BRAC Philippines and DepEd-ARMM National Research Forum: Catching Up on Education via the Alternative Delivery Model
ACTRC’s Dr Esther Care and Dr Eufracio Abaya presented on the Longitudinal Study of Learning Achievement of Students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (LearnARMM) at the BRAC Philippines and DepEd-ARMM National Research Forum: Catching Up on Education via the Alternative Delivery Model held on September 1, 2015. The forum focussed on sharing the findings of a number of studies being conducted on the BRAC Learning Centres in ARMM as well as identifying pathways for integrating the lessons and best practices of ADM into Philippine education policies and programs. Dr Esther Care shared the latest from the LearnARMM study, initiated and funded by the Australian government, which has so far involved Kinder and Grade 1 in research testing. The study has found that students entering ADM education initially have slightly lower proficiency than those entering Department of Education schools but there is then little variation in their rate of learning across the two contexts. Dr Eufracio Abaya shared case studies from the LearnARMM study which situate students within the context of community, family, and school. These factors naturally impact student achievement throughout their education. The LearnARMM team is currently preparing for Grade 2 research testing in early 2016.