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First Announcement and Call for papers
Conference epiSTEME-7 is the seventh in a series of biennial conferences aimed at reviewing research world-wide in science, technology and mathematics education. It is being organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, a National Centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.
Research in the field of science, technology and mathematics education (STME) has its thrust on teaching and learning issues and has its groundings in the cognitive, pedagogical, historical, philosophical and socio-cultural aspects of the sciences. Over the last five decades, STME research has made significant contributions towards science, mathematics and technology education.
The name epiSTEME connotes, at one level, a systematic study of knowledge, while as an acronym it suggests a meta-view of science, technology and mathematics education. The first epiSTEME conference was held in 2004 and the sixth in the series was hosted in year 2015. Over a decade, the epiSTEME conferences have played a pioneering role in nurturing the STME research community in the country, through networking and collaborations between groups within India and aboard. The proceedings and review volumes of epiSTEME conferences are looked upon as standard reference material in the field.
Structure of the conference
Three broad strands of research that impact STME will form the core of epiSTEME- 7 like previous epiSTEME conferences. Themes have been identified under each strand to reflect active research topics and areas of interest. Leading researchers in different field will be invited to give overviews of some of the themes within each strand.
Conference epiSTEME-7 will also have new focus strand – Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) at undergraduate level aimed at carrying systematic investigation of learning focused on a specific discipline like astronomy, biology, chemistry and physics and grounded in modern theories of learning and instruction. Such work is informed by historical evolution of concepts and practices of the given discipline. Discipline Based Education Research and Development (DBERD) work at the undergraduate level conducted globally has provided valuable insights about students’ conceptual hurdles in the subjects and the environments that foster learning in classroom and laboratory settings.
Paper and poster sessions will complement the review talks. Pre and post conference workshops are being planned, the details for the same will be announced later. The conference will include about 8 review talks, 32-40 paper presentations and 20-25 poster presentations. Additionally, time will be allocated for discussion sessions on STME issues of current importance. Approximately 120 participants are expected. The strands and themes are presented below.
Strand 1. Historical, philosophical and socio-cultural studies of STM: implications for education
- Theme 1: History and Philosophy of STM
- Theme 2: Socio-cultural and gender issues in STM
- Theme 3: Science and Technology Studies
Strand 2. Cognitive and affective studies of STME
- Theme 1: Visuo-spatial thinking
- Theme 2: Knowledge representation
- Theme 3: Language and learning
- Theme 4: Problem solving, learning and reasoning
Strand 3. Curriculum and pedagogical studies in STME
- Theme 1: Assessment and evaluation
- Theme 2: Role of ICT in teaching-learning
- Theme 3: Classroom interaction and discourse
- Theme 4: Affective aspects of learning
- Theme 5: Professional development of teachers
- Theme 6: Educational initiatives and innovations
Strand 4. Discipline Based Education Research with emphasis on undergraduate science education
- Theme 1: Astronomy Education Research
- Theme 2: Biology/Life Science Education Research
- Theme 3: Chemistry Education Research
- Theme 4: Physics Education Research
Review Speakers (Tentative)
Deborah Lowenberg Ball, University of Michigan,USA
John Lawrence Bencze, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada
Elizabeth De Freitas, Adelphi University, New York
Arvind Kumar, Formerly- Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, India
Tina Overton, Monash University, Australia
Susan Singer, Rollins College, Florida, USA
David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, USA
Jyotsna Vijapurkar, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, India
Call for Submissions
Papers are invited on the themes listed above. Submissions must be made online in the form of full papers of 6-8 pages (maximum of 8 pages including references). Details and a template for submission may be downloaded from the conference webpage.
All submissions go through a double-blind review process. Accepted papers are published as Proceedings, distributed during the conference on the pen drive and can be downloaded from the conference site (http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/episteme). Review talks along with the discussions are documented in a series of volumes called The epiSTEME Reviews.
To enable a blind review process, authors’ names, contact details and title of the paper must be provided separately, and must not be included in the papers. There are two modes of paper presentation at the Conference: oral and poster. The academic committee will assign accepted papers to one of the two modes of presentation. Authors may indicate their preference for mode of presentation at the time of submission.
Dates to remember
Extended Deadline for Submission of Papers: July 31, 2017
Submission of Papers: July 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2017
Submission of revised paper: September 30, 2017
Registration with payment: October 20, 2017
Dates of conference: January 5-8, 2018
Participation without paper submission
Those who wish to participate in the Conference without submitting a paper may fill up a form on the epiSTEME-7 webpage before September 30, 2017. Participation in the conference for them will be confirmed by October 10, 2017.
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR) is located at the north eastern end of the island city of Mumbai. Until recently known as Bombay, Mumbai is India’s most cosmopolitan city as also its finance and business capital and home of the entertainment industry, popularly known as Bollywood. Mumbai is a vibrant, pulsating metropolis, which affords diverse sightseeing opportunities.
Conference fees will need to be paid by October 20, 2017. The modalities of payment will be notified on the conference webpage.
Participants from Institutions outside India
Regular: USD 500
Student: USD 250
Participants from Institutions within India
Regular: INR 6000
Student: INR 3000
Conference fees will cover accommodation for 5 nights (January 4-8), food from January 4 (dinner) to January 8 (dinner), conference materials and proceedings.
Partial support for travel may be available to a limited number of participants from India. Applications for travel support must be made before 1st September, 2017.
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400 088, India.
Convener epiSTEME 7
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
HBCSE Phone No.: +91-22-25072300 / +91-22-25072304
Conference Phone No.: +91-22-25482103 /+91-22-25072323
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Savita Ladage (Convener)
B. N. Meera
Local Organizing Committee
Savita Ladage (Convener)