To respond to the need of the Department of Education’s drive to improve the quality of teaching, ING and UNICEF Philippines, in partnership with Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s (ADZU) The SUGPAT Program, designed the GoALS Program, a capacity development program for Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers on instructional materials development and action research.

Four months into the Action Research Course of the GoALS Program, the 12 ALS implementers who are fellows of the program are now halfway through their research journey. 

Led by Dr. Marjorie Emmanuel from the School of Education of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, the fellows of the course worked on the next chapters of their action research.

In the past two months, the fellows created their Review of Related Literature (RRL) and selected appropriate methods for their research. 

“The past weeks for us was a struggle because we need to read more for our RRL, also because it’s time for the revalidation of ALS portfolios. But I just keep pushing!” ALS mobile teacher Lovern Raagas said. 

After their module on Selecting Appropriate Methods, the fellows shall prepare for their concept paper presentation, where they will present their research titles and defend them to the panelists. 

ALS Teachers Develop Instructional Materials

The Instructional Materials Development Course equips 20 ALS teachers from Zamboanga Peninsula in a 7-month course that will guide them to understand curriculum designing and current educational practices.

Now in its fourth month, the fellows of the course underwent their fourth and last module on Developing Modular Instruction under the facilitation of Dr. Anita Tagadiad.

Dr. Tagadiad introduced the concepts of an Activity Based Learning (ABL) Plan, and in the following months, the teachers are set to develop these ABL Worksheets for ALS. 

“Always aspire to make a difference,” Dr. Anita closed her final module with the ALS teachers with an inspiring message.

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