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The Academic Chair of the College of Education represented the Department in the 37th annual convention of the Philippine Association for Teacher Education or PAFTE. Attended by close to four hundred teachers and administrators from all over the country, the convention reeled off with the theme, “PAFTE: An Advocate of a Dynamic Research-Based and Unified Teacher Education and Development Program.” The convention was held on October 20-22 at the Oxford Hotel, Clark Field, Pampanga.

The controversial governor-elect of Pampanga, Gov. Ed Panlilio, a priest by vocation, welcomed the participants. Fr. Bienvinido T. Nebres, S.J., President of the Ateneo de Manila University and Chair of the Presidential Coordinating Task Force for Education, delivered the keynote speech.

The topic on “Benchmarking in Teacher Education” on the first day of the convention was made concrete by the sharing of experiences of educators who have had the chance of teaching or supervising education in other countries. Dr. Emma T. Melgarejo, President of St. Pedro Poveda College and adjunct professor of the University of Maryland, USA described the system of education in the said country. Dr. Hiroko Nagai, the Director of Japanese Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University, talked on the Japanese teacher education program. Mr. Tito Valiente, Professor of the same school shared his insights on the Japanese culture.

On the second day, Dr. Rosita Navaro, Dean Emeritus of Centro Escolar University and President Emeritus of PAFTE talked on the Scholarship of Research and the Scholarship of Teaching. Dr. Purita Bilbao, Chair of the research committee of PAFTE presented the research findings on the evaluation of the Field Study implementation while Dr. Brenda B. Corpus presented the research findings on the comparative study of LET and teaching performance of education and non-education graduates. The regional representatives also took turns in presenting the result for the evaluation of the Experiential Learning courses of each region.

Dr. Nenalyn P. Defensor – CHED commissioner, Dr. Beatriz G. Torno – Executive Director of the Teacher Education Council and Dr. Brenda B. Corpus gave the participants updates of the issues and concerns of the teacher education.

The morning of the third day was slated for the drafting and approval of resolutions for improving teacher education. One of the resolutions crafted was that of requiring an examinee who failed the LET three times to retake it after he/she shall have attended a refresher course.

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