My first published research article via Philippine Normal University’s The Normal Lights

My first published research article via Philippine Normal University’s The Normal Lights
My research paper “Examining The Filipino Teacher (1907–1911) as a Platform for Education Advocacy in the Philippines” has been published in The Normal Lights: Journal on Teacher Education of the Philippine Normal University this June 2023.

I am really proud of this new career milestone since it’s my first-ever published article for a peer reviewed academic journal.

My research is about the Philippine Teachers’ Association (PTA), an organization of educators established during the American period, and its monthly journal The Filipino Teacher.

With this publication, the PTA discussed numerous education sector issues including teachers’ salary, promotion opportunities, and overcrowded classrooms – concerns that remain relevant to this day. I hope that this can be a modest contribution to the existing literature on the history of education in the Philippines.

At this point, let me acknowledge the people who helped me achieve this significant career milestone.
First is Dr. Maria Paz Morales, the director of the Philippine Normal University – Publication Office, as well as the anonymous peer reviewers whose comments greatly helped me in finalizing this work.

Second is Dr. Ferdinand Llanes of the UP Diliman Department of History whose insights shaped the initial contours of this research.

Special thanks too to Ms. Ana Porto for helping me edit the final version of the work, and to my significant other for being my cheerleader – and part-time proofreader!
To be honest, during my five years as a public school teacher, I didn’t really give much thought to the need to polish the research papers that I originally submitted for graduate classes for possible publication in an academic journal.
Back then, my time was so consumed by unnecessary paperworks and it wasn’t always clear to me how such endeavors would help my career advance.

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Mark Pere Madrona

The Filipino Scribe (TFS) is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a multi-awarded writer and licensed professional teacher from the Philippines. Mr. Madrona earned his master’s degree in history from the University of the Philippines-Diliman last 2020. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in journalism cum laude from the same university back in 2010. His area of interests includes Philippine journalism, history, and politics as well as social media. Know more about him here:

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