With a shared vision of sustaining the research culture in the Department of Education, almost 1800 teachers, school heads, and research practitioners gathered in the 2018 Conference of Basic Education Researchers – Southeast Asia (CBER-SEA) held at the Animo Center, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Dasmariñas City from November 27 to 29.

With the theme “Research Towards Transformative Basic Education Across Borders”, the three-day conference provided a venue to share best practices and insights from research on teaching and learning, child protection, human resource development, governance, as well as gender and development, inclusive education, and disaster risk reduction management. Now on its fifth year, CBER continues to promote research as a priority in DepEd Regional IV-A CALABARZON, which has been recognized as the “Best Region in Research Management”.

In his welcome message, Regional Director Diosdado San Antonio commended the CBER-SEA participants for upholding the research practice in the education sector and encouraged them to publish their studies and continue to pave the way for more research and innovations in DepEd.

The conference featured engaging plenary sessions on various topics including stakeholder engagement, school-based management (SBM), and exemplary practices in curriculum and supplementary school programs in Southeast Asia delivered by noted practitioners Dr. Bruce Mowbray, Mr. Ronaldo Bucud, Usec. Lorna Dig-Dino, and Dr. Blesilda Calub.

Teachers and researchers from public schools, higher education institutions, and other organizations from the different regions in the Philippines and Asia showcased their respective studies on a variety of topics through oral, pecha kucha, and poster presentations. The best papers and presenters were given special citation.

As the conference came to a close, the participants were encouraged to continue taking on the challenge of addressing education issues through research, working together to transform the basic education landscape one research at a time.

This year’s conference is organized by the Regional Association of Schools Division Superintendents Inc. and made possible with the support of various partners including De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute. (Anne Katherine G. Cortez, Senior Education Program Specialist/ Division Information Officer. Photo credit: Love Ballesteros, Ryan Maongca)