Some participants of the semi-structured interviews for the Mapping Study of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with the project team and TEI-nominated researchers.

A total of nine education deans and 45 college instructors teaching Bachelor of Elementary Education in 10 teacher education institutions (TEIs) in Mindanao participated in RCTQ-organized semi-structured interviews conducted virtually from October to November 2020 to elicit qualitative data for the Mapping Study of TEIs serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The interviews formed part of the data gathering activities for the mapping study which was designed to help explore the quality of pre-service programs. The study also seeks to identify the development of and support for pre-service teacher education and provide a better understanding of the status of basic education in Mindanao.

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. It is also supported by the Department of Education, and the Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE).

The mapping study was driven by the dearth of data that highlights pre-service teacher training which could inform the improvement of teacher education programs in the region, particularly the approaches to K to 3 teaching in the selected TEIs serving the BARMM.

On 28 September 2020, presidents and representatives of the  10 TEIs attended the orientation from the RCTQ project team where they expressed their willingness to participate in the study.

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 schools in the BARMM.”

The interviews, held on November 3-5, 10-11 and 18, 2020, were assisted by researchers nominated by the participating TEIs as part of the research team.

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A total of nine education deans and 45 college instructors teaching Bachelor of Elementary Education in 10 teacher education institutions (TEIs) in Mindanao participated in RCTQ-organized semi-structured interviews conducted virtually from October to November 2020 to elicit qualitative data for the Mapping Study of TEIs serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous...