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Chemistry Education: Activating Research

Pedagogical research in Higher Education (HE) science education in the USA is much better funded than it is in the UK. As a result, there appears to be a greater range of high quality pedagogical research in HE in the USA, yet contact and collaboration between researchers there and the UK is limited. To help address this situation and to work towards raising the profile of research in this area in the UK, an initiative from the Education Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry offers you a chance to widen your contacts and explore the research in the USA.

The RSC has up to 6 bursaries of £1500 per applicant are available to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and registration of attending a major conference in the USA. In 2014 bursary winners attended the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University in August, http://www.bcce2014.org.

2014 bursary winner, Julie Hyde from the University of Hull said:

What an amazing opportunity it was to attend BCCE 2014! I learnt a lot from the sessions I attended, which I plan to take back and introduce into my teaching and share new ideas with my colleagues. It was a great learning curve and has given me the opportunity to gain many new ideas and have a better understanding of pedagogic research. I made two company links regarding software and have been in touch since I returned home. It was a super chance to network internationally and I appreciate being able to make the new links I did. Thanks very much to the HE division at the RSC for the award of this RSC Education Activating Research bursary.

Apply now for 2015!

The closing date for 2015 applications is 23 February. There is not much time left! you can find  Application forms and more information at www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/EducationDivision/Sponsorship.asp.

Karen

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John Garratt

Dear Colleagues

I have received the following message from one of our founder editors, Stephen Breuer, which I pass on to you all.

Kind regards

Karen

Dear Karen and Keith

It was with great sadness that I heard today about the death of John
Garratt on 5.1.15. His involvement was before your time here, Karen, but
I am sure Keith remembers him well. He was a pioneer in chemistry
education, especially in the Higher Education field, the founder and
early organiser
of the Variety meetings, the founder editor of

University Chemistry Education, which became part of ‘new’ CERP.

Best regards,

Stephen

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CERP 2015 theme issue: Call for papers

Chemistry Education Research and Practice

CERP is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s international peer-reviewed journal for teachers, researchers and other practitioners of chemistry education. Editor:  Dr Keith S Taber, University of Cambridge, UK

The journal is sponsored by the RSC’s Education Division and:

  • is free to access
  • has no page or submission charges for authors.

Coverage includes:

  • research, and reviews of research, in chemistry education
  • effective practice in the teaching of chemistry
  • analyses of issues of direct relevance to chemistry education

Call for Papers

Themed Issue: Summer 2015

Contributions are invited for a themed, peer-reviewed issue on Teaching and learning about the interface between chemistry and biology

Guest Editors: Melanie M. Cooper1 and MaryKay Orgill2,

1 Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, US

2 Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, US

Submission of papers

Manuscripts should be submitted by 4 January 2015 for consideration in the theme issue. All manuscripts will be subject to editorial screening and peer review.

Enquiries concerning the suitability of contributions should be sent directly by email to Melanie M. Cooper:  mmc@chemistry.msu.edu and/or MaryKay Orgill:  marykay.orgill@unlv.edu

Visit www.rsc.li/AboutCERP for full details.

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Educational design research – Free book

A very informative book has been published, edited by Tjeerd Plomp & Nienke Nieveen :Educational design research

  • Part A: An introduction
  • Part B: Illustrative case studies

The book is free and available online and there are many contributions concerning science education.

Part A: An Introduction – revised edition (of 2009 book)
This book provides an introduction into educational design research as a suitable research
approach either to address complex problems in educational practice or to develop or
validate theories (e.g.) about learning processes, learning environments and the like.
This publication contains the following contributions:
  1. Introduction to educational design research – Tjeerd Plomp
  2. Curricular development research as a specimen of educational design research – Jan van den Akker
  3. Design research from learning design perspective – Koeno Gravemeijer & Paul Cobb
  4. The integrative learning design framework – Brenda Bannan
  5. When is design research appropriate – Eamonn Kelly
  6. Formative evaluation in educational design research – Nienke Nieveen & Elvira Folmer
  7. Selected references and sources on educational design research
Part B: Illustrative Cases
This part contains a collection of 51 examples of successful educational design research
projects written by researchers from more than 20 countries. These examples enable
graduate students and novice researchers to learn how to design and conduct a project
utilizing an educational design research approach.
This rich collection reflects a number of dimensions:
  • representing all educational levels: (pre-)primary education, junior and senior secondary education, teacher education, other higher education, and also workplace learning;
  • reflecting various domains in the field of education, such as curriculum, learning and instruction, subject-related pedagogy (for example math education, language education, science education), instructional technology, ICT in education
  • reflecting various purposes of design research, such as developing an innovative intervention or developing or a new instructional or learning theory
  • providing a wide variety of international examples.
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Getting Started in Pedagogic Research

A new guide has just been published – Getting started in Pedagogic Research within the STEM disciplines edited by Michael Grove and Tina Overton.

