“Why Trust Science and Science Education?”
Public debates around issues such as climate change and vaccination have put into question the public trust in science (Oreskes, 2019). Some science education researchers have adopted positions that science is fundamentally shaped by ideology (Mackenzie, Good, & Brown, 2014). The emerging lines of research in science and science education have been based on claims that science suffers from a systematic bias through sexism, racism, capitalism, colonialism and other ideological interests. The methodological approaches such as ethnomethodology, deconstructionism and critical theory have mediated the propagation of such lines of research along with showcasing of historical case studies of misuse of and abuse by science in society.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching announces the release of its special issue, Science Teaching, Learning, and Assessment with 21st Century, Cutting-Edge Digital Ecologies. The works in this special issue present excellent examples of recent developments in research on digital technologies and ecologies on science teaching, learning and assessment, highlighting their potential for transforming science education, as well as generate promising areas for future research.
Considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the related uncertainty around planning and travel, the ESERA Board has decided to hold an exclusively virtual conference. The dates of the conference (30th August to 3rd September 2021) remain the same. Further details including a call for papers will be announced in due course.
ESERA Executive Board
The ESERA Executive Board invites proposals from established science education research groups to host the ESERA 2023 Conference.
The ESERA Executive Board invites proposals from established science education research groups to host the ESERA 2022 Summer School.
to be awarded as soon as possible for a period of three years.
The holder of the scholarship will be part of the Physics Education Group at the Institute for Mathematics and Physics Education (IDMP) at the Leibniz University Hannover. The topic of this PhD work is “Formative Assessment in the Classroom supported by Machine Learning.”
IJSME 2022 Special Issue: Reading in Science and Mathematics Education
The editors invite you to submit an article for a special issue on "Reading in Science and Mathematics Education" focusing on topics related to, but not excluding, the following:
More information can be found at: https://www.springer.com/journal/10763/updates/18319338
ESERA has conducted a Virtual Doctoral Network (VDN) event from June 28th- July 4th.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curriculum and instructional design continuously undergo reforms that aim to prepare learners for the challenges of the 21st century (Hoeg & Bencze, 2017; Pietarinen, Pyhältö & Soini, 2017).
Dear Graduate Student,
This is an opportunity to discuss the process of the job search in light of the current situation and ask questions to prepare yourself for the future. The points of discussion include a) job-market experiences as a recent graduate student, current post-doc, and assistant professor; b) preparing for the interviewing process, creating a timeline and application materials; and c) applying for positions in teaching universities versus research universities.
Join us for the webinar on June 16, 2020, at 12 pm EST. Register at https://bit.ly/3gM2Hlz.
The event is open to all graduate students. Therefore, NARST membership is not required. Spread the word and follow us on Twitter using hashtags #NARSTGrads and #NARST2020.
In light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic worldwide and the associated uncertainties regarding travel, the ESERA Board has decided that the next conference due to take place in Braga, Portugal from 30th August to 3rd September 2021 will take place in a hybrid fashion.
All doctoral students can register for free to attend the plenary presentations of ESERA Virtual Doctoral Network by June 5th. Please register at the following link:
We are pleased to inform you that the plenary presentations of the ESERA Virtual Doctoral Network will be open to all doctoral students to view live.
The Department of Science Education, Section for Science and Mathematics Education Research and Teaching (SMART), seeks an excellent scholar for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in higher education research.
A new vacancy for an Education Laboratory Coordinator is now open. You can find more information in the following link:
We are happy to offer a free Ph.D.-Course in qualitative methodologies in Science Education at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, November 16th – 20th 2020. And it is pleasure to present a list of international expert scholars as teachers:
The 25th Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education will continue a long tradition begun in 1981 with the first symposium on chemical education organized by Hans-Jürgen Schmidt. The upcoming symposium will be held for the first time at Ludwigsburg University of Education in 2020. The 2020 symposium is titled “Science education, culture and sustainability in the digital age”.
LUMAT Research Summer School will be held from 1–3.6.2020 in a beautiful venue by a lake in Espoo close to national Park Nuuksio – located nearby Helsinki, Finland in Hotel Nuuksio. First 25 registered participants will be included in the summer school. Register by 31.3 at the latest.
I am very sad to let you know that professor John K. Gilbert passed away unexpectedly on 9 February. As most of you will know, John has made an incredible contribution to research, practice and policy of science education over a period of more than 50 years.
