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2014 NARST Annual International Conference

AWAKENING DIALOGUES — Advancing Science Education Research Practices and Policies
Sunday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown - 412-391-4600
600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA

Plenary Sessions

Sunday, March 30th at 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Confronting the Contradictions of Globalization for Science Education and Educators

  • Susan L. Roberston, Professor of Sociology of Education in the Graduate School of Education and the founding Director of the Centre for Globalisation, Education, and Societies at the University of Bristol, UK. You will find her biography and many of her published articles and book chapters freely available on her website at

This keynote address engages with the following question: what does 'globalization' mean for education in general, and for the teaching of science, and for science education in particular. In short, it means a great deal! I will be arguing that there are contradictory developments afoot, and ones that we need to engage with as educators, if we are to fully understand their full implications. Technological developments now enable an opening up of a vast array of resources through which we can learn about our worlds, about each other, of our different scientific traditions, and shared concerns. Yet the dominance of the global competitiveness discourse in education tends to narrow teaching and learning - especially in the sciences - into activities that can be assessed, compared and ranked globally - in turn closing down those possibilities that are opened up by a more interconnected world. We also need to deabte what is at stake when the international agencies - such as the OECD - set agendas that strongly prefer particular pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning, and ask what this means for disciplinary basis of science teaching, on the one hand, and for the capacity for learners to more fully engage with core scientific knowledges, on the other.

Click here for the full abstract.

Tuesday, April 1 at 8:30 - 10 am
Thirteen Questions about Science Education

  • Ana M. Bercerra, Program Manager for School and Family Programs, Just Communities/Comunidades Justas (co-sponsored with Equity and Ethics Committee)
  • Timothy Knight, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Founder of O.K. Program of Indianapolis (co-sponsored with CADASE RIG)
  • H. Richard Milner IV, Dr. Helen Faison Chair in Urban Education, Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Shirley Steinberg, Professor, Director and Chair of The Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education, University of Calgary; Editor and Author, Thirteen Questions: Reframing Education's Conversation


  • Kenneth Tobin, Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York

This plenary session is inspired by the book, Thirteen Questions: Reframing Education's Conversation (Kincheloe & Steinberg, Eds., 1994). Each chapter of Thirteen Questions addresses a different critical "dialogue" about education through the compelling responses of a variety of educational thinkers/scholars. While the book is nearly two decades old, the questions-and dialogues that these questions are meant to stimulate-are very much relevant today as they were then. A plenary panel consisting of community leaders and education experts will respond to a select number of the original thirteen questions, reflecting on how far we have come in the 20 years since the publication of Thirteen Questions and dialoguing about these questions in the context of today's educational climate.

Schedule at a Glanceclick here

Final Programclick here.

Abstractsclick here

Business Meeting Agendaclick here

Poster presentation informationclick here

Online Registration Is Now Closed. Onsite registration only — click here for the form.

Hotel reservation — Reservation period is closed; the venue is sold out on 3/29, 30/30 and 3/31

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