Following the National HE STEM Programme, this guide has been produced in response to enthusiasm from those in the STEM sector and those looking for support to undertake pedagogic research.

It promises to be an invaluable guide for those aiming to begin pedagogic research within the STEM disciplines, covering key topics from framing your research questions to securing funding and writing for publication.

Contributions come from George Brown, Lou Comerford Boyes, Sarah Edmunds, Ross Galloway, Duncan Lawson and Joe Kyle.

The guide is available from the University of Birmingham STEM Education Centre.

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European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ECRICE2014) – Call for papers

A message from Jan Lundell:

Jyväskylä, Finland

July 7-10, 2014

www.jyu.fi/ecrice2014

Call for papers

The 12th European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education (ECRICE2014) in Jyväskylä, Finland. This is a bi-annual conference series with a long tradition, which brings together the diverse fields of chemistry education and educators.

The 12th European Conference on Research in Chemistry Education  is the forum for researchers and teachers to exchange experiences on research in chemical education carried out at every education level – from primary school up to graduate studies, as well as to promote lifelong learning and enthusiasm in chemistry. The Conference is a splendid place to discuss recent findings, new ideas, start or enhance collaboration, and meet old and new acquaintances. The theme of the conference – “New trends in research-based chemistry education” – reflects the striving to an enhanced motivation and practice in learning and teaching within the wonderful world of chemistry.

We would like to invite you to share your experience and your research with academicians, professionals and teachers.

Deadlines

  • Abstract Submission Deadline for Short Oral Communications: April 13, 2014
  • Abstract Submission Deadline for Posters: May 31, 2014
  • Registration : May 31, 2014 (Early bird April 30, 2014)

Conference : 7-10, July 2014


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Hans-Jürgen Schmidt

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Professor Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, a much respected chemical educator and long-time member of the advisory panel of this journal, aged 80. An interview with Prof. Schmidt about his work in chemistry and chemistry education was published in the journal in 2003:

Cardellini, L. (2003). An Interview with Hans-Jürgen Schmidt. [10.1039/B3RP90005C]. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 4(1), 11-17. doi: 10.1039/b3rp90005c

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2003/rp/b3rp90005c#!divAbstract

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Call for papers – 2014 themed issue

2014 CERP special themed issue on Physical Chemistry Education

Publication scheduled for July 2014

Guest Editors – Georgios Tsaparlis (1) and Odilla E. Finlayson (2)

(1) Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, GR-451 10 Ioannina, Greece

(2) School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.

Call for Papers

Contributions are invited for a themed, peer reviewed issue of CERP on Physical Chemistry Education. Manuscripts should be submitted by Sunday 12 January 2014 to be eligible for publication in the themed issue.

Topics

Topics for contribution may include but are not limited to:

  • The abstract nature of physical chemistry
  • Conceptual understanding in the various sub disciplines of physical chemistry
  • Concept learning versus mathematical approach to physical chemistry
  • Assessment of physical chemistry – testing for conceptual understanding or mathematical manipulation
  • Mathematical coverage and mathematical rigor: how much and how far?
  • Problem solving related to physical chemistry
  • The physical chemistry laboratory
  • The physical chemistry curriculum
  • The role of the textbook in teaching of physical chemistry
  • The interface of physical chemistry with the other branches of chemistry or with other disciplines – biology, physics, technology, geology, medicine, etc.
  • Physical chemistry in context
  • Computational chemistry
  • Use of symbolic mathematics engines for data analysis, model building, and problem solving
  • Computer simulations and online learning in physical chemistry.
  • Physical chemistry concepts and topics as part of general chemistry courses at second and third level
  • Reviews and Perspectives (including historical perspectives)

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted in the format required by the journal. Enquiries concerning the suitability of possible contributions and submissions should be sent directly by email to: Georgios Tsaparlis and/or Odilla Finlayson.

Full call

The full call is available as a PDF document.


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CERP Impact Factor 1.1

The impact factors for 2012 have just been announced. I’m really pleased to tell you that CERP’s IF has increased from 0.855 to 1.1.

This is fantastic news for the journal and I would like to thank everyone who supports and contributes to the journal and those who work behind the scenes to publish it, for this success.

This means that CERP is still the world’s leading journal for teachers, researchers and other practitioners in chemistry education and it is completely free to access!

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Variety in Chemistry Education 2013

A date for your diary….

The Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference will take place from 29-30 August 2013 at the University of Liverpool.

Generously supported by the HEA, RSC and IOP.

Registration is now open.

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