The Department of Education Region X conducted a training-orientation on Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) and Application of SBM Action Research at RELC, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City, which was participated in by SBM coordinators, PSDS’s, and Action Research winners from the different divisions in the region.
The Division of Malaybalay City sent Ralph T. Quirog (SBM Coordinator), Rosie Salupado (Research Coordinator), Noel A. Tan Nery (PSDS, Malaybalay City South District), and Action Research winners John A. Rarogal and Purisima J. Yap.
Researchers presented their studies. The discussion about Continuous Improvement methodology followed. After which, the merging of the Action Research and CI was deliberated. DepEd Region X is urging all divisions to adopt the CI Program.
Action research process is an endless cycle which includes identifying the problem to be studied, collecting data on the problem, organizing, analysing and interpreting the data, developing a plan to address the problem, implementing the plan, evaluating the result of the action taken, identifying a new problem and repeating the process. DepEd Region X suggests to make action research in a straightforward fashion. There is no need to employ complicated methodology and sophisticated statistics.
Continuous Improvement methodology is a methodology to continually assess, analyse, and act on the performance improvement of key process focusing on both customers’ need and the desired performance. The word ‘customers’ may mean students, teachers, or parents as subjects of the study or the end-users of the project. Like an Action Research process, CI methodology is also a cycle. When this methodology is merged with Action Research, we should consider the triple A, namely, Assess stage, Analyse stage, and Act stage. In the Assess stage, these steps should be considered: Get organized, Talk with your customers, Walk the process, and Identify priority improvement areas. The steps to engage in the Analyze stage are as follows: Do root cause analysis, Develop solutions, and Finalize improvement plan. The last stage which is the Act stage should undergo these steps: Pilot your solution, Rollout your solution, and Check your progress.
In the field of education, CIP is not yet well-known. This is widely known in manufacturing, healthcare and business. Slowly, CIP penetrates into teaching and learning processes. This provides solution to problems involving curriculum and instruction. With its lifetime partner—the Action Research, curricular and instructional improvements and faculty development can be observed.
The 34 model schools in the country for CIP will increase in number as this program is cascaded to all schools which are to focus on classroom-level instructional improvement. (SOURCE: www.deped.gov.ph/press release March 18, 2014) There is no problem about the baseline data when starting the inquiry. It should start in the classroom because the data are just right there. These data can be used to enhance instructional and classroom processes. Because of this, improvement occurs. Changes and changes in practice can be initiated in the classroom, to the school, and sometimes district level or even division level. To conduct Action Research anchored on SBM principles is highly encouraged to bring continuous improvement in the classroom for the positive and huge transformation of the performance indicators.