About Us

The National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development is a research unit and an extension arm of the University of the Philippines attached to the College of Education whose goal is to raise the level of teaching and learning of science and mathematics in the Philippine educational system.

To be a major source of quality information and services for stakeholders in science and mathematics education.

Learners learn most effectively from experiences that are engaging, mearningful, challenging, and relevant and from teachers who facilitate construction of knowledge from such experiences.

Per Board of Regents resolution approving reorganization of ISMED into the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP Gazette April-June 1997). NISMED serves as the national center for the improvement and reform of science and mathematics education with the following functions:

  1. To serve as a research and development arm of the government in science and mathematics at the basic and teacher education levels;
  2. In collaboration with DECS (now DepED), DOST, and CHED, to develop curriculum materials and to recommend standards for science and mathematics at the basic and teacher education levels;
  3. To develop and implement programs for teachers and teacher educators in science and mathematics at the basic and teacher education levels;
  4. In coordination with other agencies of the government, to develop and implement programs that will promote science consciousness and the development of a science culture in the country.


  • Gawad LIDER for Exemplary Leadership-Institutional Category (2008) by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) in recognition of its consistent demonstration of leadership qualities in “the pursuit of an idea and a performance that generated nationwide impact on public interest in the field of science education.”
  • 2006 Catholic Mass Media Awards for the Best Educational Program – Radio for the “Titser’s Iskul on the Air: Third Course” which was aired over DZMM in the radio program Bago Yan Ah!
  • Gawad Chanselor sa Pinakamahusay na Yunit sa Gawaing Ekstension (2001)
  • Gawad Chanselor sa Pinakamahusay na Yunit na Pansaliksik at Pang-Ekstensyon (1996)
  • Outstanding Extension/Community Service Award by the President of the University of the Philippines (1984).
  • DOST-SEI also designated NISMED as the National Center for Research and Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education. (2005)

Role/Contribution to Science Education

NISMED (then called Science Teaching Center) was the first curriculum research and development institution to develop and publish textbooks appropriate for Filipino students and real-life contexts. Its first generation textbooks with accompanying teachers’ guides (1964 to 1973) were adaptations of American and British – developed materials in keeping with research studies that learning is facilitated if objects of study are familiar, relevant and occur in the immediate environment. It also developed sourcebooks focused on Philippine resources (e.g., Plants of the Philippines).

Due to its leadership in curriculum development and research, STC was renamed the Science Education Center in 1967 and made a permanent unit of the University of the Philippines in 1969 by the Board of Regents with an additional budget from the Science Fund under Republic Act 5506. The Act also decreed that “appropriate texts and materials produced and published by the Center” be prescribed as textbooks in the public schools. In the mid-70s, it was designated as the Curriculum Development Center for Science and Mathematics under the World Bank-funded National Textbook Project to develop elementary and secondary textbooks and teachers’ guides in science and mathematics. These so-called 2nd generation textbooks came out in the ’80s. The funding included a grant of a building to house SEC staff.

SEC also served as the lead agency in a network of Regional Science Teaching Centers supported by UNICEF and the National Science Development Board (now the DOST-SEI) under the Science Education Development Project which built up faculty and facilities of institutions within the network. The number of institutions in this network grew through the years and many have recently become centers of excellence in their part of the country. NISMED continues to receive requests for technical and human resource support from these institutions.

Parallel to development of research-based curriculum materials, NISMED conducts teacher training programs to orient science and mathematics teachers on the use of the materials and to impart a learner-centered, hands-on philosophy through strategies that develop higher-order thinking skills on the part of students as they construct the science and mathematical concepts themselves.

NISMED continues its important functions as a curriculum research and development and extension unit of the University, disseminating its publications through its teacher training programs at the national, regional, division, district, and school levels as well as in its public lecture series.

Due to its capabilities in research, curriculum development and teacher training, NISMED was selected in the late 80’s by the Japanese and Philippine Governments to be the Project Manager of the National Learning Resource Center for Teacher Training in Science and Mathematics, a package-type grant from Japan which included construction of the Science Teacher Training Center building and a hostel, complete with equipment and furniture. The NISMED complex soon after became the venue for the Science and Mathematics Education Manpower Development Project (SMEMDP) through which NISMED staff underwent training under Japanese experts and in turn conducted national training programs for participants from all the regions of the country.  Through this project (1994 to 1999) another bountiful crop of sourcebooks, posters, improvised equipment, and nonprint materials were produced by NISMED. The practical work approach to teaching science and mathematics, exemplified by hands-on, minds-on and hearts-on activities for the learner, was widely promoted and disseminated by NISMED through this project.

To this day, NISMED leads in introducing unique and innovative programs for the betterment of science and mathematics education in the country. This is accomplished through its research-based print and nonprint materials and its professional development programs. The latter have been conducted on-site to reach the teachers in their own communities and through mentoring and collaborative schemes that build mastery of concepts and skills, as well as confidence and empowerment.

How Leadership Benefited a Particular School/Community/Organization or the Country

Most of NISMED’s programs and projects have national or regional significance. However, one of its current projects is the Collaborative Lesson Research and Development (CLRD) Project which is funded by NISMED itself involves four schools in Metro Manila. CLRD introduces lesson study as a model of continuing professional development for teachers and promotes teaching mathematics through problem solving and teaching science through inquiry.

Even as NISMED actively initiates collaboration with teachers in schools and eagerly seizes opportunities to assist individual schools whether public or private, at the district/division/ city/regional/national levels, it also responds to urgent needs of schools/institutions requesting its services in terms of upgrading teachers’ capabilities, improving their science and ICT laboratories, and conducting advocacy activities to generate students’ interest in science and/or mathematics.

Science and mathematics educators and teachers from other countries in Asia and Africa also come to NISMED for training under sponsorship from donor governments and international funding institutions. This provides further evidence of NISMED’s leadership role not only in the country but in Asia and Africa as well.