The UP College of Education held the National Conference on Research in Teacher Education (NCRTE) 2015 at the Benitez Theatre, UP College of Education last October 22-24, 2015.
This year’s conference, with the theme “Internationalization of Teacher Education in the ASEAN 2015 Integration”, presented an excellent opportunity for teacher educators and practitioners to discuss evidence-based educational practices and issues. It served as a venue for the exchange of views and perspectives on how teacher education in the Philippines can position itself in the ASEAN integration.
The conference had for its keynote speaker Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela, the Deputy Director for Programs of the SEAMEO Secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand. She highlighted that it is essential for teacher education institutions to take an active role in transforming teaching and learning in the 21st century. To address this, it is crucial to create a national roadmap towards ASEAN 2015 for teacher quality assurance, qualifications framework, and credit transfer. The plenary speakers included Dr. Allan De Guzman, Dean of the College of Education of the University of Sto. Tomas; Dr. Jaime Caro, UP Assistant Vice President for Development; and UP College of Education professors Dr. Eufracio Abaya and Dr. Virgilio Manzano.
The success of the event was evident in the participation of 236 academicians, educationists, teacher educators, teacher-practitioners, school administrators, and policymakers from different parts of the country.