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One with the trend

March 4,2016

Researchers from all over the world coming from the different fields of knowledge gathered together in Seoul, South Korea last January 5-7, 2016 to share and publish innovative research results. In the freezing temperature of -10°, the Asia Pacific International Conference on Education, Society and Psychology was a conference that was set-up to become a platform for educators, scholars, government officials, and business associates to exchange ideas and build knowledge. Luckily, I was one of those who were given the opportunity to discuss a research paper in front of the international crowd.  

In 2014, I started writing a paper on how to better address the difficulties of my students in class. I read about Just-in-time teaching and Peer Instruction, which are two of the most commonly used teaching methodologies in Physics abroad, and applied them in my classes. I took a leap of faith by submitting my paper to APCESP after the peer reviewing and editing done by the Institutional Research and Academic Development (IRAD) Office of SSC Manila, with the help of Prof. Elisa Limson.

I presented my paper entitled “Just-in-time Teaching and Peer Instruction: Determining and addressing students’ difficulties in Basic Nuclear Physics”. It was basically about the relationship between my students’ capability to self-study, to determine their own weaknesses, and to use those weaknesses as point of intervention and conceptual learning through peer interaction. The whole study was an attempt to test new ways of teaching my students difficult physics concepts without going through longer hours of classroom discussions. In this paper, I shared to the readers and audience my experience as a high school Physics teacher, and how my desire for my students to achieve more drove me into experimenting and putting to test my chosen teaching methodologies.

Most of the participants and other presenters were Asian educators, and many of them asked me about my personal experiences in teaching in a Benedictine School. A lot of them got curious about how well we Filipinos incorporate Catholic values in educating our young, and I felt proud that I had more to share to them than I first expected.

The conference has allowed me to see the areas of my research that needed improvement, and many other ways on how to expand the scope of the study to make it better. It was rather a humbling experience because I have definitely learned a lot of new things. I saw from the presentations of the other researchers that the world is continuously building knowledge on Science Education and Technology to better address that needs of the 21st century learners, and as part of the Scholastican community, I now know that we are not lagging behind.

By Mr. Rholeo O. VIrata, HS Faculty