HomeJPAIR Multidisciplinary Research Journalvol. 3 no. 1 (2009)

Intellectual Pyramiding as Instructional Strategy for Teaching Campus Journalism Skills

Juancho M. Babista

Discipline: Education, Literature

 

Abstract:

Campus publication is like a heterogeneous classroom where students bring multiple perspectives to the informal classroom for budding journalists: diverse backgrounds, learning styles, experiences, and aspirations thus, teacher-advisers/moderators/trainers can no longer assume a one-size-fits-all approach. This study determined the effectiveness of intellectual pyramiding as instructional strategy for teaching campus journalism skills. This sought to find out the methodology of intellectual pyramiding, the different campus journalism skills that are developed, and the effectiveness of the strategy. This employed the descriptive method of research that made use of discourse analysis, qualitative analysis, and performance evaluation. Respondents were student-journalists who passed the qualifying examinations. Data were taken from student-journalists' submitted work which were based from previously-assigned topics. Campus journalism skills were measured using rubrics to evaluate and assess the degree of acquisition of skills. Performance skills were established using results from campus journalism competitions in the regional and Luzonwide levels. To further quantify and qualify results, data were subjected to average weighted mean. Individual performance was assessed by comparing individual work. Group performance was evaluated using competition results. It is determined that intellectual pyramiding as instructional strategy is effective in developing and enhancing campus journalism skills; it boosts collaborative teaching, and increases students' ability to learn independently.