Category Archives: 2021

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PROFICIENCY OF TEACHERS

This descriptive study focused on the information and communication technology proficiency of P. A. Cuaycong Elementary School teachers. The respondents were the thirty-two (32) teachers who were chosen at random from the total of thirty-four (34). The level of ICT proficiency in the areas of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel of the teacher respondents were assessed using a researcher-made questionnaire. The validity and reliability of which was established by five competent panel of evaluators chosen for the purpose. The frequency count, mean, and standard deviation were employed as statistical tools. The t-test was used for inferential statistics at 0.05 level of significance. Findings revealed that the level of ICT proficiency of teachers at P.A. Cuaycong Elementary School, when taken as a whole and when grouped according to subject, was High.

Keywords: Information, Communication, Technology, Proficiency.

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CHILD PROTECTION PRACTICES AND CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The purpose of this study was to see if how far child protection procedures and classroom discipline had progressed in primary schools. In this study, the descriptive research method was applied. It included the 118 teachers of the different schools of the district of Don Salvador Benedicto, Division of Negros Occidental, who were randomly selected. The instrument used was validated by experts and put through reliability testing for teachers who were not the actual respondents of the study. The frequency counts and percentage, mean, standard deviation, t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and Pearson product-moment correlation were used for data interpretation. Findings revealed that the child protection practices of teachers when taken as a whole and when grouped according to areas such as physical and cognitive protection and helping abused pupils was the very great extent, while in maximizing child protection and psychological protection, the result was the great extent. Moreover, classroom discipline practices were of great extent when taken as a whole and in terms of classroom discipline, while on the other hand, absenteeism and tardiness were interpreted as a very great extent. Furthermore, there was no significant difference in terms of the aforementioned variables between the level of child protection methods and the extent of classroom punishment.

Keywords: Child Protection Practices, Classroom Discipline.

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CULTURALLY-DIVERSE STUDENTS’ LIVED EXPERIENCES IN ENGLISH AS LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

This hermeneutic phenomenological inquiry described the lived experiences of culturally-diverse students (CDSs) in using English as a language of instruction (ELI). The study employed purposeful sampling to identify the ten participants from a state university in the Philippines. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather enriching data from the participants. The content experts validated the interview questions. A trial interview was conducted to ensure the credibility and validity of the results. Thru Thematic Analysis, the CDSs’ lived experiences centered on six relevant themes: Differentiated languages of instruction, Teachers’ competencies and challenges, Substantial influence of English, Inspiring students’ learning habits, Demotivational problems in English, and Enduring communicative competence.

Keywords: English, Lived Experiences, Language of Instruction, Culturally-Diverse Students, Phenomenology.

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CONSTRUCTIVISM IN TEACHING AND LEARNING: WHAT ARE TEACHER EDUCATORS’ PERCEPTIONS?

The present study was conducted to know the teacher educators’ perceptions towards the constructivist approach. To collect the data, a self-constructed tool (Perceptions of teachers towards Constructivist approach scale) was administered on a sample of 150 teacher educators of government and private teacher education Institutions of District Aligarh of U.P. The obtained data were analyzed by using Percentage, t-test, and 2X2 Factorial Design ANOVA. This study revealed that teacher educators of the government Institutions have better Perceptions towards the constructivist approach than their private Institutions counterparts. Whereas female teacher educators of the government Institutions have very good perceptions towards the constructivist approach in comparison to their male counterparts. Further, this study also revealed that there is a significant main effect of gender and types of Institutions on perceptions of teacher educators, but there is no significant effect of interaction between gender and types of Institutions on perceptions of teacher educators towards the constructivist approach.

Keywords: Constructivist Approach, Perceptions, Teacher Educators and Teacher Education Institutions.

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RESEARCH CAPABILITY AND MANAGERIAL COMPETENCE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

This study aimed to determine the research capability and managerial competence of public school administrators. Employing a descriptive research design, the respondents of the study were the twenty-five public school administrators in the District of Enrique B. Magalona, Division of Negros Occidental, during the school year 2017-2018. The survey instrument used was validated by experts and undergone reliability testing. The researcher did the administration and retrieval of the instrument. Statistical tools used were the frequency count, percentage, mean and standard deviation. Findings showed that research capability was high when taken as a whole and grouped according to age, sex, position, educational attainment, administrative experience, school category, and training attended. Moreover, managerial competence was very high when taken as a whole and grouped according to the variables mentioned above. The findings provided the basis for proposing an enhancement program that may improve their performance as public school administrators and provide the key to more development programs.

Keywords: Managerial Competence, Research Capability, Public School Administrators, Performance, Enhancement Program.

