With the theme Assessing Learning: Innovations and Practices, the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED) in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepED) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) organized an international conference from October 26 to 28, 2010.
Dubbed “The 2010 International Conference in Science and Mathematics Education,” this year’s conference was designed to address the needs of secondary school science and mathematics teachers, and aimed to give an opportunity for high school teachers, researchers, educators, and administrators to share innovative and effective assessment practices which deepen students’ understanding and sharpen their scientific and mathematical thinking skills; enable participants to draw significant implications in promoting success in learning by using assessment and its results appropriately and productively; and expose participants to research-based examples of lessons which incorporate descriptive feedback and involve students in the assessment process.
Dr. White addresses the participants and demonstrates
an activity (inset) during a plenary session.
The conference featured prominent international and local science and mathematics educators as plenary speakers, led by key-note speaker Dr. Peter Sullivan, Professor at the Faculty of Education of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The other plenary speakers were Dr. Allan White (University of Western Australia), Dr. Beverley Cooper (Waikato University, New Zealand), Queena Lee-Chua (Ateneo de Manila University), Takuya Baba (Hiroshima University, Japan), Masami Isoda (Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development, Japan), and Dr. Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido (Central Visayan Institute Foundation). Six plenary sessions, 9 workshops, and 31 paper and case presentations filled up the agenda.
The conference was attended by 551 secondary school teachers, teacher educators, and administrators from around the country, Japan, Korea, Papua New Guinea, India, Denmark, and Turkey.