Mindanao TEIs trained on Curriculum Quality Audit
Academic leaders of nine teacher education institutions (TEIs) that produce teachers for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) attended a workshop on Curriculum Quality Audit (CQA) on 18-20 July 2023 in Davao City.
Dr. Joy Hardy, Deputy Director of RCTQ’s research partner, the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England Australia, led the conduct of the three-day activity which enabled the participants to gain deep understanding and practice CQA processes using the professional standards for the development or revision of pre-service teacher education programs.
Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) Director General for Higher Education Marjuni Maddi visited the workshop on Day 2 where he encouraged the sharing of CQA best practices between higher education institutions that have already experienced the audit and those that are still learning to undertake it.
The TEIs that were represented were Lanao Agricultural College (Lanao del Sur); Mahardika Institute of Technology (Tawi-tawi); Notre Dame University (Cotabato City); Upi Agricultural College (Maguindanao); Lapak Agricultural College (Sulu); Regional Madrasah Graduate Academy (Maguindanao); Hadji Butu School of Arts and Trades (Sulu); Unda Memorial National Agricultural School (Lanao del Sur); and Balabagan Trade School (Lanao del Sur).
CQA specialists and academic leaders from the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in Zamboanga City were present to share their experience of being among the pioneering TEIs to partner with the RCTQ for the conduct of their own CQA in 2017.
Dr. Hardy said CQA brings many benefits to participating TEIs.
“These benefits include ensuring that pre-service teacher education programs prepare graduates to meet the requirements of the Beginning Teacher Career stage, overcoming gaps and redundancies in programs, capacitating teacher educators through course collaboration and dialogue, and publishing research based on the conduct of CQA,” Dr. Hardy said. “It is a powerful process for enhancing the overall quality of education and promoting student achievement.”
The workshop was an offshoot of the work on CQA done under RCTQ’s second project with the Australia-supported Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) program—Teacher Development in Higher Education: Technical Assistance for MBHTE Teacher Development in Higher Education. Under this project, CQA faculty development modules were developed following the contextualization of the CQA process and tools for the BARMM context.
Helen Juiani, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Mahardika Institute of Technology in Tawi-Tawi, shared how they are now able to realign their Bachelor of Elementary Education curriculum with their vision, mission, goals and objectives (VGMO) and the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST).
“We are now able to revisit and revise our teacher education curriculum so we can produce more quality teachers that can truly address the diverse and unique needs of Bangsamoro learners,” Ms Juiani said. “This is important because we are, after all, part of the BARMM.”
For Niño Michael Rodriguez, faculty member of the Upi Agricultural School in Maguindanao, the CQA workshop taught him to develop well-aligned syllabi for their Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Ed (BTLed) students.
“We have long wanted to be capacitated on syllabi development beyond complying with program outcomes in the policies, standards and guidelines (PSGs) set out by the Commission of Higher Education. We now know how to develop syllabi that are not only based on PSGs but are anchored on the PPST,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “This is what we need.”
The workshop intended to orient the TEIs in performing CQA on pre-service teacher education curriculum using the PPST to ensure that their curriculum is outcomes-based, K to 12 curriculum-aligned, and internationally comparable.
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