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 issues being studied as well as the world-wide locations in which CIE carries out research.  For a look at the past work of many other 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.
 


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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Bjorn Nordtveit Editorial on Data Sharing

Bjorn Nordtveit, the editor of the Comparative Education Review, published an editorial on data sharing in the February 2018 issue.

 

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Graduate Students Awarded Summer Research Fellowships

The Graduate School at UMass Amherst, supports greater diversity and inclusion in non-STEM fields by offering summer fellowships for graduate students working toward their doctoral dissertation.

 

The Graduate School also offers competitive Predissertation Grants.to give early career graduate students the opportunity to evaluate the feasibility of planned dissertation research, generate pilot data, or establish the necessary networks to carry out planned dissertation research.

 

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Gallery Walk – Current Graduate Student Research

Each year the College of Education sponsors a Gallery Walk where graduate students present their current research activities through posters. Visitors walk through the hall where the posters are hung, pausing in front of those that spark their interest to ask questions and talk with the students who are there to explain their research. Among the presenters were two students in international education whose posters reported on research based on fieldwork in other countries

 

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Michael Acosta Selected as Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Kosovo

Michael Acosta received a Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship in Spring 2017 to work with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo for the coming year. His work will focus the challenges faced in integrating minority groups such as ethnic Serbs, Roma, Kosovar-Egyptians, and Ashkali into the public school system.

 

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Global Citizenship Education: Implications for teacher education – Vaibhav Jadhav

At the Tuesday Dialogue on February 14, 2017, CIE heard from Dr Vaibhav Jadhav from Pune University, India, on the research he has been conducting during his time as a Visiting Scholar at CIE and the College of Education, UMass Amherst.

 

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Studying the use of Accelerated Education principles in Kenya and Sierra Leone

During January 2017, CIE second year Master’s student Kayla Boisvert and doctoral student Jenn Flemming conducted research for the inter-agency Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), looking at implementation of the AEWG’s 10 key principles for accelerated education programs (AEPs).

 

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