USC Tacori Research Methods Workshops Grow in Armenia
The mission of USC Institute of Armenian Studies is to provide the necessary tools and resources for students, instructors, and researchers in Armenia to enrich their work and integrate more deeply into global academic systems, including universities, conferences, and the publications.
In April 2022, professors and researchers from three Armenian universities came together for the first phase of a three-day hybrid seminar (remote and live) on research methods. The goal was not only to learn best practices in research methods, but also to learn how to teach research methodology to their own students. A few weeks later, the same teachers imparted their knowledge and skills and conducted their own training sessions for master’s level students from all over Armenia and Artsakh.
“The continuity, the sequence of subjects, conducted over two semesters multiplies the impact of the program not only in training students, but in training the instructors who will teach hundreds of students,” said Syuzanna Petrosyan, associate director of the ‘Institute.
How is it done? Dr. Artineh Samkian, Associate Professor at USC Rossier School of Education whose Ph.D. is in Social Research Methodology, from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, is the Institute’s lead partner in this endeavor. Meanwhile, on the ground in Armenia, Dr. Naira Sahakyan, a lecturer at the American University of Armenia and Yerevan State University and a researcher at the Genocide Museum-Institute, is coordinating the selection participating instructors and students.
“Dr. Samkian not only teaches research skills, but she also specializes in teaching how to teach, how to convey information, how to formulate a program,” Petrsoyan said.
The master’s students, hailing from Yerevan, Etchmiadzin, Vanadzor and Stepanakert, come from diverse academic backgrounds and find themselves at a crucial moment in their academic trajectory. The range of research interests includes post-Soviet education in Armenia, Turkey’s soft power, access to health care in the country, Qatar’s foreign policy in the Caucasus, Armenia in relations Russian-Azerbaijani, and much more.
This week, Dr. Samkian is in Armenia for a third seminar with instructors as well as students. The program is expected to continue on an ongoing basis and in partnership with different universities across the country.