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MOBILE FITNESS APPLICATIONS AND GYM EXERCISES OF FIRST-YEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS

The study employed a quasi-experimental non-equivalent pre-test-post-test design which determined the effectiveness of mobile fitness applications and gym exercises in enhancing the health-related fitness performance of the first-year college students of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College for A.Y. 2019-2020. An experimental group with ten students was exposed to mobile application exercises, while the control group with ten students was exposed to gym exercises. The standardized Philippine Physical Fitness Test was used to assess the students’ physical fitness performance. t-test for dependent sample and Wilcoxon tests were used to obtain the difference between pre-test and post-test fitness performances of the two groups, while the Mann-Whitney U test was used to attain the difference in the mean gain of the students’ fitness performance after using the two exercises. The study revealed that mobile fitness application exercise is as effective as gym exercises in enhancing the health-related fitness performance level of the students.</p.

Keywords: Mobile Fitness Applications, Gym Exercises, First-Year College Students, Health-related Fitness, Fitness Performance.

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CONTRIBUTION OF COMPUTER SIMULATION IN CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE

Learners have alternative conceptions about scientific phenomena when they enter in the class room and these ideas affect how the corresponding scientific explanations are learned. Simulation is a powerful tool that could be of great benefit to learning and a very important element in the design of innovative learning environments, centered on the needs of the learners and integrating technologies at the right time and for the right activity. Computer simulation has a great potential for the enhancement of the teaching and learning of science concepts. Computer simulations facilitate the learning of abstract concepts and provide interactive, authentic and meaningful learning opportunities for learners. In addition to that, through simulations learners get instant feedback and also would have the chance to make observations (Bell & Smetana, 2008). The purpose of this paper was to investigate the contribution of a computer simulation in the field of science and how computer simulation brings improvement in conceptual understanding of science concepts.

Keywords: Computer Simulation, Conceptual Understanding, Science.

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PREPAREDNESS TO ENGINEERING PROGRAMS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS OF GRADE 12 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) STUDENTS

This descriptive-comparative study investigated the mathematics performance of the outgoing Grade 12 students of a university in Bacolod City and their preparation to tackle the mathematics of the engineering programs in college. A 30-item researcher-made questionnaire based on the subjects, pre-calculus and basic calculus was validated by three subject experts and reliability tested by Grade 12 students who were not part of the study. Stratified proportionate random sampling was used to the 137 respondents under the engineering cluster for the academic year 2019-2020. Mean, standard deviation, -test for independent samples, one-way analysis of variance and Post Hoc Analysis were the statistical tools used to analyze the results. It was found out that preparedness of the students to engineering Mathematics was not at the expected level although their academic performance was very satisfactory. Results showed that students were not that prepared to the mathematics of the college engineering programs. Those students whose grades were 85 and above in their mathematics subjects during their Grade 10 were more prepared to mathematics engineering programs than those with grades below 85. Thus, it is necessary that students should really be mathematically-prepared if they want to take up engineering programs in college.

Keywords: Mathematics Performance, Academic Performance, Preparedness of Students, Mathematics of Engineering Programs.

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THE IMPACT OF CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON TEACHER’S PERFORMANCE: A CASE STUDY AMONG TEACHERS IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN DUBAI

This study aimed to explore the impact of continuous professional development on teachers’ performance. In particular, it explored teacher’s experiences in a private school in Dubai. Social development theory and organizational development theory were supportive to form relevant understanding needed to develop the study. Supportive related studies were explored that are well situated in the topic explored. The data was collected using a survey questionnaire among 150 teachers in a private school in Dubai. The participants in the study were selected using random sampling technique. The collected data was analyzed using descriptive statistics along with correlation and regression analysis. The findings indicated significant impacts of continuous professional development and increase in teachers’ performance. Based on findings, it is recommended to widely implement continuous professional development that will enhance teachers’ performance. It is also recommended to enrich the professional development programs by setting lofty standards. The case study is the limitations of the study as it only offered insights on the case studied, which may or may not be similar in other cases. Therefore, it is suggested to consider multiple cases in future.

Keywords: Continuous Professional Development, Teacher’s Performance, Dubai, UAE.

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LEARNING STYLES AND ENGLISH PROFICIENCY OF ZOOMER ENGINEERING STUDENTS

The study investigated the dominant learning styles and English proficiency of Zoomer Engineering students who were selected randomly through stratified sampling. The respondents were from Electronics Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs of the first and second year levels enrolled in the third term of the Academic Year 2019-2020 from one of the universities in Northern Negros Occidental. An adopted visual, auditory, read/write and kinesthetic VARK Model standardized questionnaire and English First Standardized Education English Test EFSET free online English proficiency index which were tested reliable using Cronbach Alpha were utilized. Descriptive research was employed and the data were analyzed through a Statistical Tool Software. Chi-Square was used to find the significant difference in the dominant learning styles of the respondents and T-test was used to find the significant difference in the level of their English proficiency. Thus, the study revealed that the dominant learning style was significant to sex. The study findings also confirmed that kinesthetic and multi-styles were significant predictors of the level of English proficiency. It is therefore recommended that an intervention program on Electronics Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs be proposed to develop the English proficiency of Zoomer Engineering students.

Keywords: Learning Styles, English Proficiency, Zoomer, VARK Model, EFSET.

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