Research and Evaluation
The Research and Evaluation Department at National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) is charged with conducting research to establish the effectiveness and relevance of the curriculum in place, and propose necessary reforms in case of any gaps. The department among other activities:
1. Conducts research and evaluation studies on curricula and education programmes.
2. Evaluates the effectiveness of instructional methods and techniques used in schools.
3. Liaises with academic departments at NCDC and other sister institutions to evaluate curricula in use.
4. Conducts research for use in curriculum planning and management.
5. Trains panel members in research methods and techniques. NCDC does most of its work through panels of technocrats selected from education institutions in various subject areas.
6. Collects and compiles data on curricula and all NCDC’s work.
Disseminates information and promotes general understanding of curriculum issues.
7. Provides library services and maintains a documentation unit.
Provides specialised research and evaluation support services to other academic departments at NCDC.
Recent Studies by the Department
A study of the competence-based teaching and learning approach was carried out to gather information on the possibility of adopting it in the O level curriculum in secondary schools in Uganda. The research was carried out in 25 secondary schools in Uganda selected according to regions i.e. Central, Eastern, Western, and Northern in 2009.
A needs assessment study to establish the essential laboratory chemicals and science equipment required in secondary schools in Uganda for effective teaching and learning of the Core Science subjects was done in March 2010.
The department of Research and Evaluation is engaged in:
Evaluation of the Thematic Curriculum
Evaluation of the Uganda Primary Four Curriculum (the Transitional Curriculum)
The department hopes to conduct a study on the effect of offering dual curricula to sections of primary school pupils.