A one-year, full-time position as a postdoctoral researcher in science communication is available at the University of Copenhagen, with the possibility of a one-year extension. The position starts on 1 May 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position represents a strategic exploration of the interfaces between science communication research and ‘informal’ science education research.
A number of academies, societies and organisations will be distributing an Oxford University Press survey to members, member organisations, committees and Special Interest Groups canvassing views of experts to influence the PISA science programme – PISA is the world’s largest international education study, involving over half a million students across 80 countries. It assesses 15 year olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. It provides insights to governments and policy makers and is often a catalyst for change in education systems.
The NARST International Committee will be offering two doctoral students, up to 2,500USD each to participate in the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) summer school.
The NARST International Committee will be offering one mentor scholarship (up to 500USD) for a NARST member to participate as a mentor at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) summer school 2020.
About Conference/Scope/Call for Papers :
"International Conference on Fuzzy Mathematical Analysis and Advances in Computational Mathematics (FMACAM-2020)." is organized by the Department of Mathematics, Ramanujan School of Mathematical Science, Pondicherry University and will be held during March 27-28, 2020. The primary objective of this Three day international conference is to bring together emerging researchers, eminent scientists and worldwide professionals associated with the field of fuzzy mathematics and advances in computational mathematics, and provide a high-quality forum for the discussion and dissemination of recent developments in the area. The conference includes plenary sessions and invited talks by eminent researchers and scientists in the field. Contributions describing original research are invited.
The NARST International Committee is offering travel scholarships to support the travel of PhD students and early-career scholars within six years of completion of their PhD to travel to the 2020 NARST Annual International Conference to be held March 15 – 18, 2020, in Portland, Oregon, USA. For the application form and additional information, please view the full announcement.
ESERA is offering travel awards of up to 1.000 euros each to support ESERA members who are currently enrolled in doctoral studies or who were awarded their doctorate after 1st January 2017 to travel to research venues.
For more information please follow the link. https://www.esera.org/phd-research/travel-fellowship
The Department of Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Georgia invites applications for a position as an Assistant Professor of Science Education to begin August 2020. The position is a tenure-track, academic year appointment with the possibility of summer employment.
The next ESERA Summer School will be held in the city of Oxford, England from June 28 to July 4th, 2020. It will be hosted jointly by the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. The summer school sessions will take place in Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. This is close to Norham Gardens where Oxford University Education department is located.
The Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen (https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/ ) is looking for a postdoc to focus on science teaching and learning in university laboratories. Application deadline: September 1st 2019. See full announcement here: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=149950
The postdoc’s duties will primarily include research within the project ‘Improving Quality of Laboratory Learning at University Level’ (IQ-Lab) which is a collaboration between Department of Science Education at the Faculty of Science and Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Health. A copy of the project description is available at https://iqlab.sites.ku.dk/project-description/
The third edition of the Educating the Educators conference series is now only a couple of months away and we are excited to present the program schedule to you! On October 7-8, 2019, researchers, teacher educators, STEM PD centres, policy makers and business representatives from around the world will gather at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany, to help reshape the future of STEM education. This conference will provide an innovative space for fruitful exchanges around a common question of these diverse groups: how do we best scale up professional development (PD) in maths and science education?
The election poll of ESERA Executive Board is now open!
You should have received an email to vote.
The deadline for the Elections is 28th of August 2019.
Expressions of interest are sought from very experienced science education academics with strong research profiles for the role of Co-Editor In Chief of ASERA's journal 'Research In Science Education (RISE)'. After 3 years Professor Donna King is stepping down, and a co-Editor is sought to work with Associate Professor Ange Fitzgerald and the Editorial Board. RISE is one of the top 3-4 journals in the world in the field of science education, with a rising Impact Factor, and an experienced person with considerable editorial and reviewing experience with RISE and other high-quality science education journals is sought.
Professor in Physics Education Research 2019-06-17
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden
Last application date: 2019-09-01
Full information here: https://www.physics.uu.se/aboutus/available-positions/?positionId=271492
The registration deadline for presenting authors for being inserted in the programme of the conference is June 10th.
Do not missed it!
RISE Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Analysing Science Classroom Discourse
The editors of RISE invite you to submit an article for this special edition focusing on the methodology of using discourse analysis in science classrooms. Articles could be a review; theoretical; empirical or comparative. Submission of abstract deadline is September 30, 2019.
we are pleased to invite you to the upcoming “Educating the Educators III” conference (ETE III) on approaches to scaling-up professional development in maths and science education. We expect about 200 researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world.
