A seminar on Entrepreneurship and Effective Teaching Models in Higher Education was conducted by the SERDEF last August 29 at the Malayan Colleges, Laguna.
It is the first of a series of faculty development programs aimed at retooling entrepreneurship and business teachers with teaching models and methods appropriate to various developmental and maturity levels of students as well as different environmental settings.
The program is a collaboration between SERDEF, Miriam College – UNESCO EE Net, and host-school for the Southern region Malayan Colleges.
A resource person in the just-concluded seminar was Miriam College entrepreneurship chair Maria Luisa Gatchalian, who discussed the need for relevant entrepreneurship education in socio-economic development and expounded on professional competencies required in teaching entrepreneurship. On the other hand, UNESCO EE Net country director Antonio Lopez tackled new trends and development landscape of education following the CHED directive to institutionalize entrepreneurship education at the college level as well as its connection to the K1 to 12 program.
The program culminated in a workshop on entrepreneuship teaching-learning approaches, models and methods, based on tools and other resource materials provided by the book Windows to Entrepreneurship: a teaching guide published by the SERDEF.
The workshop was handled by foremost entrepreneurship educator and SERDEF board secretary Dr. Paz Diaz.
The seminar opened with a welcome speech by Malayan College of Business dean Maurice Sabio and a program overview by Malayan College entrepreneurship program chair Melchor Morandarte.
Participating in the workshop were 22 professors and teachers from various schools in the area, including Batangas State University, San Pablo Colleges, Leon Guinto Memorial College, Manuel Enverga University, Laguna State Polytechnic University, Dalubhasaan ng Lunsod ng San Pablo, Cannosa College, and Laguna University.
Another seminar Southern Luzon is being planned before the year ends, which is expected to be followed by more seminars in other regions in the country.
The program is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).