Curriculum Development and K-12 Challenges in the Philippines: A Reflexive Case Analysis Towards Redesigning Language and Literature Education in College


Higher education in the Philippines has been challenged to adopt changes in the curriculum given the institutionalization of K-12 basic education program in the country. In this context, faculty and administrators of higher education institutions in the country needed to take proactive measures to redesign its curriculum that would meet the need of a new generation of learners and advance the thrusts of the school. This reflective paper presents the case of Dela Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s English department and a critical analysis of its efforts to reinforce and advance its curricular offerings on language and literature that would meet the K-12 challenges come academic year 2018-2019. This scholarship applied qualitative techniques to review existing empirical works and pertinent institutional documents to develop a framework that guided the department in identifying new course offerings that are K-12 compliant. Also, the paper explores the structural implication of K-12 developments to the department’s organization and the need for retooling the faculty. The discussion in this paper offers an opportunity for faculty and school administrators to reexamine and reflect on their curriculum development efforts towards meeting curricular challenges by grounding it on a sound review of literature as basis of action and informed decisions.

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Rodrigo Rivera, Dela Salle-College of Saint Benilde, The Philippines

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Conference: IICEHawaii2018
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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