Searca enlists UPLB faculty for online research methods training


The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (Searca) is conducting an online training course on Research Designs and Methods for Higher Education Institutions (Research4HEI) in the Philippines drawing on the faculty of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

Recognizing the need to develop faculty members and researchers in Philippine institutions of higher learning, the Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture in Southeast Asia partners with the Philippine Commission on Institutions institutions to organize an online training course on research designs and methods for HEIs in the Philippines. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The center said the online training course is in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CHEd) to provide HEI faculty members and researchers with more advanced skills in developing designs and well-planned research methods to generate evidence effectively and efficiently.

The Research4HEIs was organized and coordinated by Searca’s Department of Education and Collective Learning – Development Training Unit or ECLD-T4DU) with assistance from the Management Information Systems Unit or MISU.

The 10-week online training course started on February 14 and will run until March 11, 2022, through the Searca Online Learning and Virtual Engagement or SOLVE platform with 26 participants from 23 HEI members of the Association of Universities and state colleges of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines Inc. or SUC-ACAP Inc.

Searca said the training course is designed to build participants’ ability to develop a research framework focused on their goals/hypotheses with a deep understanding of the situations/conditions under which they must conduct their research.

He said a major output of Research4HEIs is a reintegration action plan which includes the development of a research proposal. This gives the participant the opportunity to apply the learnings and skills acquired during the training to solve specific and practical problems related to their area of ​​interest or specialization, for which they will receive constructive and academic feedback.

The designated training coordinator was Dr. Maria Ana Quimbo, Professor 12 of the Institute of Governance and Rural Development at UPLB, College of Public Affairs and Development.

The co-facilitators are 13 faculty members – all experts in the fields of quantitative and qualitative research methods from the Institute of Statistics and the Department of Social Sciences of the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences.


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