The Ateneo Teacher Training Center, College of Education, and the Information Communications and Technology Center sponsored a webinar on Research-based Education: A critical look into Learner-Centered and Teacher-Centered Pedagogies under the lens of Critical and Place-based Education Theories last September 7, 2021, from three until six in evening via streamyard youtube.
The webinar was organized into three main sections. The first section is a brief revisit of the original definition of learner-centered education as a research-based framework for education reform policy in the United States in the 1990s. This was followed by a brief discussion of learner-centered education as a global education reform policy and issues raised by theorists of place-based education, another research-based instructional theory, on how learner-centered education (as a global reform policy) could potentially dilute a country’s sense of local identity as it seeks national reform in education.
Also discussed in the webinar, the global and local tensions surrounding learner-centered education as a traveling reform policy, particularly surrounding the question—at which level does true education reform happen? Most importantly, this section prepares the ground for a more critical review of the contextual issues that encumber the implementation of the global learner-centered education policy in local classroom contexts in developing countries.
The third and last section discussed the contextual realities that impede the practice of learner-centered education in developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. This section opens the debates surrounding learner-centered education (as a research-based instruction) and teacher-centered instruction (as a traditional pedagogy).
There were 1,101 participants from all over the Philippines who attended the webinar. Dr. Julie Lucille del Valle-Lopez was the invited resource speaker.
Dr. Julie Lucille del Valle obtained her double degree, Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English from the Ateneo de Naga University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003. In the same year, she was awarded by former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanang as One of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Education, Curriculum, and Pedagogy from The University of Melbourne, Australia. She earned her Master’s Degree in Learning and Teaching Pedagogy in DLSU Manila. As a Faculty of the College of Education at Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also became the chairperson of its Secondary Education Department in 2013 and presently a member of the University Research Council. Dr del Valle is a qualitative education researcher with research interests n ethnographic methods, learner-centered instruction, Freirean Critical pedagogy, rural and urban education, pedagogical reform policies, culture-based pedagogy, and Service Learning.