Research Center for Culture and Social Issues

RATIONALE OF THE CENTER

With the development of the times, connection between higher education and social development   becomes increasingly closer, and universities and the cities or provinces where they are located play an exceptional role in promoting development of the cities or the province. For this, Samar State University plays an integral role in the development of  Samar province, in particular and the country, in general. Thus, it is an important approach to  depend on university resources to realize scientific development to enhance provincial competitiveness. The gigantic task of the   University to help alleviate the condition of Samareños requires its faculty, staff and students’ engagement in researches and practices that address  culture and social issues for solutions to some of the most pressing and immediate concerns of Samar.  In 2000, when Samar State Polytechnic College was preparing for its Universityhood, it formulated a roadmap that by  year 2011-2015, three Research Centers will be established- one of which is  Samar Socio-Cultural Research and Development Center.  The said Center was formally approved per BOR Resolution No. 28, series 2012 which was later named as Research Center for Culture & Social Issues by BOR Resolution No. 15, series 2016.

VISION

To engage in researches and practices addressing culture and social issues for solutions to some of the most pressing and immediate concerns of society.

MISSION

To equip faculty, staff, and students with the cultural and social issues competencies necessary to function at their best in their intellectual, leadership and pedagogical practices so that the University can provide the highest  quality of service to the locality in particular and the global  community  in general.

GOAL

To actively support the sustainable agro-fishery industry and socio-economic growth of the Province of Samar, Region 8 and the  Philippines through generation and commercialization of information and technology and  partnership with the different sectors of   development.

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve research quality and impact.
  • Capacitate faculty, staff and students along research focusing on culture and issues for  solutions to some of the most pressing and immediate concerns of society.
  • Identify, develop and implement strategically important research partnerships.
  • Increase cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
  • Generate income from research endeavour.
  • Document history, legacy and culture of Samar.
  • Disseminate, inform policy-makers and make recommendations  based on research findings in connection with issues facing Samar in particular.

Strategies

  • Establishment of linkages with stakeholders
  • Strengthening cooperation with LGUs and Peoples Organization.
  • Adoption of multi-disciplinary approach in conducting research.
  • Optimization human resource development.
  • Provision of support to researcher/s’ efforts.
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive to research.
  • Provision of educational tours and field trips.
  • Dissemination/presentation/publication of research outputs.
  • Development, publication and circulation of a research journal.

Research Priority Programs

EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION ISSUES

  • The Role of Chartered Schools in the Education   Reform
  • Leadership in Social– Change Organizations
  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics, Social Science and other Disciplines
  • The Learning Sciences as an Interdisciplinary endeavour
  • Entrepreneurship in Education
  • Technology in Learning and Learning about Technology
  • Communication Media Studies as Social Science
  • Communication as a Social Science, Information and Technologies, The Social Web
  • The Internet in its Social Context, Human-Computer Interaction, Literacies as Social Learning Experiences.

SAMAR CULTURE AND ARTS

  • Customs and Traditions
  • Dances
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Games

POVERTY  ISSUES IN SAMAR ISLAND

  • Politics and Governance. This strand will encourage research outputs that investigate governance and the socio–economic, cultural and demographic condition of Samareños.
  • Cultural Issues This will undertake innovative interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that investigates the ways in which “culture” creates and transforms individual experiences, everyday life, social relations and power of  Samareños.
  • Educational Management and Policies This strand will investigate how  existing and previous educational  management and policies has contributed to the kind of Province we now have and the kind of people we have become. It investigates deeply the quality of graduates Higher Education Institutions in the province have turned-over for employment,  learning outcomes of graduates in licensure examinations and/or competencies and results of    national achievement tests in the basic education. It looks into the different facets of learning environment and other related concern and educational issues.
  • Geography, Environment and Resources This strand will explore how environment and resources  have been   capitalized and managed. Disaster risk management, climate change mitigation and adaptation  studies are also   included in this strand.
  • Peace and Order This field will identify and analyze peace and order condition of the island in the past that immensely contributed to its  present condition.
  • Public Health This will disseminate knowledge in the public health field in order to improve efficacy,
  • effectiveness and efficiency of public health interventions to improve public health outcomes of populations is the goal of this strand.
  • Industry and Economy This will generate studies that look into the joys, hardships, struggles and challenges of fishers and farmers of the island through the  years.

Contact INFORMATION

Look for:

SHERRIE ANN CANANUA-LABID
Director, Research Center for Culture and Social Issues
Call or Text:
(055) 251- 3424
+63-917– 547– 0242
Email: sherrieann.labid@ssu.edu.ph

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