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The Seminar-Workshop on Outcomes-Based Education-General Education Curriculum (OBE-GEC) cum Qualitative Research held at CHED Regional Office-I, San Fernando City, La Union on May 15-16, 2016 was attended by Mr. Alex Q. Mendoza, Mrs. Maribel C. Iba?ez and Mrs. Maribel Gagto.

Dr. Brenda B. Corpuz, DepEd Consultant on K+12 and Curriculum Design Care of AUS-Aid, lectured on the OBE-GEC. She stressed the importance of “obedizing” the curriculum starting on the general education courses. She also emphasized the fact that institutional outcomes should be aligned to the program outcomes, to the course or subject outcomes, down to the learning outcomes. She remarked though that there is no prescriptive syllabus on the OBE-GEC and that the grading system should be revisited to jibe with the outcomes.

After the lecture on the OBE, participants were group according to the table where they belonged to work on a syllabus following the OBE-designed format. Group outputs were presented and the lecturer gave her constructive criticisms and comments.

The second topic was discussed by Dr. Greg T. Pawilen, Curriculum Consultant of Harris Memorial College, Weslayan University and National Council of Churches in the Philippines. He first gave a background on OBE before discussing Qualitative Research. He stressed the need to shift from quantitative research to qualitative research which is required in the OBE Curriculum. He also emphasized the difference between qualitative and quantitative research and as members of the academe, teachers should not only describe situations but also contribute ideas about the world; and this can only be achieved through the conduct of qualitative research.

Some participants who have conducted qualitative researches presented their outputs before the keen and critiquing mind of the resource speaker. Before the sessions were finally over, Dr. Teoticia C. Taguibao, Regional Director of CHED RO-I, rendered a rather long message and enjoined all teachers to explore the world through qualitative researches. (MCI)