Effectiveness of a state university extension program on pedagogical action research
Keywords:capacity building, university social responsibility, pedagogical action research
This paper described the effectiveness of the training program as extension project of a state university titled “Mindful Change: A Capacity Building Program for Pedagogical Action Research”. The action research cycle was adopted in the design, implementation and evaluation of the program. Two hundred and forty-three basic education teachers in the Province of Sorsogon, Philippines were trained in 2020 and 2021. Results from t-tests showed that the 2020 training sessions were successful at improving the action research competencies of the participants. Furthermore, the 2020 project titled “Action Research in Education: A Methodological Approach” was rated “very satisfactory” and the 2021 project titled “Learning Theories for Pedagogical Action Research: A Critical Review” was rated “outstanding”. Hence, the extension program of the state university was effective at improving the competency level of basic education teachers. It is recommended to focus the third cycle of the program on action research dissemination.
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