“It is through research that we realize that we, as educators, are not only here to impart knowledge but also to generate new ones,” said Dr. Adrian P. Semorlan, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Dean, as he welcomed the presenters and students to the 8th CLA Research Forum.
The conference, which was held at the Research Development and Evaluation Center (RDEC) Conference Room, last August 26, 2016, is part of RUPID’s (Research Utilization Publication and Information Dissemination) aim of disseminating research information from all the colleges in the University. Participated by students and faculty members from CLA, the forum provided a venue for presentation and discussion of different researches in the field of liberal arts.
Prof. Eulyn H. Tangalin, Assistant to the Vice President for Research, Extension Services and External Linkages (RESEL), encouraged everyone to be optimistic when doing research. “When doing research, do not think that it is difficult because it is will really become difficult for you,” she said. “Instead, always think positive, think that you can do it,” she further added.
RDEC Director Dr. Reynante E. Autida also provided the updates on WMSU’s research landscape. The director also showed the institutional researches and outsources grants for 2013-2015 from partner agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DOST), World Bank, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and others. He further highlighted the R&D agendas which will be the basis for programs and budget proposals for the succeeding years, to include: science and technology, education, social services and economy, peace and stability, gender equity and governance, economy and good governance.
A total of eight (8) papers were presented where seven (7) papers were from the faculty. The faculty researches are as follow: Form-Focused Instruction as Correlates to Lexical Process Among College Students by Justine Kay Rojonan; Academic Work Style as Correlated to Grammatical Competence Among College Students of Western Mindanao State University by Ma. Pilar T. Rosaldo; Social Science Teachers’ Cultural Competence and Senior Students’ Intercultural Sensitivity in Zamboanga City by Roel P. Borja; Ang Awiting-Bayan ng mga Badjao ng Taluksangay Ayon sa kanilang Kultura by Prof. Nena Abdurajak; Sources of Conflict, Level of Stress and Resolution Strategies of Middle Level Administrators in Higher Education Institution (HEIs) in Zamboanga City by Dr. Rodita C. Silva; Teachers Teaching Panitikan: Their Approaches and Problems as Basis for Administrative Intervention by Dr. Felixberto C. Labstilla; and Children and Young Adults; Sociolinguistic Evaluation on Native-Accented and Foreign-Accented Tausug Speakers by Dr. Fhadzralyn A. Karanain. The sole student paper entitled “Psychological Adjustments of Adolescents whose Fathers are in Polygynous Marital Relationship: A Phenomenological Study” was presented by Almujib S. Sakkam from Psychology Department.
Certificates of appreciation and recognition were awarded to the presenters and to the participants of the forum. Research forum is held monthly by college every academic year and it covers published and unpublished researches conducted by WMSU faculty and students. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)