Written by: Nhemy C. Trinidad – Teacher III – Bataan National High School Junior High School
After a thorough analysis of the interconnectivity of quality, relevance, and responsiveness in education, I came up with the operational definition of these terms. Quality education means quality learning and teaching that is achieved when there are quality inputs (human or material resources), quality processes (pedagogy), quality outputs (learning context), and eventually quality outcomes (impact on a student’s life). On the other hand, the relevance and responsiveness of quality education means the learners meet the demands of a changing society, and the teachers help the learners develop lifelong skills to improve the quality of their lives and, in a deeper sense, to become globally competitive individuals.
21st century learners should possess 21st century skills in order to attain the defined quality being mentioned. These are the learning skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity (4C’s), life skills: flexibility, initiative, social skills, productivity, and leadership, and literacy skills: information literacy, media literacy, and technology literacy.
These educational experiences should be content aligned with the real world. These real-life learning experiences should have a clear connection to content standards beyond the classroom and use student-centered pedagogy (students apply learning in real-life). However, these standards cannot be applied independently of the delivery methods. It should always be integrated into the instructional system since delivery methods affect the learning experiences of the students. The focus of the learning or educational experiences of our learners should be the authenticity of these experiences. Learners understand the purpose of learning and can demonstrate or relate these to the real world and live by these experiences.
Assessment and evaluation of the quality, relevance, and responsiveness of education should be done through the use of indicators: context (student’s characteristics, socio-economic conditions, cultural aspects, the status of the teaching profession, and local community issues), input (use of resources to facilitate learning), process (measure of how educational program activities were conducted), and output (measure of the effects of the program activities).
Other factors to consider in evaluating learning experiences are the mental health conditions of learners and teachers and the interests, needs, abilities, and readiness of our learners. The mental well-being of learners and teachers can be assessed by the proper authorities using a variety of assessment tools. As a classroom teacher, the INAR of my students can be evaluated using different classroom program activities and with the use of formative and summative assessment.
Different ways to deliver education have been deployed since the beginning of the pandemic. These various methods make learning accessible even in remote areas. With the participation of different stakeholders, teachers were able to make learning possible. From the perspective of quality, relevance, and responsiveness in education, learning is evaluated through outcome indicators. Is there a high achievement of life-long skills among learners? If we are able to produce these kinds of learners, then we can say that our society has also developed.