the nation. Membership to the ERA is open to teaching practitioners at all levels and in all areas, within and outside of the UWI.
Concurrent with the launch of ERA is the launch of the Caribbean Teaching Scholar, which is essentially an electronically published peer reviewed journal that is focused on research and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The Caribbean Teaching Scholar has emerged out of the need to respond to the limited research and emergent theories about teaching and learning in the Caribbean context, as well as to provide the impetus for engaging practitioners in practice that is based on research and theory. The journal recognises the need to meet rigorous research standards that address the transparency, systemization and accountability issues, which are common characteristics of today’s educational arena. It moves beyond a parochial approach (largely underpinned by personal anecdotes and experience with little reference to research) to conceptualisation and practice of the teaching and learning discipline.
Educators, educational stakeholders and persons interested in education and educational issues are welcome to be part of these significant developments in the educational arena. Obtain further information on the ERA and the CTS, by contacting the Instructional Development Unit at 868-662-2002 ext. 2611.
Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.