‘Island studies’ undescored in DepEd qualitative research workshop
posted 6-May-2018  ·  
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Knowing one’s roots strengthens one’s identity.

The Department of Education, Division of Catanduanes held a three-day seminar workshop on “Surfing the Island’s Breadth and Depth Through Qualitative Research Writing” focused on producing possible studies that would encapsulate the Catandungan way of life.

As emphasized by one of the resource speakers, Dr. Maria Edna R. Iñigo in her presentation on Pedagogy of Island Studies, “there is a need to conduct research anchored on island studies that will serve as reflections of our distinct identity as an island-province.”

“During the planning phase, our advocacy group suggested to DepEd  to thematically position this research workshop by giving focus to the island province of Catanduanes which is a prolific ground for researchable and worth publishing materials,” she added.

Iñigo said that most of the island’s unexplored assets include local literature, language, culture, religion, rituals, practices, and similar indigenous knowledge and resources.

“Exploring them through qualitative research could place them on top of the platform of consciousness not only among Catanduanganons but also among other Filipinos and even the global community, thus making the province enjoy the level of distinction and honor that it deserves as regards the richness of its heritage,” she said.

Believing that teachers have a “direct contact with the community,” Iñigo encouraged the participants to engage themselves and their students in community-based researches to immerse themselves in local realities that may also advertently and inadvertently affect education.

Along with Iñigo in the pool of speakers are her colleagues from the Catanduanes State University who like her are Doctor of Philosophy graduates, thus all share a strong synergy for research: Dr. Ramon Felipe T. Sarmiento (Ethnography), Dr. Joel Jordan (Phenomenology), Dr. Adem Nalu V. Rubio (Grounded Theory and Practical Tips for Documenting Research), and Dr. Jovert R. Balunsay (Content/Text Analysis).

They were joined by another speaker Dr. Ariel E. San Jose, a graduate of Doctor of Philosophy in Education major in Applied Linguistics and a native of Panganiban, Catandungan but now a Davao-based higher education faculty and researcher. He discussed the topics quantitative vs. qualitative researches,  interviewing/data analysis and processing, and case study research. Dr. San Jose is

Meanwhile, the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) of Catanduanes is expecting that the outcomes of the training workshop would further propel Department of Education (DepEd) schools to embrace a “culture of research” and that more studies would be conducted by teachers in the province.

In her message in the opening ceremonies, SDS Socorro V. Dela Rosa challenged the participants to imbibe the trend of educational research writing.

“We are trying to develop a community of researchers in this island-province,” Dela Rosa quipped, underscoring that the said seminar-workshop is a “productive forum for everyone” to ask questions about research writing.

The said event, as explained by Senior Education Program Specialist Aroline T. Borja, aims to familiarize teachers on the practices and trends in conducting qualitative research, to demonstrate competence and confidence in qualitative research writing and mentoring, to craft sample research topics, and to exhibit gained knowledge through meaningful presentation.

More than 170 elementary, junior and senior high school teachers from different schools in the division of Catanduanes participated in the event held at Amenia Beach Resort, Palawig, San Andres. (Ace John Tabuzo & Rodolfo Tomagan)


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