Insights into a Teacher Education Sustainability

Carlos Andam By Carlos Andam, 18th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/33qf8pha/
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Sustaining teacher education for the elementary and secondary levels is becoming a great challenge to all educational leaders. Read on to find out the results of a research undertaking recently concluded.

Research forum

In a recent research forum organized by the College of Teacher Education of the Laguna State Polytechnic University main campus on 12 March 2015, there were 12 papers representing completed researches and one of them provided insights on the sustainability of the present teacher education. No other than the present Dean of the College of Teacher Education (CTE), Dr. Lucita G. Subillaga, the Director of Curriculum Instruction Development and Quality Assurance, Dr. Zenaida O. Vitasa, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mario C. Pasion, composed the researchers of the said study. They said “quality assurance can only be achieved if the institution per se has to take initiatives to transform its system to achieve such goal” of sustaining or even improving further the production of quality teachers and educational leaders with global perspective.

The challenge & data source

Can the College meet the challenge? Their study was based on 30 CTE faculty members and 120 students as respondents and on two major parameters evaluated, the level of academic strengths and level of quality assurance.

Major findings

In terms of academic strengths like administrative strength, the respondents were in strong agreement that they compensate the salary receives to the work they render to the university, maximizes the use of classrooms and other university facilities, maximum faculty load as well as use of funds according to budgetary priorities.

“Adopting relevant strategies appropriate to the learners of the 21st century” is a remarkable faculty indicator and in fact, the respondents are in strong agreement with that indicating that CTE is already there in attuned with the practices and evolving standards of the current century.

In terms of non-academic strengths like community and research services, the respondents strongly agree on their community services like LET review assistance to alumni. While their other community activities may have just fairly scored, their research activities has picked up tremendously. Under the present deanship of Dr. Subillaga, almost all faculty members of the College presented their research contribution during their recent inhouse review. To be exact, there are 29 regular faculty members of the College and all of them are actively into research undertaking. This is a very important sustainability indicator considering that all state colleges and universities in the Philippines are mandated to perform the four functions including instruction, extension, production, and research – the less attractive function to faculty members in general.

On the quality assurance dimension of teacher education in LSPU main campus, there is a growing trend that CTE’s direction is toward the pursuance of the production of quality teachers for the 21st century.

For instance, in terms of the level of quality assurance as to effectiveness, the respondents strongly agree that to continue to improve is to pursue graduate education for professional growth and advancement. There is no substitute for this, of course, as the College is offering both baccalaureate and graduate programs.

The level of quality assurance as to level of efficiency indicated strong agreement with the respondents implying that there is efficiency in the way the CTE as an organization is being run at the moment. The authors of the paper interpreted that the respondents’ score of 4.75 “means that the respondents strongly agree that quality assurance in terms of efficiency have quality output”. By and large, this is one of the very important requisite of sustainability in a teacher education programs.

The respondents believe that Pre-LET exam corresponds to curriculum content learned indicating that there is coherence in the teaching-learning process. Recently, the performance of new graduates of the College for both elementary and secondary teachers education was way above the national passing percentage.

The research report of Dr. Subillaga, Dr. Vitasa and Dr. Pasion went beyond determining effectiveness, efficiency and coherence but relevance of the University’s teacher education programs. Can easily get jobs, good interpersonal skills and make his/her own application letter were all “given remarks of strongly agree and highly relevant” by the respondents.

The results on the level of academic strengths as to university and students indicated some areas for improvement as the respondents moderately agreed on the items posted for them to rate. For instance, “the university provides equipment to enhance student learning, supports the students need for hands-on facilities for curricular enhancement”, and prioritizing “state-of-the-art learning equipment for students’ exposure…”, giving “proper guidance to students to provide them with directions on career path” as well as updating of “academic records of students....”

Concluding remarks

In general, “the findings reveals that the academic strength as faculty, administration, university and students and non-academic strengths as to community and research services were contributory factors for the quality assurance of the college in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and relevance for the college sustainability”, their research report concluded.

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Education Ideas, Education Sustainability, Education Tips, Laguna, Quality Assurance, Teacher Education

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author avatar Lucita G. Subillaga
20th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you for having a part of this website....

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author avatar Lucita G. Subillaga
20th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you for having a part of this website....

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Dec 2015 (#)

I hope you enjoyed reading the article.

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author avatar Rogacion u. villanueva
21st Nov 2015 (#)

wow !nice article Dr. Carlos Andam , write some more. Thanks....

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for your comment!

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author avatar LBMendoza
27th Nov 2015 (#)

Very true!
However, some teachers who are pursuing graduate studies (MAEd/PhD) admit that they are just taking the degree for promotion purposes rather than personal academic growth and research skills.

Go for ISO :)

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author avatar Carlos Andam
4th Dec 2015 (#)

You said it right, thanks for your comments!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
29th Dec 2015 (#)

I find genuine pleasure really readng your very informative article. Hope to see more of your post this comng year 2016.

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