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6th Eurovariety in Chemistry Education 2015, Tartu, Estonia

A date for your diary:

June, 30 – July, 2  2015

Theme: Chemistry  Education  for Responsible Citizenship and Employability

More information: https://sisu.ut.ee/eurovariety/avaleht

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Variety in Chemistry Education / Physics Higher Education Conference 2015

20-21 August 2015, University of Nottingham

First announcement from Ross Galloway, University of Edinburgh

A friendly, inclusive and informal meeting where participants share
evidence-based practice in teaching physics and chemistry, discuss
innovative approaches and explore pedagogic research.  Oral presentations,
short oral bites and workshops will be available.  Invitations to contribute
and the conference website coming soon!… so whether you are an ‘old hand’
or new to the area – save the date!

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CERP 2016 theme issue: Call for papers

Themed Issue: Autumn 2016

Contributions are invited for a themed, peer-reviewed issue on Language and the teaching and learning of chemistry

For a long time language and science in general were two distinct domains that were seen as opposite to each other. However, the importance of language connected to science education in general and chemistry in particular is well known, especially when we are discussing the teaching and learning of the language(s) of chemistry or the linguistic heterogeneity of students. In this special themed issue we will focus on the learning and teaching of chemistry considering the role of language.

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

Guest Editors: Silvija Markic1 and Peter Childs2,

1 Institute of Didactics of Science Education – University of Bremen, Germany

2 University of Limerick, Ireland

Submission of papers

Manuscripts should be submitted by 11 January 2016 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 Silvija Markicsmarkic@uni-bremen.de and/or Peter Childspeter.childs@ul.ie

Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP)

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
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Bursary opportunity to attend US conference

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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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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CERP is free to access

Recently, we have found out through the Twittersphere, that there may be some confusion about what ‘free to access’ means in relation to access to CERP.

Unlike many others journals, CERP is free to access – at the RSC we believe that support for best practice in chemistry education should be available to all. This does not mean that CERP is free to produce or that its submissions are any lower in quality than those in in subscription journals. Quite the contrary, CERP is a peer-reviewed journal, published to the highest standards and this work is sponsored by the RSC Education Division Council.

We ask you to create an account and login to read and download full articles or comment on a blog post. This is completely free. When you create an account, you help us collect vital information about you, our audience, so that we understand your needs as readers and provide you with the best possible service.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.

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Call for papers – 2013 Theme Issue

The Application of Technology to Enhance Chemistry Education

Scheduled for publication Autumn 2013.

Guest Editors

Michael K Seery and Claire McDonnell

School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St.,Dublin 8,Ireland.

Call for Papers

Contributions are invited for a themed, peer-reviewed issue of CERP on

 The Application of Technology to Enhance Chemistry Education

 Topics for contribution may include but are not limited to:

  •  Blended learning to support ‘traditional’ instruction (e.g. online resources, wikis, blogs, e-portfolios)
  • In-class technology (e.g. clickers, iPads or equivalent)
  • Online learning (e.g. distance learning initiatives, online collaborative learning, active and interactive eLearning, computer simulations of practical work, modelling software for online learning)
  • Cognitive considerations for online learning (e.g. designing online resources)
  • E-assessment (e.g. formative assessment strategies, automated feedback)
  • Reviews and Perspectives (‘State of play’ of current trends, historical perspective)

Contributions should align with the principles and criteria specified in the recent CERP editorial (Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2012, 13, 4-7). To summarise, there is a requirement that papers provide an argument for some new knowledge supported by careful analysis of evidence; either by reviewing the existing literature, analysing carefully collected research data or rigorously evaluating innovative practice.  

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted in the format required by the journal using the ScholarOne online manuscript submission platform available through the journal homepage http://www.rsc.org/CERP/. Enquiries concerning the suitability of possible contributions should be sent directly by email to: Michael Seery michael.seery@dit.ie and/or Claire McDonnell: claire.mcdonnell@dit.ie.

Important Dates

Manuscripts should be submitted by 4th January 2013 to be eligible for consideration in the theme issue, subject to authors being able to address revisions without too much delay. Manuscripts received after the deadline can still be considered for the theme issue, but the usual peer review process will not be compromised to reach decisions on publication, and if such articles are accepted for publication too late to be included in the theme issue then they would be included instead in a subsequent issue.

As with other CERP contributions, articles intended for the theme issue will be published as advanced articles on line as soon as they have been set and proofs have been checked, ahead of publication in the theme issue itself.

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All issues of CERP are now on Publishing Platform

All past and current issues of CERP from 2000 onwards are now available here, on RSC’s publishing platform.

University Chemistry Education

You can download UChemEd Volumes 1 – 8  here.

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Chemistry Education Research and Practice Issues 2005 – 2007

Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP) is the RSC’s open access journal for researchers and practitioners at all levels of chemistry education.

Issues from 2005-2007 are not yet available on our RSC Publishing Platform, however we are currently working to ensure this content is added shortly.

Access this content now.

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