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Praxis Program
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Praxis Program synthesizes OSCI’s four-year social formation program through the integration of technical courses with a core subject. It serves as a venue for the 4th year students to apply their acquired skills and knowledge while rendering service to the marginalized communities of our society. It aims to address the students’ role in the society through the practice of their chosen field.

         
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Economics 177 Program is a coordinated program of the Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI) with the Economics Department. The program is primarily designed to provide students with the concepts and tools to analyze, examine social development concerns and to be critical in assessing the economic situation through experiential learning.

With this in consideration, the Ateneo de Manila University through the Economics Department integrated in its curriculum Economics 177 Program (Theory and Practice of Social Development). Specifically, the course examines how key economic concepts and methods of analysis can be applied in assessing and evaluating a range of social development projects.
                     
                   
Alternative methods of economic and social organization within the Philippine social policy arena are explored. The course has the following objectives:

1) to present the analytical foundations of developing planning,
2) to train & prepare students to become leaders

In doing so, the students should be able to apply the tools and principles learned, on an actual development concern, involving fieldwork exposure.

In line with vision and mission of Ateneo de Manila, OSCI is tasked to bring the social concerns of our society to the Ateneo community. More than this, OSCI has the duty to form its students to be socially conscious and to develop the “heart” for the marginalized sectors in our society.

It is therefore the objective of OSCI to assume a consequential role in the implementation of the Eco 177 Program. Primarily, OSCI liaisons with various Government agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Peoples’ Organizations (POs), and institutions that are similarly in the field of social development.


PHASES OF ECO 177 PROGRAM


A. Meeting with the faculty involved

The OSCI Program Officer (PO) and faculty involved in the program meet to discuss the following:

a. type and number of host institution (NGO, PO, GO or Foundations),
b. schedule of activities (orientation, field research, processing, presentation and evaluation), and
c. grading system

B. Linking with GOs, NGOs, POs

1. Identification and coordination with host institutions

From various network of NGOs, POs, and Foundations, OSCI formator-in-charge identifies institutions which have project and programs suggested by the professor.
         
The OSCI formator-in-charge then establishes coordination with the partner institutions to identify existing programs that are suitable for field research. Interested agencies will confirm their interest to host students in their field work. After this, the OSCI Formator sets a meeting with the heads or key officers of NGOs and/or GOs to discuss the details of the field research.


2. Area Visit for OSCI Formator
Accompanied by staff from partner institutions, OSCI formator-in-charge visits field research sites to coordinate with the area and meet the key persons in the barangay or community.          
This visit is significant since it is used for further assessing the area’s criteria (i.e. safety of the students, availability of data, and impact of their project to social development). Furthermore, the visit also provides OSCI an idea on the exact location of the project site.

3. Orientation

A. Class Orientation

The class orientation aims to render Eco 177 students with general information about
the field research. Basically, the orientation includes the leveling off of expectations, the
terms of reference and some tips in conducting community entry. The schedule of this
orientation is announced in the class by the faculty. The orientation is absolutely
necessary for the students.

• Attendance is imperative and absence or lateness consequently results to one class cut.

B. Group Consultations

This is done following class orientation to provide the students with a brief background the economic status of the Philippines. Part of this orientation is for them to gain a little knowledge of the host institution and to have a grasp of their roles as part of the program (Learning Agreement). Also, additional integration tips (on data gathering & community entry) and logistical reminders are given to the students during orientations. This is to assist them in their field research.

• Students must attend said group consultation.
• Group consultation should be scheduled a week earlier prior to going to identified partner institution.
• Students should properly consult with OSCI first prior to making appointment with the partner institution.

C. Host Institution Orientation

The orientation provided by the host institution aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of the area/community, the institution’s mandate, historical background, current program and relevant data (i.e. financial records, targets for planning, output of evaluations, archived data, etc…).

4. Community Entry(First Area Visit) for the Students

Before the actual fieldwork, students must undergo a community entry process. Integrated with the Theology 141 Immersion Program, students will undergo a basic community entry for them to integrate and to be familiarized with the area or community they will be working with for the rest of the semester.
         
