Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Kenniscentrum Onderwijs en Opvoeding

Long term effects of an innovative physics teacher education program in the Philippines


In 1996 innovative, double major teacher education programs for Physics & Mathematics and Physics & Chemistry were initiated at the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Philippines. Both programs require 4 years of study. From the outset the focus was on making a difference in the quality of Science and Mathematics Teacher Education, producing teachers with a good mastery of subject matter and able to teach the subjects in exciting and effective ways in typical Philippine crowded and resource-poor classrooms. The programs recruit top high school graduates using a promotion and scholarship scheme and then expose them to the best science lecturers at the university, and create a special learning environment for the duration of their training. Early 2011 a study was conducted to assess long term effects of the programs through a tracer study of the 300 alumni, interviews, and 22 classroom visits to observe their teaching. Of the 300 alumni 245 are still teaching of whom 33 abroad (mainly USA) and 212 in the Philippines. Alumni are highly valued by principals of the top schools in Cebu and their students win many local and even national science competitions. Their teaching is competent with lots of interaction and good subject matter mastery, but they are also facing some typical Philippine education problems.


Veen, N. van, Berg, E. van den (2012). Interactive White Board in Physics Teaching;Beneficial for Physics Achievement? In A. Lindell, A.-L. Kähkönen, & J. Viiri (Eds.), Physics Alive. Proceedings of the GIREP-EPEC 2011 Conference, (p155-160). Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä.ISBN 978-951-39-4800-9

21 december 2012