10 November 2021


Beyond the obvious changes in the academic landscape caused by the CoViD-19 pandemic, there is new awareness about the critical need to address diversities and inequities in education. This will come to light when the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), in collaboration with the National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education (NCGSME), holds the first virtual National Research Conference in Science and Mathematics Education on 10-12 November 2021.

The Capacity Building Program in Science and Mathematics Education (CBPSME) continuing and new scholars, scholar-graduates, and faculty members of the NCGSMSE member-universities will come together to gain updates on new developments in STEM education, present research outputs, and establish linkages for potential collaborations in science and mathematics education (SME).

On its 7th year, the Conference’ theme is “SME Innovations: Teaching for Diversity and Equity in the New Normal,” tackling on pressing issues brought about by the shift to digital learning and teaching in the new normal brought about by the CoViD-19 pandemic. The 3-day activity will be highlighted by a keynote talk by Prof. Dr. Silvija Markic, a Science Education expert from the Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany. There will also be parallel oral presentation sessions and poster sessions featuring the scholars’ researches. About 1000 participants from the NCGSME member-universities are expected to attend this academic event.

For the first time, the SME scholars and faculty members of the Project Science and Technology Regional Alliance of Universities for National Development or Project STRAND, will be participating in the conference. The Project STRAND is another DOST-SEI graduate scholarship program which aims to provide the S&T professionals in the regions opportunities and access to advanced degree studies in universities with high quality education.

The NCGSME is composed of the following member-universities: Ateneo De Manila University; Bicol University; Cebu Normal University; Central Luzon State University; De La Salle University; Leyte Normal University; Mariano Marcos State University; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology; Mindanao State University-Marawi; Philippine Normal University; Saint Mary’s University; University of the Philippines (UP) College of Education, UP Open University; University of San Carlos; Western Mindanao State University; and West Visayas State University.