by Aldrin P. Lee, Ph.D.
A very successful 2018 CSSP Extramural Training Seminar for Social Science Teachers (EXTRAMS) was held on April 28-30, 2018 in Baguio City, in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences of the University of the Philippines Baguio. It was attended by 249 participants who came from different academic institutions all over the country. There were university presidents, vice-presidents and a number of college deans who attended the 2018 CSSP EXTRAMS, along with teachers from senior high school and colleges nationwide.
The CSSP Extrams is the primary extension activity of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman. Its main goal is to be able to provide training in social science teaching and research to teachers in the basic education, including those who are handling social science courses at the tertiary level.
The intensive training focused on specific qualitative and quantitative research methods. Participants could choose from one of eight methods: Observational (participant observation/ethnography), Conversational (Interview/FGD), Textual (Documentary/Archival), Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, Survey, Discourse Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems. The trainers were faculty members from the UP Diliman CSSP and the UP Baguio College of Social Sciences who are experts in their fields.
Opening ceremonies were held at the Baguio Crown Legacy Hotel on April 28 attended by Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, Baguio Chancellor Raymond Rovillos, and Deans Jose Santos Dacanay (UPB) and Maria Bernadette Abrera (UPD). A keynote lecture by former CHED Commissioner and now Vice President of the University of the Philippines, Dr. Ma. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista followed right after the opening ceremonies. Dr. Bautista, a sociologist, discussed the multiple paradigms and the diverse practices in social science research. In the afternoon, two distinguished social scientists delivered plenary lectures— Dr. Clarissa David who talked about doing research in the digital age and Dr. Ma. Cecilia Gastardo-Conaco who delivered a lecture on ethics in social research. A lively open forum followed each plenary lecture.
The second and third days of the training were devoted to parallel sessions on qualitative and quantitative research methods. These training sessions were held in the state-of-the-art classrooms of UP Baguio College of Social Sciences.