Monday, September 23, 2013

A new education research partnership between the Philippines and Australia was launched on 2 May 2013 at the UP College of Education. The Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (ACTRC), a partnership of the University of the Philippines College of Education and the University of Melbourne Assessment Research Centre, was established at the UP College of Education with the generous support of Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The Centre seeks to advise and inform the Philippine educational system through conducting research on curriculum, assessment and technology with relevance to the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum.

With this significant mission of ACTRC, two NISMED staff are involved in the Centre’s research team. Dr. Marlene B. Ferido, Chair of the High School Chemistry Group, is the Program Leader for Curriculum. Dr. Alan Williams is her counterpart Program Leader for Curriculum from the University of Melbourne. Initially, Dr. Ferido and her team will conduct research on implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) and on the alignment of the intended, implemented, and assessed science curriculum focusing on inquiry skills. Other NISMED Science staff will also be involved in the research focusing on science inquiry skills. On the other hand, Dr. Aida I. Yap, Deputy Director for Administration, is a member of the Assessment in Education research team. Their initial activity is to develop assessment tools focusing on Grade 1 Mathematics to be administered in three provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)—Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Tawi-Tawi. The assessment tools to be developed will be translated into languages of these provinces.

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