International Science Education Expert Seminar

International Science Education Expert Seminar „Expanding the Focus of Research in Science Education: New Trends and Best Practices“

Seminar will take place on 6th March 2024 at the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Kohtu 6, Tallinn, Estonia.
Registration is open until 28 February here.

Focus of the seminar
Embracing new trends and best practices in science education research is a pathway not only leading to advancements in the quality of education through enhanced teacher education programmes, but better prepared students for the challenges of a scientifically literate and innovative society, able to adapt to changing societal and career challenges, meaningful use of technological and digital Literacy, and greater career awareness.

The intended actions assume research excellence is to achieved and maintained by being closely integrated with education. By committing to research-based approaches in preparing and empowering new generations of capable, competent educators, the current expert seminar pays attention to the importance of alignment of educational choices and science careers, building science knowledge over time and sharing best practices from Finland, Israel and Estonia gained through the life of the Horizon 2020 project – SciCar.

Preliminary Programme

10.00–10.30Arrival. Welcome coffee
10.30–11.15Opening remarks
Estonian Academy of Sciences
University of Tartu, SciCar project
11.15–12. 15The Importance of Alignment for Educational Choices and Science Careers
Prof. Barbara Schneider, Michigan SU
12.15–12. 45Science Career awareness
Dr. Elisa Vilhunen, University of Helsinki
13.30–14. 30Building Useable Knolwedge Over Time
Prof. Joseph Kracjik, Michigan SU
14.30–15.00Meaningful use of technology to achieve science competence
Prof. Margus Pedaste, University of Tartu, Committee of Education of the Estonian
Academy of Sciences
Short break
15.10–16.10 Panel / Lessons learnt from SciCar
Prof. Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki
Dr. Rachel Mamlock Naamann, Weizmann Institute of Science
Dr. Heili Kasuk, University of Tartu, MSc
Rauno Neito, University of Tartu
Moderator: Prof. Jack Holbrook, University of Tartu
16.15–16.45Concluding remarks
Prof. Jack Holbrook, University of Tartu

Information: Prof. Miia Rannikmäe, coordinator of SciCar project
The seminar is co-organised by the University of Tartu and the Estonian Academy of Sciences.