UP NISMED Holds 2nd Roundtable on Its Research and Extension Agenda

UP NISMED hold its second roundtable on its Research and Extension (R & E) Agenda on 2 June 2022 via Zoom. The roundtable aimed to present to the stakeholders the Institute’s R & E Agenda and to gather insights and feedback. The first roundtable was conducted on 23 March 2022 with former and current NISMED leaders. This time, it brought together representatives from partner government and private institutions. The Department of Education was represented by education specialists from the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), Bureau of Educational Assessment (BEA), Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD), and the Bureau of Learning Resources (BLR). The roundtable was also participated by leaders from the different organizations like the Center for Integrated STEM Education (CISTEM), the International Labor Organization (ILO), Microsoft Philippines, STEM Leadership Alliance Philippines, the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), and the Philippine Science High School System. The Dean of the College of Education of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Dr. Jerome T. Buenviaje, Chair of the College’s Research Committee, Dr. Lizamarie C. Olegario, UP Integrated School Principal, Mr. Anthony Joseph C. Ocampo, and representatives from the College of Science were also present during the roundtable. UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo and Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Gonzalo A. Campoamor II also attended the roundtable. Chancellor Nemenzo, in his message, pointed out the need to find the best method in delivering Science and Mathematics lessons that would necessitate teachers to go out of their comfort zones. He also emphasized the importance of data literacy today and the need to recognize the significance of data across the disciplines.

Participants of the second roundtable on UP NISMED’s Research and Extension Agenda for 2022-2027.

Ms. Ivy P. Mejia, Chair of UP NISMED’s Knowledge Management, Research, Evaluation, and Learning (KMREL) Ad Hoc Committee, presented the core themes of the agenda which are based on the Institute’s mandate to do research, develop curriculum materials, and implement professional development programs and activities that can help improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Ms. Mejia also discussed the drivers of the agenda and the priority areas initially identified by the different workgroups of the Institute. The discussion and sharing of insights followed the presentation of the agenda and was moderated by UP NISMED Director Sheryl Lyn C. Monterola. During the discussion, Director Monterola emphasized that the R & E agenda serves as a global positioning system for the work that UP NISMED is going to do in capacitating teachers in developing curriculum materials for STEM education, and in doing more research to be able to inform curriculum development and policy formulation in the next five years. The roundtable gathered useful inputs and insights from the stakeholders present. These ranged from pointing out the strengths of UP NISMED’s R & E agenda to the challenges, emphasis, additional priority areas, and concrete steps that UP NISMED needs to address. Aside from these, possible partnerships were also identified. Dean Jerome T. Buenviaje, expressed appreciation of this initiative of the Institute which is a good starting point to formalize the important things that are needed to define the tri-unit role of the College of Education, UP NISMED, and UP Integrated School, in the University.