This conference is designed to examine the opportunities, challenges and barriers to developing cross-cutting research questions and paradigms that better reflect current understandings of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning as lifelong, life-wide and life-deep and to propose a range of new visions for possible future research directions.
This invitational conference is part of a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded initiative 2020 Vision: The Next Generation of STEM Learning Research, designed to initiate a critical international conversation about the current state of STEM learning research frameworks, an iterative process of input, debate, synthesis and dissemination which will help to inform the next generation of STEM learning research.
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The project proposes a conference to stimulate a national conversation on new STEM learning research paradigms that cut across boundaries and investigate multiple contexts and media, rather than historical approaches that have viewed learning within limited temporal, spatial and socio-cultural contexts.
The project will create a special peer-reviewed, international themed issue in the journal Science Education that reflects the meeting, convene the national conference of prominent learning sciences researchers, host a post-conference national web conference, follow-up on participants after one year, and host a series of national discussions around new paradigms in STEM at multiple national meetings.