The conference will take place on October 7-8, 2019 at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany.
The registration is now open on https://icse.eu/educating-the-educators-iii/. Early bird registration is open till 4th June 2019.
Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Science Education Biology. This is an exciting opportunity to shape sector-leading provision for Moray House School of Education in the subject area of Teacher Education, mainly the field of Primary Education.
Applications are invited for the position of Teaching Fellow in Chemistry Education. This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and expanding team shaping sector-leading provision for Moray House School of Education in the subject area of Science Education, specifically the field of Chemistry Education.
The deadline for the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is very close: you have until April 30th to finalize your registration and have a huge discount on the conference fee. Don't miss it!
Nature of STEM or Nature of S, T, E, M?
Investigating the Interdisciplinary Foundations and the Educational Applications of STEM
Science & Education Journal invites papers investigating the interdisciplinary underpinnings of STEM (short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and STEM education. The interdisciplinary underpinnings can include historical, philosophical and sociological approaches. In recent years there has been increasing emphasis on STEM education in international curriculum and policy documents (National Science and Technology Council, 2013; The Royal Society Science Policy Centre, 2014).
University of Jyväskylä, Finland, seeks an Associate Professor in Research on teaching and learning of mathematics and science (tenure track); see https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=13&id=00007181&lang=fi
Application deadline: May 31st, 2019
Date of event: 29th May 2019
Last Booking Date for this Event: 25th May 2019
Location: at King’s College London
Book on https://estore.kcl.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/academic-faculties/faculty-of-social-science-public-policy/school-of-education-communication-and-society/an-introduction-to-designbased-implementation-research-a-cited-workshop
If you would like to find out more about a new science education project called ‘Broadening Secondary School Science’ (BRaSSS), have a look at https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/broadening-secondary-school-science.
CERN’s Communication, Education & Outreach Group is currently looking for two PhD students to support the Physics Education Research team at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. The selected candidates will join CERN’s Teacher & Student Programmes section and focus on students’ interest and science identity in the framework of modern physics contexts and medical applications.
We are seeking applications to fill 14 positions on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).
This year, we especially invite applicants with strong methodological skills of all sorts, but particularly in quantitative and design studies. We are also especially interested in those with expertise in the integration of engineering into K-12 science education, and in research on science education at higher education levels.
The NARST International Committee is pleased to announce a number of scholarships ranging from $300 - $1,200 for international students and early-career faculty/researchers to attend the 2019 NARST Annual Conference. NARST members studying or employed outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply by February 8, 2019.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Call for Papers: Science Teaching, Learning, and Assessment with 21st Century, Cutting-Edge Digital Ecologies.
24 January 2019 | Researchers at the University of Liverpool have collaborated with teachers and pupils to develop practical strategies for the teaching and learning of evolution.
Emeritus Professor Terry Russell and Dr Linda McGuigan worked with schools across the North West of England on the project, which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Practical outcomes include a curriculum ‘road map’ and a website to promote pupils’ evidence-based exchanges of ideas about evolution.
The deadline for the submission of proposals to ESERA2019 conference is on the 31st of January.
Please try to avoid a last minute submission that could create technical problems.
Two merit-based PhD scholarships are available for the holders to participate in a research project entitled ‘Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Enhance Students’ Science Visualisation’ (funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme, DP190100160).
The Department of Science Education and the Department of Computer Science seeks an excellent scholar for a full professorship in digital education with joint appointment in the two departments – see the full announcement and apply before February 27, 2019 here: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=148641
A friendly reminder that the due date for graduate student scholars interested in the 2019 Sandra K. Abell Institute is Tuesday, January 15th at midnight. We will begin reviewing applications soon after.
All doctoral students are invited to apply for this prestigious opportunity to work with various scholars in the field.
You can find more detailed information on the Institute website here: https://www.mtsu.edu/tsec/SandraKAbell.php
This is the call for an invited symposium of the ESERA Special Interest Group Nr 4 Science|Environment|Health at ESERA 2019 in Bologna. (for more information about the SIG, see here).
The call is based on a paragraph of our latest SIG4 publication (for more, see here) that resulted from the SIG4 invited symposium at ESERA 2017 conference in Dublin.
