ENSURING STUDENT-CENTERED, CONSTRUCTIVIST AND PROJECT-BASED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING APPLYING THE EXPLORATION, RESEARCH, INTERACTION AND CREATION (ERIC) LEARNING MODEL

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Eric Agullana Matriano

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Experiential learning literally is making meaning from direct experience. It plays vital role in facilitating the process of creating knowledge, sense-making and knowledge transfer in teaching, training and development. This study assessed the effectiveness of Exploration, Research, Interaction and Creation (ERIC) Learning Model which is a framework adopted from various theories and philosophies such those of student-centered, constructivist-based, project-based, experiential, multisensory, reflective, participatory, interactive, cooperative, collaborative and active learning. Mixed method was used employing pre-experimental design and narrative analysis of learning experiences. Pre-test and posttest, survey, interview, observation and focus group discussions were made. There were 32 college students in the Tourism Management Program enrolled in NAS 106 (Environmental Science) and 28 enrolled in BST 323 (Ecotourism) for Academic Year 2018 - 2019 at Columban College, Inc. and were used as subjects. Quantitative data were treated using Mean, Weighted Mean and t-Test for Dependent Samples. Student’s engagement and involvement were maximized by exploration, research, interaction and creation and they adapted the skills and strategies for them to become responsible learners and lifelong learners. There was a significant increase in the performance of students as well as develops more positive attitude towards the topics.

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Eric Agullana Matriano, Columban College, Inc.

Prof. Eric A. Matriano is a graduate of Doctor of Education at Columban College, Inc. in 2002 and Doctor of Philosophy major in Business Management at Manuel L. Quezon University in 2014.                    He finished Bachelor of Arts in General Science in 1994 and took Master’s of Arts in Education major in Science Education and Master’s of Business Administration. He recently obtained another degree in BSBA major in Human Resource Development Management.   He is one of the awardees for the Top Management Program at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) under Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Faculty Development Scholarship Program for K-12 Transition.   He is the Dean of the College of Business and Accountancy at Columban College, Inc. He is also the Director of the Quality Assurance Office and concurrent Director of Planning and Development Office of the said institution.           Dr. Matriano is also a graduate school professor, international research committee reviewer, book author,  statistician, seminar-workshop speaker, multi-awarded international research presenter, Regional Quality Assurance Team (RQAT) CHED– Region III member and active accreditor of the Philippine Association of Colleges, Universities Commision on Accreditaion (PACUCOA).