5. Actual Field Research

Field work will be formally conducted on the second half of the semester. The students are expected to establish preliminary contacts and/or visits before the start of the formal field work. Thus, preferred schedules like orientations, meetings & area visits must be well coordinated with the partner institutions.
             
Also, they have to do their field research using the framework required by the faculty and in accordance with the expected output agreed upon by OSCI and the host institution. Furthermore, students are expected to have an understanding of the conceptual and policy issues in their assigned sectors.

Using the methodologies specified by the course, the students gather data about the specific program or services of their host institution. In some cases, students are expected to be part of the ongoing research project of the institution.

6. Processing

The processing activity aims to deepen the experiences of the students in their respective area of research. It is hoped that through integrating the experiential learning with the theories learned inside the classroom, OSCI contributes in the formation of socially-aware and involved professionals. In addition, through shared reflections of their experiences, the students will better understand the importance of social development work and its implications in the lives of the marginalized sectors.

• Prior to class presentation, the students should be able to arrange with OSCI Formator-in-charge schedule of processing session.

7. Presentation of Expected Output

After the field work, the group will submit a report based on their researches and experiences.

The final output of the research will be presented to the Eco 177 faculty, OSCI Formator, and the host institution’s key person subject for grading and evaluation. A final copy of the paper will also be given to the aforementioned individuals.
           
8. Evaluation

An evaluation is conducted by OSCI to gather feedback from partner institutions, students, Eco 177 faculty to determine areas of improvement of the program. The aforementioned parties come together to sit down and discuss matters concerning the failure and success of the program, so as to properly determine how the program be improved in the next implementation.
                         
                                   
           
TERMS OF REFERENCE


TOR serves as guide of the partners involved in the program. This is primarily important because this is what binds the regulation in implementing the program with the partner institutions. Students, specially, are encouraged to keep track with the stated terms of reference.

Students

1. Get the name, address and phone number of your host institution form OSCI.
2. Students are expected to coordinate properly with the partner institution (i.e. schedule meetings and visits ahead of time so as not to disrupt the schedule/s of the partner institution. The students will be responsible in finalizing their schedule with the partner institution).
a. Ask your contact person for an appointment. The contact institution will give an orientation to your group about their background. During the orientation, explain to your contact person/s the target output, expectations and limitations in doing the field research.
b. Preferably, only one group leader or one contact person from your group will coordinate with the institution (re: appointments & confirmation of schedules).
c. During orientation, it is advisable that you already discuss among yourselves your proposed field work schedules.
3. In dealing with the host institution, NGOs or POs, we must observe utmost courtesy.
4. Students should provide OSCI with an itinerary that clearly specifies departure dates and planned activities in the area. Itinerary shall be submitted to OSCI before departure.
5. Students are expected to shoulder transportation and meal costs.
6. Students should always bring the monitoring sheet provided by OSCI and have it signed by institution’s representative after the field work within a day.
7. Do not forget to provide the host institution a copy of your report as this is one of their basis in grading.
8. In case of any emergency (during field work), you may call at OSCI 426-6001 loc. 5090 – 5092 during office hrs and look for Agnes Tibor, Carlos Granados or Ms. Eloi Rivera, OSCI Director.

Partner Institutions

1. Provide the students with orientation on the institution’s mandate, projects and relevant data (i.e. financial records, targets for planning, output of evaluations, archived data, etc…)
2. Allow the students to interview clientele, partners or beneficiaries as well as project staff and managers.
3. If actual visits to project sites are required, the partner institution should provide guides.
4. Partner institutions are also requested to grade the research paper of the group based on the guidelines given to them by the faculty.

OSCI

1. Network with partner institutions (NGOs, POs, LGUs, Foundations, etc…) and con duct social investigation to determine the partner institution’s willingness to host, accessibility, relevance of project, availability of data, security of the area and openness of the partner institution to assist student research groups.
2. Provide the research groups instructions on how to reach the area or office and provide the students with a contact person within the institution.
3. Provide students with basic integration tips during orientation.
4. Grade the students with their research work.




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