Some of the participants at the orientation for TEI presidents or their representatives on 28 September 2020.

Ten teacher education institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanaao (BARMM) signified their interests to participate in a mapping study that will describe and elaborate their pre-service teacher training.

Presidents or representatives of the  Mindanao-based TEIs attended the orientation from the RCTQ project team on 28 September via Zoom where they expressed their willingness to participate in the study. The names of the institutions are withheld following RCTQ’s Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Research.

As part of the preliminary activities, the project team requested the participating TEIs to participate in an online survey, allow their education faculty members to be interviewed, and to nominate researchers from their institutions to support the project team.

Dr. Milabel Ho, former president of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the project’s senior adviser, said the participation of the TEIs in the study is very crucial because they hold the significant data that the project team needs in order to understand  pre-service teacher education in TEIs that produce teachers for the schools in the BARMM.”

“At the same, the TEIs will greatly benefit from sharing their data, because from the results of the study, they will be able to identify their rooms for improving their teacher eductaion program vis-a-vis the international benchmarks of teacher quality,” Dr. Ho said.

The study is supported by the Australian government through its Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) program and managed by RCTQ with its partner research institution, the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England (UNE) in Australia.

On 18 August 2020, the Philippine Normal University and UNE forged partnerships with the Mindanao State University (MSU) and WMSU through a ceremonial signing of memoranda of understanding (MOU) for the conduct of the study. MSU President Dr. Habib W. Macaayong and WMSU President Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena are currently assisting the project team.

RCTQ will work in profiling the pre-service training of the participating TEIs; the academic programs they offer, specifically the approaches to K-3 teaching; and will recommend how the Pathways program can constructively engage with TEIs and schools in the region.

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Ten teacher education institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanaao (BARMM) signified their interests to participate in a mapping study that will describe and elaborate their pre-service teacher training. Presidents or representatives of the  Mindanao-based TEIs attended the orientation from the RCTQ project team on 28 September...