WES 2012 :: Inquiry Learning Projects: Organizing Themes and Sample Units for Philippine Progressive Schools

WES Track: School Track

Title of Paper: Inquiry Learning Projects: Organizing Themes and Sample Units for Philippine Progressive Schools
Author Name: Juliet Aleta Villanueva
Email: j.aleta.villanueva@upou.edu.ph
Organization: University of the Philippine Open University
Address:  AA5 Unit 203 Hardin ng Rosas UP Campus Diliman QC, Quezon City. 110, Philippines

Abstract:

Coherent inquiry learning happens through projects with organizing themes and concepts which make for meaningful teaching with and learning among children. This paper presents the organizing themes of the Builders\’ School, a small progressive school in the Philippines. The organizing themes were inspired by UNESCO\’s Four Pillars of Learning which allows for learning projects attuned to Philippine History, Culture and Global Citizenship. Chosen learning projects are identified across the grades, with big ideas and key concepts to make learning to learn skills happen through a cycle of inquiry. The paper shall briefly trace the roots of the key features of the school program and how the progressive philosophy provides a solid foundation for innovative approaches such as inquiry and project based learning. It presents sample learning projects implemented among the primary and upper gradeschoolers at the Builders\’ School. The study provides a framework through which other local schools in the Philippines can do project based learning with topics suited to the context of Filipino learners.

Brief Biodata of Presenter:

Aleta is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), handling online courses with the Faculty of Education. She is also Program Chair of the Associate in Arts Degree at UPOU. Aleta has been a gradeschool teacher most of her life and a co-founder of the Builders\’ School, a small progressive school in the Philippines. As curriculum consultant, she crafts Social Studies inquiry learning projects, and handles online and curriculum documentation. Aleta earned her Bachelor of Elementary Education and Masters in Community Development at the University of the Philippines and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies. Her current research interests are: curriculum integration and inquiry learning, K-12 hybrid schools, virtual communities and platforms for blended online teaching and learning.

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