UE Staffer Presents Paper at Harvard-set Int’l Conference

UE TEPO staffer John Israel U. Cunanan at Harvard Medical School, where he presented his paper about teaching in the Philippines at an international conference on May 28, 2019

UE TEPO staffer John Israel U. Cunanan at Harvard Medical School, where he presented his paper about teaching in the Philippines at an international conference on May 28, 2019

Mr. John Israel U. Cunanan, the Senior Administrative Assistant of UE’s Textbooks Evaluation and Publishing Office (TEPO), recently presented his paper on “Rationality as an Educational Aim: Implications for Normativity of Teaching Practice in the Philippines.” He did so on day 1 of the International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines, held on May 28, 2019 to June 1, 2019, at the Harvard Medical School New Research Building in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Mr. Cunanan presenting his paper at the IJAS International Conference for Academic Disciplines on May 28, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Mr. Cunanan presenting his paper at the IJAS International Conference for Academic Disciplines on May 28, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Mr. Cunanan’s paper is composed of two major positions. For the deconstructive part, it argues that the aims of Philippine educational system, as seen in its educational policies and textbooks, are both inadequate and problematic. For the constructive part, his paper proposes a conception of rationality that is philosophically tenable, and argues that it ought to be explicitly considered as a fundamental aim of the Philippine educational system. It ends with some suggestions on how Basic Education teachers can incorporate this position into their own pedagogical practices, thereby resulting in a standardization of teaching.

Mr. Cunanan likewise got to conduct a 40-minute interview with Dr. Catherine Z. Elgin, an esteemed author and Philosophy of Education professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, at her office in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Mr. Cunanan with Dr. Catherine Z. Elgin, esteemed author and Philosophy of Education professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mr. Cunanan with Dr. Catherine Z. Elgin, esteemed author and Philosophy of Education professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

His query focused on Dr. Elgin’s work regarding “understanding being the fundamental epistemic aim of education,” of which Mr. Cunanan is partly using in his ongoing master’s thesis, along with topics such as truth, critical thinking, Science education, rationality, pedagogical practices, educational assessment, and curriculum. Dr. Elgin also expressed being amenable to the idea of visiting the Philippines to conduct a special lecture or serve as a conference speaker on her work―which would mark a rare opportunity for a professor of Philosophy of Education of the Harvard Graduate School of Education to visit the Philippines.

Mr. Cunanan after presenting his paper at the IJAS International Conference for Academic Disciplines last May 28

Mr. Cunanan after presenting his paper at the IJAS International Conference for Academic Disciplines last May 28

Mr. Cunanan, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities graduate of the University of Asia & the Pacific who is also currently pursuing his master’s studies in Philosophy of Education at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, was an Araling Panlipunan and Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao teacher to Grade 7 students in school year 2013-2014 at UE Manila’s then Elementary and Secondary Laboratory Schools (ESLS, now the UE Basic Education Department-Manila).

Kudos, Philosophy Warrior!

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(Info and photos courtesy of Mr. Cunanan)

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