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Overseas Teaching: The Voice of Filipino Early Childhood Education Teachers in Singapore

Daryl Benedict Alicamen and Allycca Mabe Krisha Manango Becamon

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 30, Issue 4, December 2022


Keywords: Colaizzi, early childhood education, ECE Teachers, Filipino teachers, phenomenology, lived experiences, overseas teaching, teaching abroad

Published on: 15 December 2022

This paper describes the lived experiences of Filipino early childhood education (ECE) teachers in Singapore. It utilized the qualitative research method, particularly Husserlian phenomenology. Fourteen Filipino ECE teachers were involved in this study who were chosen through purposive sampling based on the inclusion criteria - bachelor’s degree graduates with specialization in ECE in any higher education institution in the Philippines and currently teaching in Singapore for at least two years. The researcher was regarded as the main instrument using the semi-structured interview. Colaizzi’s method of data analysis was used to interpret the transcriptions. The analysis of the interview captured the experiences of the Filipino ECE teachers in Singapore and revealed the five overarching themes: Teaching abroad as life’s turning point—Decision; Rigors of working abroad—Realities; Optimistic regard for adverse experiences—Conviction; Necessities for a successful pursuit—Fundamentals; and the desire to Echo the overseas journey upon return—Impact. These constitute the voice of ECE teachers in Singapore as they teach overseas. It can be construed that the Filipino ECE teachers’ experiences in a foreign country, no matter the adversities, have resulted in favorable outcomes and valuable life encounters that developed their professional, personal, and economic facets of life. This study provides the frame of reference for teachers who wish to venture overseas teaching on the circumstances they might encounter, whether on the personal or professional level. It also sheds light on the education department’s efforts to strengthen the current educational system and internationalize ECE programs at higher education institutions in the Philippines.

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