Impact of research in science education. Addressing the need for a knoledge-based society


30 September 2021

Venue: Estonian Academy of Sciences (Kohtu 6, Tallinn, Estonia)

Organisers: University of Tartu and Estonian Academy of Sciences

The seminar reflects on research endeavours in the field of science education, bringing together well known and eminent science education researchers around the world to highlight different directions in how best to overcome the gaps existing between students’ needs and science teaching and between the education for science teacher and the changing societal expectations and between the science research community and advancements in science education research. It is particularly addressed to science education research and policy-makers and is intended to promote suggestions on how different parties can work together to support advancement, from a science education perspective, for a future knowledge-based society.

This seminar seeks to address science education researchers, PhD students, science teachers and science teaching staff in Estonian Universities as well as science education policy-makers and funding bodies.

Registration (until 27 September) here

COVID-19 information: According to requirements of Estonia Government we will check the digital COVID certificate of the participants. More information on the certificate on the Health Board web page.

Chair: Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, University of Tartu

10:00–10:30 Arrival. Welcome coffee

10:30–11:00 Opening words. Tarmo Soomere, the President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Introduction of the programme. Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, University of Tartu

11:00–11:45 STEM Education as a Paradigm Shift: What Research says about STEM Education? Professor Do-Yong Park, Illinois State University, USA

11:45–12:15 A Research-driven View on Science Teacher Education. Prof Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki, Finland

12:15–12:45 Research in Science impacting on Science Education. Prof Ron Naamann, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

12:45–13:30 Lunch

13:30–14:00 What does Research in Science Education say to the Science Teacher? Dr Rachel Mamlok-Naamann, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

14:00–14:20 How does Research in Science Education support the Practicing Science Teacher? Helen Semilarski, PhD student, University of Tartu; Biology teacher, Tartu Miina Härma Gymnasium

14:20–14:50 Overview of Research-driven, Paradigm Shifts in Science Education. Visiting prof Jack Holbrook, University of Tartu

14:50–15:00 Concluding remarks

15:00–15:30 Closing reception (all participants)

The seminar is supported by Horizon 2020 Twinning project ‘SciCar’ (Addressing Attractiveness of Science Career Awareness)