Five Thomasian researchers present studies on service learning in HK PolyU

In its earnest efforts to advance Service-Learning towards its institutionalization, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) actively participated in the 4th International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL) 2022, organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on 16-18 November 2022, through the paper presentations of five Thomasian researchers, namely Asst. Prof. Froilan Alipao, MCD of the Department of Sociology, Assoc. Prof. Evalyn Abiog, PhD of the Department of English, Assoc. Prof. Melanie Turingan, PhD of the Department of History, Prof. Ma. Teresa Tricia Guison-Bautista, MD of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and Ms. Heiden Anorico, National Service Training Program Facilitator.

Asst. Prof. Alipao presented his paper AranLinkCod: A Proposed Service-Learning Praxis Framework of UST vis-à-vis the Salamanca Process. In his presentation, Asst. Prof. Alipao introduced the see-judge-act method involved in the Salamanca Process that can guide Catholic higher education institutions such as UST in their Service-Learning delivery.

In her paper Pedagogical Approaches and Methods in Service-Learning: A Multiple-Case Study, Assoc. Prof. Abiog presented the Service-Learning pedagogies in four undergraduate courses: 1) Community Outreach at the Conservatory of Music, 2) Community Health in Medical Technology at the Faculty of Pharmacy, 3) Community Health Nursing at the College of Nursing, and 4) Math in the Modern World at the College of Science. Assoc. Prof. Abiog described these SL courses as exploratory, transformative, social constructivist, and research-based. Assoc. Prof. Turingan presented her paper Service-Learning in the University of Santo Tomas: From Theory to Practice.

In her presentation, Assoc. Prof. Turingan accentuated the expressive, artistic, transformative, and social constructivist application of Service-Learning in the curricula rooted in experiential learning.

To highlight the Service-Learning initiatives of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Guison-Bautista presented two papers titled the Analysis on the Attitudes of Medical Faculty and Students Towards Community Service-Learning Activities and Dimensions of a Culturally-Sensitive Community Service Attitude Scale for Filipino Medical Students.

Ms. Heiden Anorico of the NSTP presented her paper on eService-Learning: Understanding College Students’ Online Community Engagement in the Time of Pandemic.

Ms. Anorico shared students’ online community engagement according to the eService-Learning Triad which is composed of 1) the Area of Cognizance, 2) the Area of Connection, and 3) the Area of Concern. These areas encompass students’ online environment, issues, and discourse. Asst. Prof. Alipao, Assoc. Prof. Abiog, Assoc. Prof. Turingan, and Ms. Anorico are research associates of the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED), whereas Dr. Guison-Bautista is affiliated with the UST Research Center for the Health Sciences (RCHS).

The 4th International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL) 2022 was part of the 85th founding anniversary of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which was attended by academics, scholars, and students in a HYBRID setup.