There, we are writing:
Don’t Predict - Adapt
The interesting point about complexity is that it, in principle, does not allow for prediction. However, in most science oriented approaches, and, thus, also in health and science education, scientific prediction plays a prominent role and is the epistemological twin of scientific explanation. Actually, most health and environmental guidelines are based on scientific knowledge and ask for sound action based on predictions of “good” or “bad” outcomes. Thus, the “art of decision making” in complex contexts is to take scientific knowledge into account, but to interpret its meaning in terms of concrete complex contexts.
We are pleased to kindly ask colleagues to submit contributions that reflect on the question: How can science education help students to properly adapt in Science|Environment|Health contexts? All types of contributions, such as empirical studies, literature reviews, but also theoretical approaches etc., are explicitly welcome, as long as they are soundly grounded in present science education research.
Please send us your proposals (200 words: introduction, research questions, method, results, discussion conclusion). We will then make a primary selection and create the final symposium which will be submitted to the ESERA review process.
Feel free to share this call with other colleagues and researchers that might be interested. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.
The ESERA SIG4 co-coordinators
Albert Zeyer, Bern University of Applied Sciences (CH)
Alla Keselman, National Library of Medicine (US)
The conference “Teaching Science and Mathematics in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Settings” aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and stakeholders from around the world to discuss issues pertaining to the role of language and culture in STEM.
we are pleased to present to you the official call for proposals of the upcoming “Educating the Educators III” conference (ETE III) on approaches to scaling-up professional development in maths and science education.
SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education (CIEE) is seeking Post Doctoral Fellows. Fellows will work closely with the Executive Director Richard Duschl, CIEE staff, and CIEE affiliated faculty in the Lyle School of Engineering and Simmons School of Education who are participating in STEM education research, development, and/or outreach projects.
The Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, seeks an excellent scholar for a three-year position as associate professor in science teaching and learning in laboratories – see the full announcement and apply before December 16, 2018 here: https://jobportal.ku.dk/videnskabelige-stillinger/?show=148375
The Swiss and International Winter School of Science Education will be held on 20-23/1/2019 at Monte Vérità/Ticino
The winter school is organized in cooperation with the Swiss association of science education research (DiNat),
with input by experts form Switzerland and from abroad.
Participants from abroad welcome!
Further information and registration:
My relationship with ESERA
I am a member of ESERA since 1999 and I have attended all the ESERA conferences since then. I have also attended three ESERA summer schools, one as a PhD student (Slovenja, 2002) and two as a coach (Kapadokya, Turkey, 2014 & Jyväskylä, Finland, 2018). Currently I am head of the organizing committee of the ESERA summer school 2019 in Crete Greece.
The International Society for Cultural-Historical and Activity Research (ISCAR), the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Ioannina and the Department of Psychology of the University of Crete, are happy to announce the organization of the International conference “Crisis in Contexts”.
Two tenure-track faculty positions are open for highly qualified individuals in science education or brain connectivity. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent. The successful recruit will be appointed at the levels of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professors.
DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE EDUCATION
The Section for Science and Mathematics Education Research and Teaching (SMART) seeks an excellent scholar for a tenure-track assistant professorship and a four year assistant professorship in science or mathematics education.
A research workshop will take place in Thailand in June 2018!
This is partially funded from a grant (LSEP) through the NARST International Committee.
As already announced at ESERA 2017 we now launch the project of a second edition of the book:
Zeyer, A., & Kyburz-Graber, R. (Eds.). (2012). Science | Environment | Health. Towards a Renewed Pedagogy for Science Education. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Springer Verlag.
Two merit-based PhD scholarships are available for the holders to conduct research in a project that investigates students’ interactions in drawing science diagrams and their benefits in enhancing students’ scientific creativity.
We are seeking applications to fill 17 positions on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).
JRST is the official journal of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research. JRST publishes reports for science education researchers and practitioners on issues of science teaching and learning and science education policy. For JRST details, visit http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jrst.
Moray House School of Education has a full-time vacancy for the position of Senior Lecturer in Science Education. This is an exciting opportunity to take a leading role in shaping a sector leading provision for the School in the area of science teaching. You will have considerable successful experience in innovative learning and teaching in education settings. You will have extensive academic experience in the HE sector at post-doctoral level including substantive established contributions to research and research-informed teaching in STEM (Science) Education. You will have well-established credibility in the field of teacher education, and will be making a demonstrable impact on at national or international level.
