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Staff Present Papers in an International Conference

Dr. Yap during her paper presentation in the parallel sessions.

Dr. Aida I. Yap, Deputy Director for Administration and a member of the Elementary School Mathematics Group, and Ms. Sally B. Gutierez of the Elementary School Science Group presented their research papers during the Fifth International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education held at SEAMEO-RECSAM, Penang Malaysia on 11-14 November 2013.

The conference was organized in recognition of the importance of globalizing the trends, approaches and strategies of preparing citizens who will be able to address and solve local, national and global problems, as well as function equally well.  This is in realization of a great need to exchange ideas on how to educate the young in terms of the knowledge and skills embodied in science and mathematics, and at the same time take advantage of available technology.

With the theme “Empowering the Future Generation through Science and Mathematics Education,” the conference aimed to: 1) provide a forum to review issues, exchange ideas and share experiences on the development of Science and Mathematics education at all levels; 2) discuss developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) integration to improve learning of Science and Mathematics; 3) exchange ideas on continuing professional development as a means to sustain the development of high quality Science and Mathematics teachers; 4) encourage the sharing of knowledge, skills and experiences of experts working on new strategies to sustain Science and Mathematics education reforms in teaching and assessment; 5) strengthen professional networking among Science and Mathematics educators both locally and globally; and 6) maintain professional contacts to enhance cooperation among a consortium of international organizations and educational institutions to facilitate greater dissemination and exchange of expertise at an international level.

NISMED delegates pose with the conference organizers, keynote speakers and plenary session speakers and other international delegates after the conference dinner.

During the parallel sessions, Dr. Yap presented her paper titled “The Use of Technology for Student Learning Empowerment in Elementary School Mathematics.” She shared in her presentation the effectiveness of the use of a mathematics courseware and Tablet PC on Grade 1 pupils’ learning of concepts as shown in the result of the pilot testing conducted among ten public schools in the Philippines. According to her, the interactive feature of the courseware made pupils more focused on the lesson and participate actively in classroom discussions.

Ms. Gutierez also presented her paper titled “Integrating Bioethical Issues to Enhance the 21st Century Skills of Biology Students.” Her paper focused on the importance of developing the critical thinking and bioethical decision-making skills of biology students especially when teachers integrate topics which require judgment such as the benefits and risks of the biotechnological advancements like genetic engineering, stem cell research, cloning, the Human Genome Project, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and the social acceptance of these topics. Thus, she proposed in her presentation that when students acquire these skills, the construction of students’ knowledge in order for them to develop meaningful concepts is facilitated, critical thinking is honed, and balanced, well-informed decisions relevant to their lives may be ensured.

Aside from paper presentations to the parallel sessions, Dr. Yap and Ms. Gutierez also attended workshops on science and mathematics education. These workshops enabled them to participate in hands-on activities that enhanced their skills in the general practice of science and mathematics education.


The University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development offers seminar-workshops as part of its commitment to help upgrade the competencies of science and mathematics teachers and supervisors in the country. These courses provide an experiential base and motivation for further activity and learning in science and mathematics education for the teacher participants. To respond to the inadequate subject matter knowledge of teachers at the elementary and high school levels, these courses aim to hone participants’ understanding of concepts, processes, and thinking skills in science and mathematics at the basic education level, as well as to increase their pedagogical content knowledge.

UP NISMED can conduct specially designed seminar-workshops at other venues for a minimum of 15 trainees upon request. In such cases, the requesting party shall bear the cost of transportation and accommodation of the training staff. Arrangements, indicating the number of prospective trainees and proposed dates and venues, should be made with the Office of the Director.

Lesson Study @ NISMED
This site is the official website of the Lesson Study project of the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development of the University of the Philippines (UP NISMED).

What is Lesson Study?

  • It is a school-based teacher-led continuing professional development model for teachers. It originated in Japan in 1872.
  • It is a professional learning process in which teachers work collaboratively to:It provides teachers an opportunity to see teaching and learning in the classroom. This enables them to develop a common understanding of what effective teaching practice entails in relation to student thinking and learning.It keeps students at the heart of professional development activitiesBeing teacher-led, teachers can be actively involved in instructional change and curriculum development.
    1. formulate goals for students learning
    2. in long-term development
    3. develop “research” lessons to bring those goals to life
    4. implement the lesson and document observations
    5. discuss the evidences gathered during the lesson implementation and use them to improve the lesson
    6. teach and study the lesson again to further refine it.