Dr. Soledad A. Ulep, Director of UP NISMED, Dr. Aida I. Yap of the Elementary School Mathematics Group and Mr. Guillermo P. Bautista, Jr. of the High School Mathematics Group participated in the 10th APEC-Tsukuba Conference on 12-15 February 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The theme of the conference was Innovation of Mathematics Education through Lesson Study: Challenges to Energy Efficiency on STEM and Cross-border Education. The highlights of the conference included presentations by experts, observation of Japanese open classes, and a demonstration on cross-border lesson study between Japan and Malaysia using Skype. In addition, each participating economy also made presentations on the major issues and concerns on energy, current reforms in relation to STEM, and possible collaboration for cross-border education. Dr. Ulep made the presentation for the Philippines.
On 15-18 February, the SEAMEO RECSAM-University of Tsukuba Joint Seminar was also held. The theme was Searching for Quality Mathematics Curriculum Framework on the Era of Globalization. Dr. Yap, together with Mr. Bautista, made a presentation on the features of junior high school Japanese textbooks. They were involved in the translation of Grades 1-9 textbooks, published by Gakkohtosho, from Japanese to English.
Dr. Yap also talked about “Gender Equality and Textbooks.” Dr. Yap and Mr. Bautista served as moderators in the textbook workshop.