Research at CIE

The articles below provide examples of current and recent research activities associated with CIE.  Research takes a variety of forms including: Master’s capstone projects, doctoral dissertation research, faculty research, and research undertaken as part of funded development projects.  CIE encourages the synergy which occurs when research applies conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the task of understanding real world problems.

 

The researchers and the topics reflect the diversity of topics being studied as well as the world-wide locations in which the research is carried out.  For a look at the past work of many more Master’s and Doctoral students, as well as research in multiple projects, visit the CIE site on UMass Scholarworks where all documents can be downloaded for free.


The Challenges of Implementing Quality Assurance in Afghanistan Universities – Javid Mussawy

This study examines factors that influence the implementation of quality assurance and accreditation (QAA) policy at teaching universities in Afghanistan. The research uses sensemaking and sensegiving (Weick, 1995) as a theoretical lens to analyze and interpret policy enactment at public Higher Education Institutions.

 

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50 years of Doctoral Dissertations at CIE

In September of 2019, CIE published the 7th edition of its Dissertation Abstracts, a compilation of the abstracts of all dissertations completed by students associated with CIE since its founding in 1969.

 

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Reform of China's National College Entrance Exam - Mei Lan Frame

This study examines the gaokao (高考), China’s National College Entrance Exam (NCEE), in the context of government reforms designed to change the disadvantages of a system where “one’s fate (life) is determined by one examination” (从根本上解决一考定终身的弊端).

 

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Debutant INGO’s Participating in Guatemala’s National Reading Program – Jacob Carter

This study examines how international NGOs are participating in the Leamos Juntos reading program in Guatemala and what factors affect their participation. Guatemala is a multiethnic country where over 24 indigenous languages (Maya, Xinca and Garifuna) are spoken along with Spanish. Central to understanding the dynamics of NGOs working in Guatemala is their historical relationship to the State.

 

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Sustaining Peace from Campus to Community in Indonesia - Julia Novrita

The research grows out of a program that promotes reconciliation between Muslim and Christian students at Pattimura State University, Ambon in the province of Maluku, Indonesia

 

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Worldwide University Network Grant for College of Ed Faculty

Four UMass, Amherst faculty, Chrystal George Mwangi (principal investigator), Sangeeta Kamat, Jonique Childs and Enobong Branch, were recently awarded a grant through Worldwide University Network (WUN) to conduct an international study on “Researching Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success: Towards a Global Campus Climate.”

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Personal and Community Transformation in Rural Colombia – Stephanie Pirroni

This study examines an education for development initiative called Preparation for Social Action (PSA) being implemented in the Caribbean Coastal region of Colombia.

 

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Interfaith Education and Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria - Ezekiel Babagario

Ezekiel BabagarioThis research study examined an interfaith education (IFE) pilot program as a tool for peacebuilding in Kaduna City in Northern Nigeria. The researcher analyzed the perceptions and experiences of students, religious education teachers and parents with the IFE pilot project that was introduced in their schools and communities.

 

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Two CIE Master’s Projects in Top Ten Downloads from UMass Scholarworks

Scholarworks CircleThe Master's capstone projects of two graduates from CIE are in the top ten most frequent downloads from the nearly 48,000 papers on the UMass Scholarworks site.

 

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Education in Syrian Refugee Camps in Iraq – Jenn Flemming

Jenn Flemming, a current doctoral candidate, lead a team of researchers conducting an educational needs assessment in four Syrian refugee camps in Iraq, as part of the design process for a pilot, non-formal, technical secondary education project.

 

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