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General Information

On the first day of the 3-day congress, there will be six strands of lecture-seminar which will provide important inputs on action research that cut across all disciplines:


1.     Approaches in Writing AR 

2.    Methodologies in AR 

3.    Reflective Strategies in AR 

4.    Instrumentation in AR 

5.    Assessment in AR

6.    Basic Documentation in AR 

Students-Helping-Students Model with Technology:

Designing Contextualized Programs to Help Struggling Learners

Aurelio Vilbar, Ph.D.

University of the Philippines Cebu


This presentation aims to (1) discuss Students-Helping-Students Model in designing contextualized programs to promote academic performance; and (2) showcase completed action research using the model. The first part presents the effectiveness of using the ASSURE Model in designing a tutorial. Using the Model, UP High School Cebu students developed a tutorial program for their classmates struggling with mathematics. They used interactive existing apps from Apps Store and Google Play. Findings from the pretest-posttest and interview show that students perceived the apps to be beneficial in learning mathematics. The second part presents the importance of using the ADDIE Instructional Design in developing original enrichment programs. Using this Design, Senior High School students developed a public speaking program to school mates based from their needs. Then they created a program which was evaluated by experts. Findings from the pretest-posttest, reflections, and interview show a significant improvement on their grades, self-confidence, and appreciation of community service. The third part provides a workshop for the participants to design their own enrichment programs.



Aurelio Vilbar, Associate Professor from the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu, finished Ph.D. in Language Education at UP Diliman, Philippines. He received TESOL international awards in the USA for his action research on elearning language materials and sustainable development. Dr. Vilbar was a Visiting Professor in Japan and co-authored the Department of Education’s Senior High School Curriculum Guide, “Media and Information Literacy”.

Researching and Writing with Light and Sound:

Using Multimodal Methods to Engage in and Report about Classroom Research

Bronwyn T. Williams, Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center


Digital media have substantially changed how research is both conducted and reported. Digital media have made it easy to compose images, video, sound, as well as print, and to publish and distribute such multimodal texts widely. In this session we will discuss how researchers can adopt different media and modes of communication to gather data and compose their research about their classrooms and communities.We will discuss the opportunities and limitations offered by different modes, such as video, sound, and images, as well as approaches for creating multimodal texts that communicate findings effectively to chosen audiences.We will also discuss ethical considerations specific to using multimodal methods of research.  

Basic Documentation in Action Research 

Dr. Shirley N. Dita



This lecture-seminar will introduce the important aspects of using t the different documentation styles for academic, focusing mainly on the latest version of the American Psychological Association, i.e., APA6.  Based on the submissions to ARAL in the last three years, there are two seemingly confusing aspects of the writing that have been observed: how to do in-text citation and how to write the Reference Section. Using the entries that have been submitted to ARAL, the Dos and DONTs of documentation will be discussed. For those interested in attending this LS, please bring with you a research paper that you submitted to ARAL.




Shirley N. Dita is Associate Professor of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics of De La Salle University, the Philippines and Director of the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research (LIDER). She mentors in the areas of World Englishes, Austronesian Linguistics, and Corpus Linguistics.

Education for Sustainable Development: Ideas for Action Research 

Dr. Sterling M. Plata (




Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a participatory experience for students where they find meaning in learning as they support the realization of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  Research shows that ESD improves problem-solving skills, values, global citizenship, and engagement of students. However, these advantages can only be realized if the Gen Z is able to deal with mental health problems  like anxiety and depression. Research on the Generation Z shows that this generation is the loneliest and less resilient compared to previous generations. As educators, we can do something. This workshop is an intersection of the above-mentioned  issues. The first part reviews the literature on these two topics while the second part provides a hands-on experience in planning an action research. It provides templates and tools for making research and service learning sustainable. 



Dr. Sterling M. Plata is the Founder of the Philippine Growth Mindset and Mental Health Project. She recently completed a certification program in the UK on School Mental Health Leadership. She is the coordinator of Purposive Communication in DLSU.  Dr. Plata advocates for growth mindset, interdisciplinary approach to education, and education reform in the context of the Fourth Industrial Education. 




  • Participants can attend a lecture-seminar of their choice; no need for pre-registration.

  • No ‘Certificate of Attendance’ will be given to participants for a particular seminar they attended.

  • The lecture seminars are FREE of charge.

More information to be provided soon!

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