Dr. Rita Hagevik from the Biology Department and Dr. Irina Falls from the School of Education presented research papers at the 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) held at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, in August 2017. The conference theme was research, practice and collaboration in science education. The conference was co-hosted by two of Ireland’s largest STEM education research centers, CASTeL at Dublin city University and EPI-STEM at University of Limerick, which are actively researching preservice and inservice teacher education on conducting evidence based research on STEM curriculum, pedagogy and learning at all levels.
Dr. Hagevik and Dr. Falls' collaborative presentation was entitled "Preparing science and math teachers to teach discipline literacy using mobile technologies." Their presentation and supporting research were the results of a NCQUEST Cycle XIII grant from the US Department of Education. Dr. Hagevik served as the chairperson for the same session in which she spoke, which included four research papers in total. In collaboration with her former doctoral student, who is now an assistant professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Dr. Hagevik presented another paper, entitled "Participation of inservice secondary teachers in a multi-year summer research experience." Both presentations were well attended and well received. The 2017 ESERA conference hosted approximately 1500 delegates from 57 different countries.
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Web Manager's note -- Dr. Hagevik is the Director of Graduate Programs in Science Education