For more information: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mni9c1a0d08ru4/Vacancy%20Details.pdf?dl=0
NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research is currently accepting applicants for the position of NARST Executive Director. The Executive Director is a key management leader of NARST. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the administration and operations of the organization. The Executive Director is expected to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of all programs, operations, bylaws, and policies and procedures of NARST. Other key duties include fundraising, participating in strategic planning, and conducting outreach to other professional educational and scientific organizations. View the full announcement for details. Applications are due by January 1, 2018.
The ESERA Board would like to remind members of the possibility to publish in the ESERA Science Education Research Series published by Springer. The Editorial Board invites proposals for books; for details, please see https://www.esera.org/publications/the-esera-book-series or get in touch with the Editor in Chief to discuss possibilities.
The NARST International Committee is pleased to announce that it will offer two scholarships of up to $2,500 each for NARST doctoral student members to attend the 2018 European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) summer school. The ESERA Summer School takes place in Jyväskylä, Finland from Tuesday June 26, 2018 to and including Saturday June 30, 2018 with arrivals on Monday June 25, and departures on Sunday July 1. Read the full announcement and complete the application on the NARST Web site. The application deadline is January 22, 2018.
The NARST International Committee is pleased to offer the opportunity for a NARST member to participate as a mentor at the 2018 ESERA PhD Summer School in Jyväskylä, Finland from Tuesday June 26, 2018 to and including Saturday June 30, 2018, with arrivals on Monday June 25 and departures on the Sunday July 1. The selected NARST representative will serve as a coach for a group of doctoral students, give lectures or workshops on particular methodological issues, provide feedback on posters, and take part in the social programs. If you have been a NARST member for at least five years, are a full-time faculty member at your university, and have an interest in doctoral students' supervision, you are encouraged to apply! Funding includes on-site expenses (food and accommodation) and up to 500 EUR reimbursement for travel costs. Read the full announcement and complete the application on the NARST Web site. The application deadline is January 22, 2018.
NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research is currently accepting applicants for the position of NARST Executive Director. The Executive Director is a key management leader of NARST. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the administration and operations of the organization. The Executive Director is expected to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of all programs, operations, bylaws, and policies and procedures of NARST. Other key duties include fundraising, participating in strategic planning, and conducting outreach to other professional educational and scientific organizations. View the full announcement for details. Applications are due by December 15th.
The College of Education at Penn State is strengthening its commitment to the learning sciences and the study of learning. The College seeks to hire a cluster of at least four, tenure-line faculty during 2017-2018 to build upon its existing scholarly and programmatic strengths. (See Bridges publication below).
The Institute for Science Education at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany will have an open position for a professor in biology education from the beginning of April 2018. They are currently searching for candidates for this position in an international context. The candidate will be the successor of Harald Gropengießer who is well known and respected for his works on educational reconstruction. The successor will find an excellent place for teaching and doing research on biology education in Hannover.
To be published by Sense Publishers 2018
Editor: Rouhollah Aghasaleh, PhD
It is an old, yet relevant, argument that education needs to focus more on real-world issues in students’ lives and communities. Nevertheless, conventional school curricula in many countries create superficial boundaries to separate nature and social worlds. Connecting science and society provides opportunities for relevant, engaging, and authentic learning through personally meaningful, experiential, inquiry, and place-based practices which are fundamental to scientific and environmental literacy (Chinn, 2007). In other words, a science learning standpoint that acknowledges a societal standpoint accumulates that human activities are driving environmental and evolutionary change (Palumbi, 2001; Mapping Human Impacts on the Biosphere, 2001).
The University is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor of Education with research specialism in Science Education who can contribute to undergraduate and post graduate teaching and supervision.
The Department of Science Education seeks an excellent scholar for an associate professorship in higher education research, with a specialization within teaching and learning in university science programs. Preferably, the associate professor’s research will focus on students and/or teachers’ professional development within science programs.
Studies in Science Education is an international journal which publishes review articles of the highest quality. The journal publishes two issues per year and emphasises the commissioning of manuscripts to facilitate study of the most current issues in the field. We are looking for a new Editor-in-Chief with an academic background in research and science education, as well as the passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. Details of the role, and how to apply, are available at: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ed/rsse-call-for-editor-2017