Tracing the science education graduates

Author/s:

Evangelista, Eden V.
Philippine Normal University, Philippines (evangelista.ev@pnu.edu.ph)

Morales, Marie Paz E.*
Philippine Normal University, Philippines (morales.mpe@pnu.edu.ph)

Abstract:

Retrospective analysis and evaluation through tracer studies is one of the most common ways to self-initiated University’s self-evaluation scheme to determine adequacy, relevance and alignment of its curricular offerings to the national and international standards for better human resource of the country. The current tracer study determined the same domains through descriptive survey design in order to evaluate the science education curricular program of the graduate education offered by the country’s premier teacher education institution. With about 41% retrieval rate; data from the 15 outcomes or products of the aforecited program provided the following: satisfaction (M=2.82) to high satisfaction (M=3.11, 3.38) with the University’s facilities, services, and learning environment respectively; high extent of skill-use (knowledge and technical, research, problem-solving, human relations) in their professional careers; and strong agreement on adequacy (M=4.29) and relevance (M=4.17) of the curricular program. Though the products of the program highly regard the program for its relevance and adequacy, more improvement is seen to be done on the other aspects such as the number of graduates produced each year to compensate and fill in the big gap produced by the curricular transition in the national scene. Better mobility may also be achieved if the programs would consider ASEAN and international touch.

Keywords: science education; tracer study; retrospective evaluation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2016.1566

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