The Centre for Educational Research, Collaboration, & Development (CERCD), formerly known as the Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit (SIDRU), is the reimagined research unit based in the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. The Centre supports the growth and development of educational researchers and research communities in conducting educational research and development projects that are meaningful to and serve the needs of diverse communities in local, provincial, national, and/or international contexts. CERCD is supported by world-class scholars who utilize a wide array of contemporary and innovative methods and methodologies.
Since 1985, faculty members have conducted research and engaged in development activities that contribute to improvement of the quality of education in Saskatchewan through the following: research, curriculum and instruction development, consultative services, publication of reports on research findings, methodological approaches and critical reviews, program evaluation, facilitation of collaborative problem solving, provision of research opportunities, and securing project funding. Faculty members have been involved in a number of innovative projects, many of which were/are funded by external organizations including but not limited to Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian International Development Association (CIDA), the Stirling McDowell Foundation, the Ministry of Education, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).
The Centre adheres to the guiding principles of the Faculty of Education’s mission and vision statements, with a strong emphasis on the following: the enhancement of teaching and learning; an overarching focus on Indigenization and decolonization; the pursuit of a more equitable and just society; the development of engaged citizens; and the respectful and critical engagement in local, provincial, national, and international communities.