THEMES AND STRANDS
20/20 VISION FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH
ISEC 2020 aims to provide a platform for intellectual dialogue on issues related to science education as we progressed further into the 21st Century. With increasing disruption by technology as well as alternative ways of examining science education, it is timely to re-look at existing valued practices of science education and science education research to better position ourselves beyond 2020. The use of 20/20 vision is deliberate to highlight the aspirations of many who have perfect vision and hence wisdom to make sense of current as well as further trends and needs in science education. One of the disruptions to science education as a field is the increasing emphasis on integrated STEM education. With science as the discipline that is currently dominant in integrated STEM, it is strategic that we position ISEC 2020 and STEM 2020 as two related conferences. This will encourage scholars from both fields to interact and develop synergies to move the knowledge forward.
Science Teacher Professional Development and Teacher Education
Pre-service teacher education, in-service teacher education, professional development, teacher education reform, teacher education policies, reflective practice, lesson study, action research, transformative practices.
Curriculum and Policy
Curriculum reform, curriculum change, curriculum implementation/enactment, curriculum framework, educational policy, science and technology innovations and change, organisational leadership, local or global policy issues.
Assessment and Evaluation
Summative assessment, formative assessment, alternative assessments, assessment issues, TIMSS, PISA, curriculum evaluation, programme evaluation.
New Media and Technologies
Multimedia, science and technology, computers, data analytics, augmented reality and virtual reality.
Science in Informal Settings
Out-of-classroom learning, informal learning, museums, science centres, student science research, outdoor setting, afterschool programmes, community outreach.
History, Philosophy and Sociology
Equity, diversity, sociocultural, sociopolitical, multicultural, culture, bilingual, race/ethnic, gender studies.
Science Teaching and Learning
Pedagogies, pedagogical content, pedagogical content knowledge, conceptions, conceptual change, learning contexts, teacher-student interactions, cognition, instructional materials.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
STEM policies, curriculum and innovations, developments in STEM education research, partnerships.