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Issues in Educational Research, 2022, Vol 32(4), .
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Investigating Filipino school teachers' engagements with research: A bioecological systems case study

Holden Kenneth Alcazaren, Erlene Barandino, Cristian Narvacan and Lizamarie Campoamor-Olegario
University of the Philippines - Diliman, Philippines

Teacher research engagement has been known as one of the best practices to initiate positive changes in education that try to address the diverse needs of students, and to respond effectively to contemporary educational challenges. The Philippines has mandated various policies that encourage and promote research writing in both the tertiary and basic education levels. Grounded in Bronfenbrenner's bioecological model, this study examines various factors, such as personal characteristics, institutional context, research processes, and time allotted for research, that may influence research engagement by senior high school teachers (N=20) in a public high school in Quezon Province, Philippines. The results of this study reveal that the teacher-participants have capable research skills and a positive outlook in doing research. However, the findings also reveal that these teachers struggled to undertake research, owing to large teaching workloads. These findings prompt multiple recommendations for educational reforms that will help the development of institutional research cultures.
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Authors: Mx Holden Kenneth G. Alcazaren (corresponding author) is a University Researcher and a Senior Lecturer in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is currently finishing his PhD in Education with a major in Language Education at the same university. His research interests are in teacher identities, faculty research productivity, sociology of education, instructional communication and gender/queer studies.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9684-6961
Email: hgalcazaren@up.edu.ph

Ms Erlene E. Barandino is currently the research and publication coordinator at Lucena City National High School and a graduate student at the University of the Philippines - Diliman taking PhD studies in Education, major in reading education. Her research interests include literacy and the educational ecosystem of high school learners.
Email: eebarandino@up.edu.ph

Mr Cristian I. Narvacan is a communication arts and literature teacher at Philippine Science High School, Central Visayas Campus. He is currently taking up a PhD in Education majoring in language education at the University of the Philippines - Diliman. His research interests include multilingual education, English language teaching, and world Englishes.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6043-5167
Email: cinarvacan@up.edu.ph

Dr Lizamarie Campoamor-Olegario is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Education. She completed her Ph.D. in educational psychology at the same university. Her research interests are critical pedagogy, positive psychology in schools, and alternative embedded assessment. Her advocacies include mentoring educators through action research and promoting safe, equitable, quality, and relevant education.
Email: lcolegario@up.edu.ph

Please cite as: Alcazaren, H. K., Barandino, E., Narvacan, C. & Campoamor-Olegario, L. (2022). Investigating Filipino school teachers' engagements with research: A bioecological systems case study. Issues in Educational Research, 32(4), 1251-1271. http://www.iier.org.au/iier32/alcazaren.pdf

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