EDECOLEPMENTALISM – A Personal Philosophy in Higher Education

This article briefly introduces Edecolepmentalism – a personal philosophy in higher education based on the interaction between education, economics and development.

Read more to find out how today’s knowledge-based economy steer the development of a nation, and even the whole world.

The Background

Year 2001. I was a part-time lecturer at the Department of English and Applied Linguistics at Dela Salle University, Manila and at the same time a CHED scholar for a master’s degree, Master of Arts in Teaching English Language when I met a colleague in the Economics Department. He was a newly hired faculty then but he’d been working as a bank manager for 20 years.

After a short introduction, we talked about the future of education and the money one can get if he/she invests in education business. He said, “There is money in education.” And that is his main reason for leaving his job in the banking business.

After 8 years, Dr. Elnora Loriega, my professor in Philosophy of Education at West Visayas State University required us to have our own educational philosophy. And I came up with my very own. I call it edecolepmentalism.

What is Edecolepmentalism?

“Edecolepmentalism” is my personal philosophy in higher education. It is derived from the words education, economics and development. Ed – is for education; eco- is for economics; and lepmentalism – is for development.

This philosophy is anchored on how the UNESCO defined and perceived education in general as “education – a key to get rid of poverty.” I philosophize that in higher education, we can develop a nation, and the world in general, through transnational education (blended or purely digital learning).

A well-developed country or world, as can be seen in its economy (knowledge-based economy), is a byproduct of a quality transnational education through blended or digital learning curriculum. This is the trend in the 21st century.

definition of edecolepmentalism
Conceptual framework of edecolepmentalism.

I already thought about edecolepmentalism before but I hesitated to submit it. I knew for a fact that my readings about curriculum development and the observations and immersions that I did were not enough to capture this phenomenon. So, the philosophy that I submitted to Dr. Loriega was not about it.

Illustration of Edecolepmentalism

It was towards the end of 2010-2011 when I learned that more business tycoons in the Philippines are investing huge amount of money in education following the university-industry model. In this model, the university provides the human capital or graduates that the industry needs such as the the E2E system (enrollment-to-employment) of the Systems Technological Institute or (STI) and the John B. Lacson Maritime University.

I believe that the best indicator of program effectiveness is when all the students who are enrolled in a course can finish it during the prescribed period of time and able to land a job after graduation. This kind of indicator is based on the principle of economics – the return on investment.

The bottom line is that students and their parents will choose a course or a program in which they can easily get their investments back. And the E2E system assures them that there are jobs waiting for their children after graduation.

In conclusion, this personal philosophy in higher education arose as a result of the knowledge I gained while taking up a doctorate degree in curriculum development and personal immersion in the business community.

© 2014 June 9 M. G. Alvior

By Alvior, Mary G.

Dr. Mary Gillesania Alvior has PhD. in Curriculum Development from West Visayas State University. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching English Language at De La Salle University, Manila as CHED scholar. She worked at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia as an English instructor and curriculum developer. Her committee was responsible for the development of an english curriculum based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and used the English Language Proficiency Exams as assessment tools. In 2016, she moved to Thailand and taught at the St. Theresa International College. She was able to teach English and Education courses to college and MA students. In the Diploma in Teaching course, she was able to observe different classes in Thailand. From pre-school to high school classes, from private to government schools, from small private schools to the most elite schools, and from local schools to international schools. Her students came from 14 countries and some of them are retired from famous organizations and graduates of Oxford University, McGill University, National University of Singapore, MIT, British Columbia, among others. Her experiences in a multi-cultural environment made her exposed to different curricula and programs abroad. Curricular programs that are industry-related, innovative, and follow global standards. The kind of programs that are much needed by developing countries.

19 replies on “EDECOLEPMENTALISM – A Personal Philosophy in Higher Education”

Dr. Alvior,

Good day.

I am a student at the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) taking up Master in Maritime Administration , specializing in Maritime Education, Training and Certification (MARAD-METC). Can you kindly provide references for curriculum development for my perusal?

Thanking you in advance.

Best regards,

Cecilio E. Rahon Jr.
Master Mariner

Dear Sir Cecilio,

Thank you for visiting the site. Most of the books I have for Philippine setting are written by Dr. Purita Bilbao who is my program and dissertation adviser. Some of her books are in National Bookstore. But it would be easier for me to help you if you have specific topics.

Your course is important nowadays specially that we need to globalize higher education. Training and certification are highly important for accreditation, etc.

Dear Sir Cecilio,

Thank you so much for visiting the site! You may look for books written by Dr. Purita Bilbao. But, I can help you more if you have specific topics, so that I know what kind of materials/references to share with you.

God bless to your endeavour.



Good Day Maam Alvior,

We are in the process of doing a research on the Level of Awareness of CBA family to PSU VMGO. Can we have a copy of your paper? Matamang salamat.

Merl Rago

hi maam,

im currently working and also a student of teachers education..i really find your edecolepmetalism philosophy very interesting. fact is , i really do believe that in order for us to be globally competitive we should enhance our education to employment system here in the Philippines,

kudos to you maam!

Thanks a lot, Swiftiena. You make me happy by your kind words. God bless and please help us spread this site for the humanity.

Hello, Ibrahim. Students are one of the most important stakeholders in curriculum development. They are the first recipient of the curriculum. The curriculum is developed primarily because of them.

Hello, Cathy. I’m so sorry but I can’t give you a direct answer because the philosophy and values must be coming from the school and they would help the community. I’m not aware of the community and the school you are referring to.

Am student doing my master of education in Zambia.I would be very grateful to learn more about your educative site.

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