Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre

By the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

University of Melbourne research is providing advice and guidance to the Philippines’ rapidly changing education system. This will result in more opportunities for the next generation of Filipino adults and children.

The technology

Rapid changes to the Philippines’ education system are leading to major changes in assessment and curriculum systems at a national, regional and local level. There is an increased need for empirical data on curriculum innovation and implementation to support these changes.

The Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre has been established to provide advice and guidance to the Philippines’ education system through curriculum, teaching and assessment research. It proactively identifies assessment and curriculum trends and pressures, including the role of technology used in education. Improving the education system in the Philippines will result in more opportunities for the next generation of Filipino adults and children.

The partnership

The Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre has been established in partnership between the University of Melbourne and the University of the Philippines to conduct education reform studies and improve the overall quality of education in the Philippines.

Dr Ramon Bacani, Centre Director at SEAMEO INNOTECH, has said: ‘[We] feel very fortunate to have the opportunity for ongoing partnership with the University of Melbourne on various research and capacity building initiatives designed to support institutional reform of the Philippine basic and higher education sectors. As a leading global university, UoM has generously shared its technical expertise in outcomes-based learning as a model of international best practice to the benefit of emerging Philippine teacher education institutions supported by the Centre.’

Associate Professor Esther Care, from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, leads the partnership with Dr Therese Bustos of the College of Education at the University of the Philippines.

The Centre is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under Australian Aid.

The outcome

The Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre proactively identifies assessment and curriculum trends and pressures, including the role of technology used in education.

Improving the education system in the Philippines will result in more opportunities for the next generation of Filipino adults and children.

Dr Ramon Bacani said: ‘[The University], through the ACTRC, and SEAMEO INNOTECH, has also achieved great success on collaborative and complimentary initiatives to support the Philippine Department of Education’s efforts to transform its education system to make it globally competitive through evidence-based comparative international research, particularly in the areas of basic education curriculum and learner assessment. Currently, we are benefitting from access to the innovative instrumentation development pioneered by UoM/UP ACTRC on assessing early grade reading and numeracy and their demonstrated institutional expertise in data management. We look forward to future institutional research collaboration opportunities with UoM as we continue our common goal of supporting the Philippine K to 12 reform agenda.’