School Initiatives in Motivating Teachers to Conduct Action Research
Action research is an impetus for the teacher’s professional growth and development and improves the classroom teaching and learning process. Thus, this study determined the school initiatives in motivating teachers to conduct action research in Gubat South District, Division of Sorsogon, and School Year-2022. The respondents of this study were the 130 public elementary school teachers. This study used a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative method using survey and unstructured interview to obtain relevant data. The quantitative data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, and weighted mean. On the other hand, the qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings were the respondents’ profile in terms of age, educational attainment, and position revealed that most of the teacher- respondents were aged 31-60. However, in terms of educational attainment, most of the teachers have Masteral Units (CAR). Finally, in terms of position, most of the teachers were designated as teacher I, II, and III. Meanwhile, the three topmost challenges encountered by the teachers in conducting action research were in terms of funding workload, and time management. It was obtained a weighted mean of 4.04, 3.80 and 3.79 respectively and with a verbal description of much challenging. On the other hand, the challenges in terms of expertise got the lowest weighted mean of 3.57 with a verbal description of much. Furthermore, the school initiatives in motivating teachers in conducting action research were School Head’s Encouragement, limited integration of research in capability building, and lack of school initiatives in motivating teachers to conduct action research. The conclusions were the challenges of the teacher in conducting action research were strongly on the expertise, workload, funding, and time management. However, the school initiatives in motivating teachers to conduct action research are more on school administrators’ support and encouragement in providing quality environment and reinforcement for the teachers to immerse themselves in doing action research. Project: CARE (Capability-building for Action Research Enrichment) for Teachers were developed. The recommendations were the school heads may provide better opportunities to develop teachers’ knowledge and skills in conducting action research. They may give the appropriate workloads and lessen the non-teaching tasks of teachers.