1 Preferences of Field of Specialization by Freshmen Bachelor of Science of Secondary Education (BSED) Students In Preparation for the K +12 Basic Education Program, Medina R. Olla, Myrna C. Bigueja
K +12 Basic Education Program is one of the issues in education that needs to be solve by the educators in the Philippines. This study determines the preferences of freshmen Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) students in choosing the major field of specialization. Specifically, the study aims to (1) determine the most preferred specialization of BSED 1st year students S/Y 2013-2014; (2) determine factors that influence students’ decision for choosing the preferred major field of specialization; (3) identify the expectation of 1st year Bachelor of Science of Secondary (BSED) students. The study is descriptive and used the one-shot survey design. The data collection was done through survey questionnaire. The data were process using the statistical Package for Social Sciences version 12. The respondents preferred Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) as the major field specialization and least preferred are Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), Mathematics, Biological Science, Social Science, English and Value Education. The factor that influence respondents’ choice of major of field of specialization is their interest and for immediate employment which they rated as high. However, not all students affected with regards to the K+12 basic Education program. The respondents’ expectations on the preferred course are very important which includes the quality teacher, quality learning and quality services. Thus, the college should provide a quality teacher equip with necessary knowledge and skill needed for the implementation of K+12 curriculum. In addition, communicating information related to student preferences, instructors can take steps to modify course components based on the preferences.
2 Local Governance In Tourism Programs In Bulacan: Input To An Action Plan, Aimee Grace M. Madlangbayan
This study strived to measure the level of implementation of tourism programs as indicated in the Tourism Act of 2009 and evaluate the governance in selected tourism offices to further verify the basis for tourism programs in the province of Bulacan. The governance of the local tourism offices in the search for further analysis on the level of implementation of tourism programs in their respective municipalities or cities, the evaluation of the practiced governance were based on the following components: 1) Human Resources Management; 2) Strategic Leadership and 3) Organizational Development which would help some up the background of why and how the tourism programs are implemented in the local government offices in Bulacan have their current state. The level of implementation of tourism programs were stratified into three basic functions: 1)Tourism Development Planning; 2) Tourism Promotions and 3) Tourism Standards implementation. There were a number of implications specified in the findings and were analyzed and were given solutions through the action plan recommended in Chapter 5. First, local government offices should be able to review the national policies in the tourism industry to come up with more viable and significant programs for their municipalities or cities. Tourism policy is necessary before any planning activity should be facilitated. He stressed this to magnify the need to align any project or plan to the policies mandated by the governing bodies, which is the Department of Tourism in our country. This is especially useful in the province of Bulacan as the tourism officers do not have tourism as their background of study. Good governance can only be exercised if the right people are in the right position (Manento, 2010) whether or not, tourism offices’ heads or staff are tourism graduates, the ultimate challenge of tourism is to have a paradigm shift on the attitude on service. Tourism is a service-oriented sector (UNWTO), it exists to be of service and not only on the value of investment returns. Tourism programs should be implemented with basis and not on the basis of giving a good name to the local government office management. Thus, the creation of an action plan to alleviate the tourism industry situation in the province is truly found necessary and was given light in this study.
3 Level of Awareness and Consumer Practices to Environmental Activities, Angelica A. Magdaraog, Maria Lourdes D. Cervantes
The study focused on the level of awareness and consumer practices on environmental activities like energy saving, recycling, and caring for the environment. The researchers used the descriptive method of investigation for this study and also utilized causal relationship to determine if the given inputs have a relation to outputs. With the findings presented in which the study was conducted, the researchers arrived at this conclusion: The level of awareness of consumers towards green practices is very high which should be put to considerations by businesses in order to improve their market share through pro-environmental practices. Young professionals are able to support their needs even if they are minimum wage earners by means of appropriate activities on saving, recycling, and caring for the environment; Consumers nowadays are giving much consideration on the importance of environmental practices such as recycling, waste reduction, and energy consumption due to the awareness of its benefits such as lower electrical bills, healthier lifestyle and environmental conservation; it can be gleaned that consumers are giving weight on environmental conservation in patronizing commodities. The study also revealed that there is a high positive correlation between the level of awareness and extent of consumer’s practices to environmental activities.
4 Effectiveness Of A Social Skill Building Program In Increasing Social Skills And Decreasing Bullying Behavior Among 6th Grade Male Students, Aneesha Babani, Dr. Sudha Bhogle
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior that is widespread among school children. The reported prevalence of bullying has generally varied from 7.2 to 24%. In a study conducted by Kshirsagar et all (2006) in Mumbai, the prevalence of bullying varied from 13.4% in children studying in class three to 45.94% in those studying in class 6. Frisen et al (2007) found that bullies reported that most of the bullying took place when they were 10 to 12 years old. Several researchers have found that boys are more often involved in bullying than girls, both as bullies and victims (Olweus 1994). Both bullying and victimization can impact the physical, emotional and social health of the children involved. Even to this date, many schools still employ the conventional methods of punishments such as behavioral referrals to the Principal’s office or school suspension. Objective • To evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention programme composed of psycho-education and social skills training in: a. Increasing assertiveness in bullying situations b. Increasing perceived adult responsiveness in bullying situations c. Increasing bystander responsibilities in bullying situations; and, d. Reducing the acceptance of bullying as an acceptable behaviour. Conclusions: The data obtained from this study reveals that: • Providing students social skills training helps them be more assertive when faced with situations where they experience bullying. • It also helps them feel that adults in their school were more aware of the extent of bullying in the school premises, were approachable if they wished to share an experience of bullying and were responsive to such shared experiences of bullying in school. • If schools were to alter peer norms and behaviour, increase student skills, and sustain adult prevention efforts, the positive effects of their work could help alter the bullying scenario at schools.