It is the Consortium of Institutions and individuals for Research in Education. It is a self-managing network of educational bodies that play a substantive role in the field of educational research.
I-CORE aims at assembling a diverse coalition of partners to formulate questions worth asking, contribute to research which is relevant in the contemporary contexts, helps in understanding educational mechanisms, promotes holistic learning and highlights their policy implications worthy of action.
The consortium is proposed entirely as a voluntary effort with its secretariat at the CASE (Centre of Advanced Study in Education), Faculty of Education and Psychology M S University Baroda. The member institutions and individuals shall be required to contribute towards its activities. The CASE will further strengthen networking with the apex national agencies, such as, UGC, NCERT, NUEPA, AICTE, AIU, CIIL, EFLU, ICSSR, HBCSE and also at the international level with various institutions and agencies at Sweden, Germany, UK, USA, Australia, China, Thailand and all the SAARC countries.
I-CORE shall be a non-profit forum consisting of institutions organized and operated for educational and professional purposes. An institution shall be eligible for membership if it has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to a credible research program or to I-CORE 's goal to facilitate high-quality research providing core services (from development of research proposal to surveying previous researches to statistical analysis, and evaluation expertise). Specifically, the Consortium seeks to become an intellectual center that will maximize the potential of education researchers and foster the development of networks of collaboration and support among educationists.
About the CASE
The CASE is a leading institution engaged in the educational research since its inception in 1963. At different times it was headed by personnel who are considered authorities and pioneers for their work in respective fields.
It has promoted educational research, for M Ed. and Ph. D. degrees, as well as projects at national and state levels, drawing personnel from across the country. The quality of work brought out is highly appreciated and used as bench mark for assessing the work in different institutions within the country. The products of the CASE have occupied prominent positions in the premier institutions of India and at international level.
The broad goal of the I-CORE is to promote and strengthen quality research in education.
Our shared goal is to provide powerful tools for data-driven educational policy research, evaluation, and implementation.
It is dedicated to improving education through conducting and disseminating action and applied research and evaluation. By connecting the professional expertise and practical wisdom of educational practioners' with the research interests of university faculty, the research agenda could be set so that results are useful in decision-making and program development
The mission/goal of I- CORE is to engage key stakeholders and experts in high quality education research for the benefit of public education across the country. The consortium seeks to answer contemporary education policy questions. It shall provide research-based evidence to policymakers and administrators and inform its members on the national policy initiatives for improving education.
This is proposed to be carried through the processes of:
- contributing to the quality of research of the member institutions through mutual linking and sharing high - level knowledge and experience
- shaping the consortium as an influential, dynamic and responsive network that supports the individual and organizational interests of its members.
- representing the interests of the member institutions in international
Organizations and networks
To promote quality research in education through:
- meta-analysis of research studies undertaken in various fields and observe trends in the processes /approaches and findings of the studies.
- design of strategies for utilization of the findings in the fields related to policy formulation and implementation, improving effectiveness of teaching learning both in the synchronous and asynchronous modes, increasing efficiency of various educational procedures.
- promoting collaboration among different institutions/ agencies both within the country and abroad for undertaking multifaceted and multiagency researches and utilization of their findings with the aim of enhancing understanding of different concepts, theories and phenomena.
- providing a forum for exchange of information, holding discussions on the quality and relevance of studies and identification of priority areas for future research.
More specifically, functions of the I-CORE are envisaged as follows:
- Providing survey, statistical analysis, and evaluation expertise and services
- Supporting proposal development and stimulating proposals for external research funding
- Coordinating research infrastructure across institutional campuses and developing new, shared resources and services
- Providing training in research methodology and writing for grants
- Enhancing the visibility and impact of education research through publicity, advocacy, and outreach
In addition, I-CORE could take responsibility for all test development, data analysis and data management, and all quality assurance procedures.
I-CORE strategy is based on the simple idea that the exchange of information and expertise among professional educators gives added value to their own activities in terms of knowledge, efficiency, effectiveness and the growing dimensions of educational research for development.
I-CORE would unite nation's top research institutions in an effort to improve student learning through research on education reform and policy.
- The emphasis would be on mapping issues, identifying research gaps and developing research relations within the consortium and other stakeholders.
- A series of cross national and thematic reviews would be developed to
aid selection of relevant research problems.
- An extensive annotated bibliography would be developed and made
- Partners would be encouraged to produce framework research plans
- I-CORE would promote activities such as study visits and meetings of experts in order to stimulate the sharing of information and experiences.
- I-CORE would also organize international collaborative projects that could function as input for research and development in the Indian contexts. The collaborative projects that are initiated by the members would be encouraged.
In this way I-CORE would ensure the mobilization and circulation of high-level knowledge and information amongst its members.
Working of the I-CORE
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) under supervision of its elected president shall decide on the strategic plan and the admission of members. The AGM would also elect the Board and makes policy decisions.
The funds could come from the grants and projects undertaken by the consortium.
The members would receive following benefits:
- Abstracts of researches undertaken and brief information about the investigators.
- Data base of researches already completed.
- Information on the recent and leading researches, and trends in different fields.
- Information on the Governmental policies, schemes and projects including appraisals-mid term and final.
- Guidance on the research work- proposals, approaches, analysis procedures and presentation of the findings under a scheme of mentoring by the senior professionals.
- Publications including proceedings of the meetings.
The Board under supervision of its elected chairman shall put forward the topics to be discussed and agreed by the AGM. It would implement resolutions and look after the interests of I-CORE during the periods in between the meetings of the AGM.
The Secretariat shall be responsible for the administrative and financial operations, publicity and organizational tasks. Furthermore, the secretariat would be responsible for:
- programme coordination,
- promotion of communication and contacts among institutions,
- promotion of I-CORE as a knowledge network in relation to external institutions, and
- support to the design of a long-term policy and annual plan of activities.
I-CORE's main PR and communication tool would be its website. The website would contain information on members (institutions and individuals) and collaborative projects. I-CORE's newsletter, would contain information about forthcoming activities, events and seminars. It shall also cover developments in member institutions, new projects, etc.