Modularized Instruction Enhances Learner Autonomy

              For the past decades, the education system in the Philippines was neglected and was never amended nor upgraded to tune in to the times of 21st century. In an effort to cope up with the changing times in the educational field, a law was passed in 2013, the “Enhancement of Basic Education Act” which aims to amend the curriculum of basic education system and add two more years in high school called Senior High School. This Act hopes to attain the development and enhancement of the student’s skills and academic knowledge to face the realities of the 21st century, hence, the K-12 Program through the Act was hastily crafted into a law. In spite of so many issues and concerns raised by various sectors, the Department of Education has to craft the curriculum that would address the spirit of the Act.

            Over the years, schools have always been concerned with the development of effective learning experience for the learners. It is generally accepted that the quality of education students gets largely dependent upon the quality of instruction they are given. There is then a necessity to use better teaching strategies in all levels of learning Social Studies. If one has to look closely at the ongoing problem of how to raise the quality of education, the effective evaluation with instructional procedures and materials in between is of great help to make our 21st learners be globally competitive. Different instructional techniques and strategies have been deployed to enhance the teaching – learning process in a Social Studies class. The foregoing dilemma of the teaching and learning process can be solved using the Modular Approach in teaching Social Studies because further studies and researches has been conducted and attest how effective for the students to understand the subject matter using the modular approach. This modularized instruction was first introduced by American educators and is found out to be effective to learners regardless of their capability and capacity to internalize and understand the topics being discussed.

            Programmed instruction in module form is an important educational innovation and a teaching technique. It also offers a solution to the problems of teaching instruction. Modular instruction promises a more efficient mass education by offering more effective individual instruction at a time when teacher is faced with a problem of producing learning in a large group all at the same time. It is a technique of self-instruction that involves the presentation of instructional materials to demonstrate their skills and comprehension (Goldschmid, 2005).

The student has the responsibility of learning by himself. He will be involved in responding to the instructional material as well as interacting with his classmates and also the teacher itself.