Issue of July 9, 2017
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Teachers, researchers gather to improve papers on CAR studies
by Alexa Yadao

A writing workshop was recently conducted to help researchers on the Cordillera, particularly on the indigenous peoples, polish their papers for publication. 

The 2nd Cordillera Studies Writeshop, which culminated on June 30, was organized by the Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio’s university research center. 

Cordillera Studies Center Director Leah Abayao thought of conducting the workshop to tackle the need for more researchers in the Cordillera and to help teachers whose research interests are on Cordillera studies improve their papers for publication; the latter being the “ultimate goal” of the writeshop, said Prof. Scott Saboy, the main facilitator and crafter of the writeshop design.

There were six participants for the second batch, composed of teachers from the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College, Apayao State College, and UP Baguio. 

“There are lots of potential in the Cordillera, especially teachers who may not have been able to publish maybe because they don’t have time, second they don’t have any mentoring system in their own schools, and there’s no venue for circulating their ideas,” said Saboy.

Saboy said aside from giving lessons on the technicalities of writing a paper worthy to be published, a significant chunk of the writeshop was on the indigenous worldview in order to lay the foundation or context of doing a research on Cordillera since doing research among IPs entail the need to understand that their worldview is different from other world views. 

The writeshop also featured a lecture on indigenous research methodologies or sources of knowledge, a lecture on accurate translation given by Prof. Junley Lazaga, Geographic System Information 101 such as mapping, free and accessible online resources to enrich research, and ethics or accountability, which according to Saboy, is important.  

“In an indigenous research methodology, you include the community as your participants, not create a researcher-subject divide,” explained Saboy.

Saboy also said they gave the participants a heads-up on common conceptual pitfalls, for instance, the mindset that since a researcher is a part of the indigenous community, his or her representation of IPs is accurate. 

The first writeshop was held last April with five participants. The CSC is planning to hold a third one, after the 2nd International Conference on Cordillera Studies on July 12.

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