Teachers’ Competence towards Research Engagement: The Case of Camarines Sur, Philippines
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The State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) have responded in various ways to the call for a more robust research orientation among SUCs. It is in response to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) policies and mandates that are primarily geared towards improving research productivity. Hence, the study was conducted to investigate the teacher’s research competence of selected SUCs in the Philippines. The study used a descriptive survey method of research. Data were taken from 147 teachers of different SUCs and were analyzed and interpreted using a statistical mean. The study revealed that teachers are much competent in doing research. Besides, their attitudes were optimistic despite the difficulties they have encountered in doing research works. Furthermore, it was found out that most teachers are motivated in doing researches for various reasons. Hence, the paper concluded that most teachers exceed some expectations in being a researcher and strive to conduct research despite the challenges. However, the paper recommended that further research capability programs are implemented and various avenues and opportunities for teachers to be presented to continue to engage themselves with research and further help society and the country.
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