Exploring Science Education Research in Disciplinary Contexts

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Category: News

Wonyong Park

First-year DPhil student Wonyong Park has been selected to attend the 2019 Sandra K. Abell Institute for doctoral researchers to be held from 2 – 6 June at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, USA. The theme of this year’s institute is ‘Science Education Research in Disciplinary Contexts’.

Sponsored by National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), a US-based worldwide organisation for science education, the institute is named in the memory of a prominent science education scholar Sandra K. Abell and will bring together 24 promising doctoral scholars and 8 established mentors in the discipline of science education research.

Wonyong’s doctoral research investigates Korean physics teachers’ experiences of teaching a new science curriculum that emphasises the ‘nature of science’ and which concerns the epistemic and social underpinnings that drive the scientific practice. His project is cross-disciplinary, drawing on his previous studies in history, philosophy and sociology of science to help improve secondary science teaching. A graduate of Seoul National University in South Korea, Wonyong currently works with Sibel Erduran and Judith Hillier in the department and serves as a research assistant for a project exploring argumentation in Religious and Science Education.

Wonyong commented: “By researching science education I can always draw on what I’ve thought as a science student, and for me this is the most exciting part of doing educational research. The department provides a really good atmosphere for research with supportive supervisors and highly motivated colleagues who give me relentless inspirations.”

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