Conference Theme and Strands
“Values in Science Education. Future-ready Learners” is the theme of the 2017 SISTC conference. This conference seeks to highlight the importance of ensuring that teaching and learning of science emphasizes values, nurtures talents, strengthens character and develops a lifelong love for learning of science. Additionally, contemporary science education needs to nurture learners to become responsible citizens so that they can be future-ready in a rapidly changing world, taking calculated risks, leading and experimenting with innovative practices.
The conference will provide opportunities for science teachers to learn from experts in the field of science education and also share their classroom experiences, innovative strategies and good practices that enhance quality learning and teaching of science.
The conference strands are:
- Science Literacy and Practices of Science: this strand seeks to demonstrate what literacy strategies and best practices can be utilised for developing students’ understanding of the practices of science.
- Science Teaching and Learning: this strand seeks to present effective pedagogical practice and instructional strategies aimed at improving the quality of students’ learning.
- New Media and Technologies: this strand seeks to feature current and emerging innovations to develop students’ digital literacies in tandem with their learning of science content and processes.
- Assessment and Evaluation: this strand seeks to emphasise the importance of teachers examining and improving the validity and reliability of their assessment and evaluation practice to enhance students’ learning.
- Applied Learning in Science: this strand seeks to draw attention to new ways of engaging and preparing students for the future through areas such as STEM programmes and environmental science education.
- Teachers’ Professional Learning and Development: this strand seeks to encourage teachers to enhance their teaching practice and students’ learning through active involvement in networked learning communities and being a reflective practitioner.