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Attitudes, Skills and Practices in Research of the Faculty of College of Education of Laguna State Polytechnic University LOS Baños Campus, Philippines: an action Research

Author Affiliations

  • 1Laguna State Polytechnic University, Los Baos Campus, Los Baos, Laguna, PHILIPPINES

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (7), Pages 29-32, July,14 (2015)

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the attitude, skills and practices in research of the faculty of the College of Education. It follows an action research design which tested the effectiveness of intervention programs in imbibing the culture of research among the faculty. A validated questionnaire measuring the attitude, skills and practices in research of the faculty was utilized. The respondents agreed that they would like to make more use of research in their teaching, that research is relevant to their teaching and it is valuable in improving teaching quality. However, the faculty-respondents were adamant about feeling alienated by the language of research, that there is too-much evidence based practice in teaching and that research is written for practitioners. A slight majority of the faculty read research to support their teaching practice. A great majority are not taking part in any research-based study leading to further qualifications which means that they are not active participants in concretizing research as one of the functions of a university. Majority have not undertaken any school-based action research of any kind. Interventions such as Mentoring the Mentors Program and conduct of research capability building were implemented. The mentoring program yielded a number of research proposals done by faculty in groups. Seminar-workshops about the research process enhanced the facultys knowledge and skills.

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