Mangaluru: A two-day national conference was conducted by St Ann’s College of Education (autonomous), on February 22 and 23.
With a vision to make quality the defining element of higher education, the college organized a two-day national conference to provide a platform to researchers to discuss the status and challenges of paradigms and methodologies of educational research and contribute toward the progress of the respective disciplines in particular and education in general.
The conference was inaugurated by Sr Ida Barboza AC, secretary, The Apostolic Carmel Educational Society, St Ann’s Convent, here as the chief guest Dr Shefali Pandya, professor and dean, faculty of education, University of Mumbai, Mumbai as the guest of honour. The conference began with Plenary Sessions on themes of qualitative research in education, mixed research, inter-disciplinary research and information and communication technology in educational research. The resource persons Dr Shefali Pandya, professor and dean, faculty of education, University of Mumbai, Mumbai in her talk on qualitative research in education spoke on how students need to take up challenges and raise our standards high by conducting in-depth research. Dr K R Chandrashekar, professor, department of applied botany, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri in his session touched upon steps toward developing and conducting interdisciplinary research as well as opportunities and challenges. Dr G Vishwanathappa, professor, Regional Institute of Education, Mysuru in his session on Information and Communication Technology in Educational Research spoke on the various features of using ICT in research and updated the participants about the statistical softwares that can be used for data analysis.
There were around seventy paper presentations on the various sub-themes. The two-day conference gave an insight into new vision for educational research and venturing into future researches.
Professor S Nagendra Madhyastha, principal, Government College of Teacher Education, Mangaluru was the chief guest of the valedictory programme, Sr Edna Furtado AC, superior, St Ann’s Convent and joint secretary, St Ann’s College of Education, Mangaluru was the president for the valedictory programme. Few of the participants expressed their opinions and experiences that they cherished in these two days. The convener Dr Vijaya Kumari S N presented a report on an overview of the highlights and subsequent discussions held during the conference. Rose Pinto, associate professor, St Ann’s College of Education compered the session. Dr Flosy C D’Souza, associate professor and organizing secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
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