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Philippine Normal University

The Philippine Normal University (PNU) was established on September 1, 1901 as Philippine Normal School, and as the first higher institute of learning organized during the American occupation. Renamed Philippine Normal College in 1949, it became a university in 1991. In 2009, PNU was designated as the National Center for Teacher Education under Republic Act No. 9647. It has four hubs located strategically in the archipelago: The Technology and Livelihood Hub in Southern Luzon, The Multicultural Hub in Mindanao, The Indigenous Peoples Hub in Northern Luzon, and The Environment and Green Technology Hub in the Visayas.

Influence of the project on Institution

As the NCTE (National Center for Teacher Education), ESTA propels the University to initiate a country program in teacher education curriculum to achieve teacher quality especially in the field of Sciences. A science program curriculum for pre-service and in-service Filipino teachers in all Normal Schools and government-owned Teacher Education Institutions. Furthermore, ESTA may provide significant contribution to Philippine IP (Indigenous Peoples) Education through model IP frameworks and curricula for IP teachers and to support the IP basic education (elementary and secondary) of the country.


Network – local partners

Marie Paz E. Morales, PhD

I am Marie Paz E. Morales, a professor of science education, with a focus on physics education. One of my key research interests is learning science through indigenous knowledge, which also targets preservation of culture, language including Philippine indigenous knowledge, and the integration of gender-sensitivity and inclusivity attributes. I think it is important that science is taught in these contexts to make science learning a meaningful experience to learners.

Zenaida Q. Reyes, PhD

I am Zenaida Q. Reyes, a professor of social sciences at the Philippine Normal University where I have served in various capacities as Vice President for University Relations and Advancement, Dean, and Director. I have been involved in numerous national and international research projects in education and I wish to contribute to quality education for all. I am certain that this research will provide a framework for Science Education to draw its application and understanding using the socio-cultural contexts of society.

Arlyne C. Marasigan, PhD

My name is Arlyne and I am a professor of comparative education with a focus on rural and science education. I believe that we neeed to train our pre-service and in-service teachers to value cultural diversity in teaching science education. The society must be a living laboratory to teach and learn science concepts with respect to socio-environemntal, socio-economic and socio-politcal and socio-cultural of learners.

Ruel A. Avilla

I am Ruel Associate, Professor in chemistry and chemistry education. Currently, I am the Director of the Center for Planning and Quality Assurance at the Philippine Normal University. I am passonate about science education and in bringing PNU to the international research arena to establish collaboration and research engagements with partner universities in various countries.

Crist John M. Pastor, PhD

I am Crist John M. Pastor. I teach chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, as well as pedagogy courses in the College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research. Given our students’ diverse teaching-learning contexts, I believe it is best to allow them to learn from each other’s experiences. In-service teachers must be equipped with pedagogical skills to present scientifically accurate, contextualized, and culture-based concepts to make learning meaningful and relevant.

Ruth A. Alido, PhD

My name is Ruth and I am a professor in English language teaching with a background in Applied Linguistics. I have always been interested in Discourse Analysis to understand how language is used in the classroom and in real life situations. Much of teaching is language and I think it is important for teachers to consider how to use language as it relates to the social and cultural context of the learners.