De La Salle University
De La Salle University (DLSU) is a Catholic coeducational private institution founded in 1911 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. This congregation was founded by St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in 1680 with the mission of teaching poor children practical education so they become useful members of the society. As the Patron of Teachers, Saint La Salle envisioned teachers as people who can “teach minds, touch hearts, and transform lives.” This is the same mission that still animates DLSU today. DLSU is a hub for higher education training recognized for its academic excellence, prolific and relevant research, and involved community service.
Influence of the project on Institution
DLSU’s involvement in the ESTA project is consonant with the Lasallian mission on social engagement as we share the same goal of providing equal opportunities to quality education. Being a Center for Excellence for Teacher Education, DLSU continuously works towards improvement of effective and meaningful teaching approaches. ESTA will make a relevant contribution through the project’s innovative and diversity-sensitive approaches in teaching science.
Network – local partners
Dr. Lydia S. Roleda
Hi. My name is Lydia Roleda. I’m an associate professor of the Science Education Department at De La Salle University. I teach physics and pedagogy courses to graduate students of science education. Diversity in the classroom is a pressing issue, but in general, taken for granted. I am happy to be part of this multi-disciplinary project and I am looking forward to a productive collaboration among its multi-cultural members through exchange of knowledge and experiences.
Dr. Minie Rose C. Lapinid
I’m Minie Rose C. Lapinid, an Associate Professor at De La Salle University – Manila in the Science Education Department. My area of specialization is Mathematics Education with focus on problem posing and problem solving, differentiated instruction, and service learning. Mathematics is an indispensable tool in Science and a struggling student in Mathematics may be challenged to pursue a career in Science. Albeit with a class of diverse students of different needs, educational background, interest, and cultural background, an educator faces the greater challenge of addressing these. I’m as excited as everyone in the team to learn more with teachers to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity for success.
Dr. Rochelle Irene G. Lucas
I am Rochelle Irene G. Lucas, an Associate Professor at the Department of English and Applied Linguistics, De La Salle University, Philippines. My research interests include language acquisition and learning, language documentation, bilingualism and psycholinguistics. As educators, it is important that we understand the language learning process of our students as it affects their understanding not only of scientific and mathematical concepts but also their mindset and world view. If we want to develop critical thinkers then I believe we should start with the grounding of their linguistic skills early in their lives.
Ms. Fritzie Ian P. De Vera
I’m Fritzie Ian De Vera and I’m currently the Vice President for Lasallian Mission of De La Salle University. I am also currently taking a degree on Doctor of Philosophy Major in Educational Leadership and Management also in DLSU. I am interested in doing research for the development of programs for leadership and formation of students and educators, spirituality in the workplace and on the value of faith and service in the curriculum. I believe that educational institutions should focus on forming students who are service-driven and prepare teachers to be mission-centered educators.
Dr. Abdul Jhariel M. Osman
My name is Abdul Jhariel and I am an assistant professor for educational management. My research interest includes the promotion of evidence-based policy, strategy, and resources that support teachers and students in various learning environments. I believe that through this international collaboration we can create innovative, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate science programs and training. With this in mind, we can build learning environments and systems that truly support our science teachers and students from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.