The Linguistic Society of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Ateneo de Manila Department of English, presents the Emy M. Pascasio Memorial Lecture titled “Contextual Factors in Teacher Decision Making: Extending the Woods Model” by Marianne Rachel G. Perfecto.
The lecture is scheduled on September 14, 2013, 10:00 am at the Escaler Hall of Ateneo de Manila University. Free admission. For inquiries and reservations, please call (02) 426-6120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developments in the field of cognitive psychology shifted the focus of teacher research from publicly-observable behaviour (i.e., those that can be objectively perceived, recorded, and measured) to discovering underlying motivations and deeper structures of teaching or teacher cognition. This presentation describes the thought process of two secondary school teachers in the Philippines as they make their instructional decisions. It also shows the factors that constrain their decisions and how they cope with these constraints. Through classroom observations and interviews, the teachers’ instructional decisions in teaching were elicited. The findings reveal that the teachers’ decision-making process is recursive and cognitively demanding as teachers need to balance the demands of the prescribed curriculum and the realities of the classroom. To do this, they have to recognize the tentativeness of their plans so that they can “pull out” alternative activities called for by the situation.
Marianne Rachel G. Perfecto is an Assistant Professor of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. As a senior teacher trainer and educator, she has worked with secondary and tertiary teachers in the areas of materials and curriculum development, and language and literature teaching. Her research interests are in the area of teacher cognition, ELT reading and writing, with particular focus on critical literacy.
Press release from Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University.