Baseline data to describe the ability of adult learners in research is indispensable for a successful curriculum evaluation. The idea that research is indispensable in nation-building is an ideology that all nations would agree with. To build a nation is to build the next generation and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the next generation is half the solution. This study aimed to identify the level of perceived ability of college students in the Philippines who are graduates of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum, where a 3-subject-enriched Senior High School has been implemented. The study utilized a descriptive-status research design which employed a validated survey questionnaire administered digitally all over the Philippines from October to November 2020. Participated in by 1, 250 participants from 9 regions and 27 provinces in the Philippines, the study revealed weak and strong areas of research ability of the participants. The authors concluded that the level of perception of the participants on their self-efficacy in research, or ability-to-do-research is high (M=3.58; sd=0.77). There is a strong implication that this result is due to the advanced subjects in research taken as part of the curriculum implemented in the Senior High School. Similarly, the authors are convinced based on the findings that writing a research report remains a concern in the next generation, as well as in statistical literacy as applied in solving research problems. However, recommendations for a targeted research curriculum audit and the establishment of a skill-focused school research committee have been recommended.
Jun S Camara, Pangasinan State University, Philippines
Agnes D Oclay, PHINMA University of Pangasinan, Philippines
Vemma Mae R Guinto, Pangasinan State University, Philippines
Terence M Lapenas, University of Sto Tomas, Philippines
Adrian R Manaois, Pangasinan State University, Philippines
John V Bernardo, Pangasinan State University, Philippines