First National Congress
6-7 December 2004, Cebu City, Philippines

Merle C. Tan
Director, UP National Institute for Science & Mathematics Education Development

Dr. Tan is a Science Education Specialist with a BS, MAT in Chemistry Teaching, and PhD in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Two years ago, she was appointed director of UP NISMED, where she has worked for 36 years.

Dr. Tan has served as consultant in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Oman and Philippines of various projects in science education and environmental science and management for international organizations like the UNDP, UNESCO, UNEP, ADB, JICA, SEARCA, INNOTECH, RECSAM, and Colombo Plan Staff College, as well as local agencies like DENR, DOST, DOH, CHED and DepEd. She has coordinated more than 60 training and curriculum development and research projects. She is project leader of several studies on assessment of student learning: Gender Differences in Scientific, Technological and Environmental Literacy of Grade 6 and Fourth Year Filipino Students (2004); What First Year Students Can and Cannot Do in Science (2002-2003); and Applied Research on International Perspectives of Environmental Education, Philippines-Japan Project (2000- 2002).

Dr. Tan has taught courses on strategies in teaching Chemistry and Environmental Education, developing higher order thinking skills, water quality monitoring techniques, curriculum evaluation, project management, traditional and alternative assessment, and waste management. She has also served as plenary speaker in international and national conferences on various topics in science education. Her published works include Nurturing Scientific and Technological Literacy Through Environmental Education (2004) published in the CICE Hiroshima University Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Water Quality Monitoring Activities for Schools and Communities (2001) published under the Deakin University Environmental Education Book Publication Project, In-service Training Programs in Environmental Education-Philippine Experience (1999) published by Integrated Environmental Management: Development, Information and Education in the Asian-Pacific Region, and several journal articles.