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Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP) National Conference 2014
1-4 April 2014
San Pablo College Seminary, Baguio City

Title: “Philosophy and the Challenges of K to 12”

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Manuel B. Dy, Jr., Ph.D., Ateneo de Manila University
Zosimo E. Lee, Ph.D., University of the Philippines-Diliman
Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd)

The new K to 12 Curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd) will have serious repercussions both to basic education and to higher education. Philosophy will be playing a major role  in these changes. The new integrated program for values formation from Kindergarten to Grade 10 entitled “Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao” (EsP) will fundamentally be classes in the philosophy of the human person, but ones that will be taught in the earlier years. One of the electives that will be available for Grade 11 students is “Introduction to World Religions and Beliefs,” which can have a strong philosophy of religion background. And in Grade 12, a required course for all will be the “Introduction to the Philosophy of the Human Person.” It is clear that these landmark changes in the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) will involve the discipline of philosophy. Thus there is a need for basic education teachers and philosophy practitioners and professors to come to a dialogue to make sure that these subjects will be designed and taught in the most effective ways possible.

Another adjustment that has enormous philosophical and pedagogical implications is the adoption of the Mother Tongue-Based, Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) system from Kindergarten until Grade 3. Our community of educators and thinkers must also reflect and discuss on this sea change in Philippine education, regarding its meaning and basic principles, its consequences, as well as its challenges for pedagogy.

In the tertiary level, CHED has recently released information regarding its new General Education Curriculum (GEC), which will take effect by 2018. Among its nine core GE courses will be “Understanding the Self” and “Ethics,” both of which are philosophy-heavy subjects. It is clear that even in the new GEC, philosophy will still play a central role, maybe an even more significant role than ever. Much discussion among philosophy professionals must be done on this topic.

These changes in the BEC and the GEC that the  DepEd and CHED have formulated will have a vital effect on the content and the form of teaching in all levels of our educational system. For basic education teachers, this will merit much preparation to teach the new, philosophy-laden subjects. In higher education, this shift will mold new philosophy curricula on the part of individual colleges and universities.

Even seminaries, both minor and major, will need to change their curricula to respond to the new BEC and GEC. How will seminary formators respond to these challenges and still remain true to their vocation in the modern world?  

In line with these monumental shifts in the pedagogical terrain, the Philosophical Associtaion of the Phillippines (PAP), in a concerted effort with other national and regional philosophical associations—the Philosophy Circle of the Philippines (PCP), the Philosophical Asssociation of the Visayas and Mindanao (PHAVISMINDA), the Philosophical Association of Northern Luzon (PANL), Pagarubangan, Isabuhay, Saliksikin, Ibigin ang Pilosopiya (ISIP), the Philippine National Philosophical Research Society (PNPRS), as well as the two CHED Centers of Excellence for Philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas) and the CHED Center of Development for Philosophy (University of San Carlos—Cebu), wish to engage various educators and thinkers on these matters of vital importance for our nation’s educational future.

The PAP will thus hold its 2014 annual conference with the topic, “Philosophy and the Challenges of K to 12,” on April 1-4, 2014, in San Pablo College Seminary, Baguio City. The conference will feature keynote addresses and panel paper presentations on the aforementioned themes, and hold Learning Sessions to help prepare attendees for Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (EsP), Understanding by Design (UBB), and Outcomes-Based Education (OBE).

The PAP calls on interested parties for papers to be presented in the panel sessions of the conference. Suggested topics and questions for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

• How is language related to learning?
• Can philosophy be taught to children? If so, how?
• Can virtue be taught, in the light of Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, especially to the young? If so, how?
• How will seminary formation be affected by K to 12 and the new GEC, and how should formators adjust to these changes?
• How should philosophy teachers and departments adopt to the changes in the curriculum brought about by K to 12 and the new GEC?
• What updates or upgrades to philosophical pedagogy, in whatever educational level, may be formulated, considered, and implemented, given K to 12 and the new GEC?
• How can philosophical education address the multicultural, multilinguistic, and multireligious nature of Filipino students?
• Do our philosophy curricula address the questions of indigenous populations?

Potential contributors must send a 500-word abstract with an outline of their paper presentation. All biographic information should be in a separate file to be sent with the abstract and outline. The document must be in .pdf, .doc,  or .docx format. Some of the relevant fields are:

• Philosophy of the Human Person
• Ethics
• Philosophy of Education
• Philosophy of Language
• Philosophy for Children
• Philosophy of Religion

For submissions and inquiries, please email Deadline for submissions is Sunday, 19 January 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 19 February 2014.

The following are the conference registration fees. Please take note that the venue can only provide lodgings for the first 130 registered participants, though all participants will be provided food in the venue.  

Php5,000.00 for pre-registered participants. The payment covers PAP membership for one year, conference kit, the latest issue of Surì: The Official Journal of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines, PAP shirt, PAP certificate of attendance, and food. (Php3,800.00 for stay-out, but with meals.)

Php6,000.00 for on-site registrants. The payment covers PAP membership for one year, conference kit, the latest issue of Surì: The Official Journal of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines, PAP shirt, PAP certificate of attendance, and food.  (Php4,800.00 for stay-out, but with meals.)

Php3,500.00 for undergraduate students, including seminarians. The payment covers PAP certificate of attendance and food.  (Php2,300.00 for stay-out, but with meals.)

The PAP is looking forward to a fruitful dialogue with you come April 2014. Please mark your calendars!
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