NISMED staff receive awards at ICIE 2012

Dr. Aida I. Yap received an Outstanding Oral Presentation Award and Ms. Arlene de la Cruz, a Popular Vote Oral Presentation Award, at the 1st International Conference on Innovation in Education (ICIE) held on 7-9 November 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme of the conference was Innovative Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Education for Enhancement of Learning for the 21st Century. The Institute for Innovative Learning of Mahidol University hosted the conference that aimed to foster the building of research communities in the field of science, mathematics, and technology education.

Dr. Aida I. Yap receives an award for
Outstanding Oral Presentation
Dr. Yap’s paper, titled “Enhancing Pupils’ Understanding of Mathematics through the Use of Digitized Learning Materials” was based on the project Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment by the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), NISMED, DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), and the Department of Education. The study investigated the effectiveness of using an interactive courseware on Grade 1 pupils’ learning of selected topics in elementary mathematics.

Ms. Arlene de la Cruz receives a
certificate for Popular Vote Oral
Presentation Award
Ms. de la Cruz’s paper was on “Building on Students’ Language Preference to Engage Them Actively in Learning How Fast Solids Dissolve in Water.” This study discussed the pretest and posttest results as well as the verbal and written expressions during and after a 4-day (1 hour/day) high school chemistry lesson on How Fast Solids Dissolve in Water using the students’ preferred language of instruction. Results showed that students preferred Tagalog or Filipino as language of instruction. In addition, the collaborative effort among the Chemistry teachers and NISMED researcher brought about positive learning outcomes like students being able to communicate their ideas and actively participate in class.

Dr. Teresita MaƱalac also presented a paper in the said conference. Her paper was on “Improving Understanding of Fractions in the Early Grades through Collaborative Lesson Research and Development.” This paper presented an analysis of a research lesson on fractions, one of the difficult topics to teach in the elementary grades. Thirteen Grade 1 mathematics teachers in a public elementary school collaboratively worked on this lesson that exemplified teaching mathematics through problem solving.