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2012 - 2012 Conference – Call for Abstracts

Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching:
Knowledge of Student Thinking
National Conference

University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Wednesday, June 20 – Friday, June 22, 2012

Call for Abstracts of Research Posters &
Maine Physical Sciences Partnership Displays

 Hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) and the Jackson Laboratory, with support from the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America Company, N.A., Trustee, and the University of Maine.

Keynote speakers: 

Karen King, Ph.D., Director of Research
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),
Reston, Virginia

Marianne Wiser, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professor; Chair, Hiatt School of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts

 The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) will host its sixth biennial conference on integrating STEM education research into teaching, Wednesday morning, June 20th through lunch on Friday, June 22nd. The conference program will consist of keynote addresses, contributed and invited talks, workshops, panels and roundtables, a poster session, and evening programs, with ample time for discussion and participant interaction.

The following themes will be the foci of the conference:

  1. Recent findings from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research.
  2. Using discipline-based education research in middle, secondary, and post-secondary STEM classrooms.
  3. Research supported strategies to increase participation and learning in STEM, particularly among students from under-represented groups.
  4. Strategies for improving student learning in STEM teaching.
  5. Building effective partnerships to implement research-guided practices in the classroom.
  6. Research-supported strategies for STEM teacher preparation and professional development.

Abstract Submission
Deadline:  April 6, 2012

 We are requesting abstracts for two types of posters.  One type is a traditional research poster.  In alignment with the conference theme, “Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching: Knowledge of Student Thinking”, abstracts should involve discipline-based education research or evaluation of the implementation of research-supported pedagogy, curricula, assessment, and classroom practices.

The second type may show teacher reflection, student achievement, or any aspect of the work related to the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (PSP), i.e., a collection of images from classroom implementation.

Please submit your abstract electronically to All abstracts will be considered for poster presentations. If scheduling permits, some authors will be contacted about the possibility of presenting their work as a contributed talk. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.  Please include your name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email, and phone number.  Abstracts received after the April 6th deadline will be considered if space is available.


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