Nordic workshop on
Research on teaching resources and learning environments in science education in the Nordic countries
Reykjavík, October 8th - 10th 2013
Hosted by the NorSEd network and the School of Education, University of Iceland
NorSEd workshop October 8th - 10th 2013
The aim of the workshop is bring together researchers and PhD students in science education to discuss research approaches and results, and share ideas for new research projects. The focus in the workshop will on the development and use of teaching and learning resources in science education and the design of learning environments. The workshop welcomes preliminary ideas and presentations of projects "in the making".
The workshop is the final event in the NorSEd network, and we will also summarize what the NorSEd network has achieved during the three years of funding from NordForsk, and discuss further plans and potential joint founding for Nordic research collaboration and PhD training in science education.
The workshop will be a source of inspiration and ideas for bringing research and development in these areas of science education further in a Nordic setting, and bring colleagues together for future collaboration. Ideas for joint funding are in particular welcome as topics for discussion. The workshop and seminar is organized by the University of Iceland in co-operation with the Nordic research network NorSEd. NorSEd provides financial support for travel and accommodation for participants.
Theme of the workshop
The role which resources play when teachers develop teaching sequences and learning experiences for students is essential and the focus of much research in science education. In this workshop resources will be interpreted widely. The final program for this workshop will depend on the submissions received from researchers wishing to attend and will reflect strong and emerging areas of research on Nordic science education.
Topics may include the use of ICT in different settings, laboratory activities, learning of science outside school and the design and use of textbooks. Laboratory and experimental work is often considered to be the distinguishing aspect of science education when compared with other subjects and it is valuable to reflect on this aspect in the light of new curricula and 21st century science. Using ICT in teaching and learning has been ambiguous about its value in science education, but new research on the use of ICT and new technologies could indicate real possibilities for effective use. The writing of textbooks and their use is a critical area for looking at the promotion of learning. Inquiry-based learning and the notion of ‘argumentation' could be discussed in an effort to make such ‘learning resources' more visible.
Some areas of science, such as biology and earth science, traditionally include work outside schools. Two trends are becoming apparent; one is increased cooperation between the school teacher and the specialist at the site being visited and the other is the value of informal settings for learning science. The Nordic countries, through their fascinating geological histories, a diversity of nature in the wide range of latitudes and high level of industrial development, have a range of options for science and technology provision outside schools, both formally and informally, as is evident from the growth of science centres. We encourage a discussion of research being carried out on learning in settings outside the school such as field visits, visits to industry or museums and science centres.
Registration and application for grants for travel and accommodation
NorSEd wil provide financial resources for covering travel and accommodation for participants. The percentage of costs we can cover will depend on the number of participants. The course starts early Tuesday morning the 8th and ends late Thursday afternoon the 10th. Participants need to arrive in Reykjavik Monday the 7th and leave Friday the 11th.
Application deadline: August 10th 2013. Late requests will be given lower priority. Early applications are appreciated.
Registration: NorSEd course: application for participation
For more information, please contact
- Allyson Macdonald, University of Iceland
- Berit Bungum, NorSEd coordinator, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- Svava Pétursdóttir, Project manager/post doc, University of Iceland
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