To strengthen the culture of research among educators in the region, the Department of Education ((DepEd) Region IV-CALABARZON launched its First Conference of Basic Education Researchers (C2BER) yesterday at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City.

Carrying the theme Develop a Culture of Research for Effective K to 12 Education Outcome, the three-day conference will last until Sept. 18 and will showcase the best practices in educational research initiatives across learning areas in the region.

The activity also intends to provide a forum for educational researchers to reflect on and discuss continuous improvement in relation to research skills of education practitioners.

Eight hundred twenty research enthusiasts from the different schools division in the region have gathered in the said event which aims to update the participants on the emerging trends on research methodologies and strategies.

Participants include schools division superintendents, assistant schools division superintendents, regional and division education program supervisors, public school district supervisors, principals, secondary and elementary public school teachers.

“The best educator is someone who is engaged in research,” Director Diosdado M. San Antonio of DepEd CALABARZON said during the opening program.

Dir. San Antonio stressed on the characteristics of a good researcher which he encapsulated in the acronym RESEARCHER that stands for being Reflective, Experiment-driven, Systematic, Empiricist, Authentic, Result- oriented, Clear and concise, Honest, Empowering and Refined.

The highlight of the program was the keynote speech of Dr. Joy Hardy, principal of the University of New England in Australia. She shared the aims of action research which according to her are changing practitioners’ practices, understanding their practices and the conditions in which they practice.

Dr. Hardy also noted that a research should have thematic analysis or insightful findings and should align with the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the institution.

The Philippine Association of Schools Superintendents (PASS) CALABARZON Chapter is the host of this year’s gathering of education researchers.

(Monaliza D. Loayon—Schools Division of Quezon)