CFA Pretests its Prototype Learning Materials for ERDA Children

Oct 14th 2010

T hirteen young students in Tondo were excited to be part of the pretest of prototype materials conducted by the Communication Foundation for Asia at the Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Alternative Learning Center on September 29, 2010. The pretest was intended to assess if the modules were readable, credible (vis-a-vis real life situations), comprehensive, effectively presented, had the right length, appropriate layout, font, and artwork in order to enable students to prepare for the Philippine Department of Education’s Accreditation and Equivalency test.

The package of educational materials for ERDA Foundation is titled “Alsa Mulat at Nulat” (“Raising Awareness and Literacy”), which CFA is currently producing as part of the project supported by Feed the Minds in the United Kingdom. The package consists not only of printed modules containing information and questions that test reading and writing skills and comprehension, but also an interactive CD which provides computer images of the modules and suggests further readings and games. The CD tests text literacy as well as computer literacy. These learning modules are aimed at encouraging citizenship education and providing high school equivalency education primarily for out-of-school youth.

The two modules tested were: Module 1, entitled “Sagipin ang Bawat Nangangarap” (“Protect Every Dreamer”), a foundational, introductory module; and Module 2, which is on “Agham, Matematika at Teknolohiya” (Science, Mathematics and Technology). Module 3 is expected to be produced later, and will be about Communication Skills.

The CFA team which conducted the pretest consisted of Ms. Pie Mabanta-Fenomeno (CFA Electronic Media Head) and Ms. Rocky Cruz (CFA Program Development Officer/Evaluator), while the ERDA facilitator was Mr Alvin Salamat. Students who participated in the pretest included boys and girls from 14 to 19 years old, all of whom have completed 6th grade (elementary). Six of the 13 participating students had reached high school level.

The pretest results will be used to improve the materials before they are printed or duplicated to make sure that they are suitable for the teachers and students who will use them.

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