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Jan. 10th, 2008 | 02:15 pm

Just forwarding an announcement about an international conference on education. Received this from K Subramaniam, Convener, epiSTEME-3. 

First Announcement and Call for Papers

epiSTEME - 3

Third international conference to review research on Science,

TEchnology and Mathematics Education

January 5-9, 2009

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai, India


Conference epiSTEME-3 is the third in a series of biennial conferences

meant to review research world-wide in science, technology and

mathematics education. It is being organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre

for Science Education, a National Centre of the Tata Institute of

Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.


Science, technology and mathematics education have, in recent decades,

emerged as lively new research areas. This research, inspired by

issues of learning and teaching, has clear uniting themes in the

cognitive, pedagogical, historical, philosophical and socio-cultural

aspects of the sciences. The name epiSTEME connotes, at one level, a

systematic study of knowledge, while as acronym it suggests a

meta-view of science, technology and mathematics education.


The epiSTEME conferences aim to bring together researchers in the

neighbouring disciplines of science, technology and mathematics

education, and in the disciplines that inform this research such as

history and philosophy of science, cognitive and socio-cultural

studies. For information on the previous epiSTEME conferences see

http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/episteme. Conference epiSTEME-3

continues the tradition of interdisciplinary exchange.


Aim of the conference:

Conference epiSTEME-3 will focus on four broad strands of research

that impact Science, Techology and Mathematics Education, which are

listed below. Under each strand, one or more focus themes have been

identified that reflect active research topics and areas of

interest. Leading scholars in the field will be invited to give

overviews of some of the themes within each strand. Paper and poster

sessions will complement the review talks. Pre and post conference

workshops are being planned, the details of which will be announced

later. The conference will strive to nurture the research community in

India while fostering linkages between theory and empirical research

in STM education. The conference aims at strengthening academic

interactions among research groups in this field across the world.


Strand 1: Historical, philosophical and socio-cultural studies of

STM: Implications for education


Focus theme 1: Perceptions of science, technology and mathematics

Focus theme 2: Gender issues in STME

Focus theme 3: Using history and philosophy of STM in teaching


Strand 2: Cognitive studies of STM learning


Focus theme 1: Visual and spatial modes in STM learning

Focus theme 2: STM learning in multilingual and multicultural


Focus theme 3: Interaction between cognitive development and

STM learning


Strand 3: Pedagogical studies of STM education


Focus theme 1: Curriculum and classroom studies of STM learning

Focus theme 2: Integrating content across STM education


Strand 4: Learning resources and teacher support


Focus theme 1: Role of new communication technologies in

providing learning resources and teacher support


The conference will include about 12 review talks, and about 30 paper

presentations and 30 poster presentations. Additionally, time will be

allocated for discussion sessions on STME issues of current importance.

Approximately 120 participants are expected.


Invited Speakers (confirmed):


Abraham Arcavi, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

John K. Gilbert, University of Reading, UK

Farida Khan, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

Helen Longino, Stanford University, USA

Vivek Monteiro, Navnirmiti, India

Eduardo Mortimer, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Chitra Natarajan, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, India

Veena Poonacha, SNDT University, India

Anna Sfard, Michigan State University, USA

Shailesh Shirali, Rishi Valley School, India

Kay Stables, University of London, UK


Call for Submissions:


Papers on the strands and focus themes listed above are invited.

Submissions must be made online in the form of full papers of 6-8

pages (maximum of 8 pages including references) of A4 size in single

space, 12pt, Times New Roman font with margins as follows: top - 3 cm,

bottom - 3 cm, left - 3 cm and right - 2 cm. Submissions may be made

in the following formats: Rich Text Format (.rtf), Open Document Text

(.odt) or Latex (.tex). A template for submission may be downloaded

from the conference webpage. To enable a blind review process,

authors' names and other details must be provided separately in the

online form, and must not be included in the papers.


Papers will be peer-reviewed and acceptance will be notified to

authors. The deadlines for submission of the paper and of the final,

fully revised version are given below. All the papers accepted for

presentation and presented at the conference will be published in the

Proceedings. Proceedings will be available to conference participants

in print form and on CD.


There are two modes of paper presentation at the Conference: oral

presentation and poster presentation. The academic committee will

assign accepted papers to one of the two modes of presentation.

Authors may indicate their preference for mode of presentation at the

time of submission.


Important dates:


Deadline for submission of paper: April 30 2008

Notification of acceptance: June 30 2008

Submission of revised papers: August 15 2008

Registration with payment: September 30 2008

Conference: January 5-9 2009


Participation without paper submission:


Those who wish to participate in the Conference without submitting a

paper may fill up a form on the epiSTEME-3 webpage before May 31,

2008. Participation in the Conference will be confirmed by July 31,





Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR) is located at the

North-Eastern end of the island city of Mumbai. Until recently known as

Bombay, Mumbai is India's most cosmopolitan city, finance and business

capital and home of the entertainment industry, popularly known as

Bollywood. Mumbai is a vibrant, pulsating metropolis, which affords

diverse sightseeing opportunities.


We expect to accomodate most conference participants on the HBCSE

Campus, which is also the venue for the conference.


Conference fees:


Conference fees will need to be paid by 30th September 2008. The

modalities of payment will be notified on the conference webpage.


Participants from Institutions outside India


Regular USD 450 Student USD 200


Participants from Institutions within India


Regular INR 4000 Student INR 2000


Conference fees will cover: accommodation for 5 nights (January 4 -

8, food from January 4 (dinner) to January 9 (lunch), conference

materials and proceedings.


Partial support for travel may be available to a limited number of

participants from India. Applications for travel support must be made

before September 30, 2008.


Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental

Research, V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400 088, India.


email: episteme3@hbcse.tifr.res.in; episteme3@gmail.com


fax: 91-22-2556 6803, 2558 5660


Academic Committee


Sudhakar C. Agarkar

Sugra Chunawala

Savita Ladage

G. Nagarjuna

Hemachandra Pradhan (Chair)

Jayashree Ramadas

Vijay Singh

K. Subramaniam


Local Organizing Committee


Sugra Chunawala

Madhavi Gaitonde

Anwesh Mazumdar

Shweta Naik

Chitra Natarajan

Jayashree Ramadas

K. Subramaniam (Convener)


K. Subramaniam, Convener, epiSTEME-3


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