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Issues in Educational Research, 2021, Vol 31(1), 94-110.
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Implementing inclusive education in the Philippines: College teacher experiences with deaf students

Jayson A. Dela Fuente
Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, Philippines

Inclusive education aims to mainstream students with special needs in a flexible learning environment for acquiring quality education that optimises their potential for holistic development. This goal depends upon teachers who can attain inclusivity in the educational system by shaping positive values, providing knowledge, and developing the skills of exceptional students to cope with life's challenges. Adopting this perspective, this study documents the experiences of forty-three college teachers with deaf students in inclusive classes, in one higher education institution in the Philippines. The descriptive phenomenological approach of Colaizzi's coding and categorising of the participants' responses, obtained from in-depth, individual face-to-face and online interviews elucidates four themes that illuminate the experiences of participants. These themes are conveyed as challenging for harnessing their creative/innovative minds to develop teaching tools for effective quality education, opportunity to shape a brighter future of deaf students, and undertake inspiring teaching. The highlighted themes are attributes that can pave the way for more effective inclusive education in tertiary institutions in the Philippines.
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Author: Jayson A. Dela Fuente is a faculty member of the college of education in Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology in the Philippines. He is pursuing a PhD in instructional leadership education specialising in general science. He holds degrees of MA in Education, specialising in general science with cum laude honours, and BS in Education, specialising in physical science. Currently, he is teaching physics, forensic chemistry, earth and environmental science, and professional education subjects to college students. His research interests include science education, inclusive education, instructional leadership education, pedagogy and teacher education, and technology education. He is an advocate of inclusive education in academia and was awarded as the Philippines "Happiest Person With Disability 2019" by Cebuana Lhullier Incorporated.
Email: delafuentejayson89@gmail.com

Please cite as: Dela Fuente, J. A. (2021). Implementing inclusive education in the Philippines: College teacher experiences with deaf students. Issues in Educational Research, 31(1), 94-110. http://www.iier.org.au/iier31/dela-fuente.pdf

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