THE PHILIPPINE SOCIETY FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND EVALUATION, INC. (PSERE)
The Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation, Inc. (PSERE) was formally recognised when it was registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 1990. The aims of the Society are to: (1) encourage and promote the interdisciplinary study of the educative process; (2) foster and advance the quality of educational research and evaluation; (3) promote the professionalization of educational research and evaluation; (4) establish the role of education in relation to societal development and to individual; (5) develop and harness national and international leadership in education research and evaluation and in other related fields of activity; (6) provide periodic professional forum for free discussion of matters of public interest, particularly problems and issues of education and society; (7) and issue publication as necessary for the dissemination of objective projects and accomplishments of the society. These aims are periodically reviewed and enhanced to meet the challenges of the times, especially changes in education an society.
PSERE began in 1989 as a group of research collaborators from five different universities in the University Belt area, headed by Dr. Mona D. Valisno (then the director of the National Educational Testing and Research Centre or NETRC). The group was founded in response to their first project, an evaluation of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), which brought to light the importance of collaborative research an evaluation, as well as the value of data in decision making. Dr. Valisno was elected first president and served the society from 1989 to 1992. She was followed by Dr. Rosita L. Navarro from 1992 to 1995; Dr. Rosita G Santos from 1995-2004; Dr. Zenaida M. Austria from 2004-2007, Dr. Ma. Flordeliza I. Anastacio from 2007 2009, Dr. Teresa R. Perez from 2009-2013 and Dr. Erna V. Yabut, its current president.
PSERE made Centro Escolar University its home and held conferences and general assemblies starting 1991 and every year henceforth, except in 1994 and 2003. Various topics were covered in these gathering! which initially started with building the research culture in the Philippines and eventually to assisting in publication, environment and sustainability and quality assurance.
PSERE is also proud to have published its own international refereed journal, the Asian Journal for Educational Research and Synergy (AJERS) which is global, comparative, and multidisciplinary in scope. I publishes original, peer-reviewed academic and scholarly articles dealing with research issues of worldwide relevance in educational practice. The primary aim of the journal is to increase understanding of various educational and research issues that cut-across all levels of education and disciplinary perspectives.
On its long years of existence, PSERE recognized its high esteemed researchers, who consistently do research, get published in reputable journals and serve as prime movers in their respective institutions. Among those recognised as research fellows are the following: Dr. Mona D. Valisno, Dr. Rosita L. Navarro, Dr. Rosita G. Santos, Dr. Zenaida M. Austria, Dr. Ma. Flordeiza L. Anastacio, Dr. Carmelita Galabia, Prof. Wilma F Caldera, Dr. Consuelo C. Callang, Dr. Allan B. De Guzman, Dr. Teofilo A. De Guzman, Dr. Luisito C. Hagos Dr. Milagros, D. The, Dr. Lucita Jacalne, Dr. Jesus Octave, Dr. Lydia Orolfo (+), Dr. Roberto N. Padua, Dr. Teresa R. Perez, Dr. Twila G. Punzalan, Dr. Lolita B. Racela, Dr. Flordeliza C. Reyes, Dr. Florencio V. Reyes (+), Dr. Dalisay V. Rigor, Dr. Catalino P. Rivera, Dr. Felicidad Robles (+), Dr. Emily B. Tan, Dr. Ma. Corazon Viridian, Dr. Erna V. Yabut, Dr. Melchor B. Magramo, Dr. Rolando Alimen, Dr. Araceli C. Doromal, Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo and Dr. Victor Ruperto B. Jaleco, Dr. Brian Gil Sarinas, Dr. Julieta Dungca, and Dr. Dennis Madrigal. Dr. Maria Dinna Avinante, Dr. Geneva Eler and Dr. Roderick Germo are in Professional in Education Research (PER) category, the entry level for all members of the Academy.
To ensure the quality of researches being done by the members, criteria for membership has been stiff and selective. Though membership of the Society was small due to the criteria, PSERE started conducting Continuing Professional Education to the different regions in the Philippines regarding research productivity. Through these efforts, the PSERE sought to ensure that the research culture will further be disseminated in the many HEIs all over the country. Institutional members continue to rise as long as they are able to sustain the requirements and maintain their active participation to the various activities of the Society.
The PSERE, now known nationally, continues to expand and is starting to make a name in the ASEAN region. Through the years, PSERE maintained its status of being an elite Society inspired by the continued support of the founding members and the Commission on Higher Education. The current officers and member! work tirelessly to ensure that the Society meets the standards set by the founders in order to accomplish their goals, anchored in raising the state of research in the country.