Teaching, research and social transformation are the three main components of the academic enterprise. Teaching and research are not just about knowledge building but also have liberatory and emancipatory goals. They seek to improve people's lives and create a just social order. Both teaching and research therefore need to be critical and counter hegemonic voices. Over the last few decades, there has been an increasing awareness of and growing com¬mitment to research that can challenge traditional restrictions on knowledge construc¬tion and bridge research and activism. Consequently, this has brought about an awareness of and commitment to the need for engaging in collaborative community building for meaningful pedagogy, policy, and practice toward social transformation. These include action-oriented research, community-based par-ticipatory research, collaborative action research, feminist participatory research etc.
While one is expected to combine teaching and research in one's professional career, of late, there seems to be an increasing tension between teaching and research especially at the undergraduate level. The increased load of teaching as well as large classes coupled with continuous evaluation in the wake of the credit based semester system have imposed several burdens on the teacher leaving little time for pursuing research interests. The introduction of CAS has further eroded the quality of research engagements, for the emphasis on quantity (no of publications) has overtaken the concern for theoretical and methodological rigour.
How does one work towards building cultures of teaching and research that reflect a culture of mutually reinforcing roles and responsibilities that recognises the different aspects of being a teacher, researcher and scholar rather than seeing them in opposition to each other?
Srujan 2016 invites teachers to reflect on contemporary research paradigms within their respective fields of endeavour, the debates and dialogues on epistemology as well as issues of funding and quality of research and the different ways in which they have used their research insights to improve people's lives in communities. Outcome of the above can be in the form of Review articles/Research papers/ Survey analysis /or a Report. Length of the article should not exceed 5 printed pages. Details regarding formatting specifications and deadlines for submission will follow.
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