First Call for Papers


Science Education: Shared Issues, Common Future



  1. Professional Development and Teacher Education

    The preservice education and continual professional learning of science teachers demand the coordination of various institutions and programmes that places the teacher at the center of attention. Papers here would share lessons from some of the best practices and policies currently available.

  2. Science for Early Years

    How science can interest and meaningfully engage the very young presents its own special challenges and opportunities. This strand will enable presenters to share their research experiences and frameworks for learning in this neglected field.

  3. Assessment and Evaluation

    Although assessment seems normative in the instructional processes, one still aspires to construct valid and reliable tests. Studies in this strand would be helpful in moving us forward in providing an equitable education in science for all.

  4. Science in Informal Settings

    As forms of scientific cognition are often displayed in places other than in school, understanding the complex dynamics and sociocultural factors to facilitate informal learning of science are vital to complement school-based learning.

  5. Curriculum, Instruction & Policy

    This is a broad grouping that would see people interested in discussing exemplary teaching and learning strategies, forms of teacher thinking such as pedagogical content knowledge, leadership styles, laboratory work, curricular reforms and sociopolitical critique among many other topics.

  6. Innovations and New Technologies in Science Education

    ICT (information and communication technology) is central to contemporary innovations in science education. Presenters in this strand would be sharing the experience of using ICT in different settings of science education and discuss various aspects of the learning process.

  7. Science literacy and Nature of Science

    Science educators refer to studies on the nature of science to develop their claims on scientific literacy. Cutting edge issues on scientific literacy and empirical works informed by science studies (philosophy, history, and sociology of science) and/or other humanities and social sciences areas are welcomed here.

  8. Science Teaching and Learning

    Scientific research drives the improvement of science teaching and learning. New developments in research on teaching and learning science are presented and reviewed.


Presentation Format

Paper sessions (20 minutes)

Presented by one or more authors, papers will be placed into sessions by the conference organisers, within the strands that they have been submitted under.
20 minutes per paper presentation (including 5 minutes for Q & A).

Symposia (80 minutes)   [How to submit a proposal for a symposium]

Presentations by a team on one specific strand. Each symposium should focus on a well structured theme or a set of inter-related research questions. Within each symposium, each paper presentation provides data or arguments that address those questions. Each symposium submission requires an integrative statement describing the overall theme of the symposium and the inter-connection between the various presentations. Each paper presentation within a symposium will also need to be described with an abstract.

Furthermore, each symposium must have a Chairperson who must be an author of one of the paper presentations. The Chairperson typically invites and organises presenters for the symposium. The Chairperson also moderates the symposium during the conference.

A symposium may also include a Discussant who provides comments on each of the paper presentation and on the questions addressed at the symposium. The discussant does not present his or her own research.

Each symposium will contain one of the following:

  1. 1 Chairperson, 4 paper presentations with no Discussant;
  2. 1 Chairperson, 3 paper presentations with maximum 1 Discussant;
  3. 1 Chairperson, 2 paper presentations with at least 1 Discussant and maximum 2 Discussants.

Workshops (80 minutes)

Presented by one or more authors, a workshop is different from a paper presentation in that it is more practical or hands-on, with particular interests to researchers or teachers. Examples may be workshops on particular research methods, professional development models, best practices, instructional strategies, etc. A workshop submission should include reasons why the ideas presented are relevant in today’s context, and to who the ideas would be more relevant to.

Posters (60 minutes)

The poster session is designed to give presenters an opportunity to discuss, and get feedback on, their research with other scholars. Poster proposals may be submitted by one or more presenters. Posters will be considered from any stage of the research process, proposal, early data collection, data analysis, literature review or completed project. The proposal should give a clear idea of the topic being researched, the research questions, proposed (or completed) methods of data collection, proposed (or completed) methods of data analysis, why the topic is of interest and why it is an important topic to research. A poster uses texts and graphics to display research results or ongoing work. During the poster session, the presenter(s) needs to be stationed by the poster to field any questions from conference participants. Posters are effective means of conveying information as the visual aspects and the presenter’s verbal explanations can work together to get the material across quickly.

Language of Presentation


Guidelines on Submission of Paper/Workshop/Poster Abstracts

250 words (in English).

Proposal Deadline

Please submit each abstract (of 250 words) by 1 June 2009 15 July 2009.

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Letter of Acceptance

A letter of acceptance confirming refereed acceptance of your abstract should be sent to you by 1 August 2009. Once the submission has been accepted, the presenter should send an electronic copy of the full paper by 1 September 2009 15 October 2009.

Authors may opt to be considered for the ISEC-Springer Best Paper Awards 2009 when submitting their paper. Find out more »

[Download template for full paper]  Microsoft Word 97-2003 document, 37KB
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Registration and Payment of Fees

Upon acceptance of abstracts, please register for the conference before 1 September 2009 to enjoy the early-bird rates. Note: All presenters and co-presenters must register and pay to attend the conference.

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7 Dec 2009

An amended version of the ISEC 2009 Proceedings CD can now be downloaded.

30 Nov 2009

Keynote slides can now be downloaded.

24 Nov 2009

Photos of the Conference events and proceedings are now online!

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