National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference

The purpose of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is to promote research in science education and to disseminate the findings of this research to improve science teaching. The Association publishes journals, articles, reviews and/or reports of research that are in harmony with the mission and purposes of the Association. BSCS science educators are members of NARST and have presented at the NARST Annual International Conference for several years. In addition, BSCS science educators have been published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST). To see the articles recently published in JRST and to see other BSCS Authors, click here. On this page you’ll find session presentations given by BSCS science educators at previous NARST conferences, all in downloadable PDF form. Click on session titles to download presentation.

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2013 NARST Annual International Conference
6-9 April 2013
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Saturday, 6 April

Pre-Conference Workshop - Exploration of a New “Words-to-Images” Tool for Analyzing Videos of Science Teaching
8:00-12:00 (Rio Mar Salon 4)
Presenters: BSCS Senior Science Educator Kathy Roth, Science Educator April Gardner, and Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz

An Efficacy Trial of Research-based Instructional Materials with Curriculum-based Professional Development
1:00-2:30 (Pelican Room)
Presenters: BSCS Science Educator Sue Kowalski, Director of Research and Development Joe Taylor, Science Educator Steve Getty, Senior Science Educator Chris Wilson, and Executive Director Janet Carlson

Symposium - Teacher Professional Learning in a Digital Age
2:45-4:00 (Rio Mar Salon 4)
Discussant: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson

Factors that Affect Learning in High School Science; Measuring Motivation, Achievement, and Interest in Science
2:45-4:00 (Rio Mar Salon 10)
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Steve Getty and Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz

Sunday, 7 April

Video Analysis of Science Teaching: Developing a Shared "Words-To-Images" Analytical Tool
8:30-10:00 (Rio Mar Salon 2)
Presenters: BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz, Science Educator April Gardner, and Senior Science Educator Kathy Roth, 

Investigating Publication Bias for Recent Causal Effects Studies in Science Education
10:15-11:45 (Rio Mar Salon 10)
Presenters: BSCS Director of Research and Development Joe Taylor, Science Educator Sue Kowalski, Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz, and Senior Science Educator Chris Wilson

Conducting Studies of Causal Effects in Science Education: Considering Trade-offs to Accommodate Methodological Requirements and the Policy Constraints Affecting Research in Schools
10:15-11:45 (Rio Mar Salon 10)
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson, Director of Research and Development Joe Taylor, Science Educator Sue Kowalski, Senior Science Educator Chris Wilson, and Science Educator Steve Getty

Selecting Core Ideas and Practices -- An Iterative Process
1:15-2:45 (San Cristobal)
Presenters: BSCS Science Educator Rebecca Kruse, Science Educator Elaine Howes, Executive Director Janet Carlson, Senior Science Educator Kathy Roth, and Science Educator Brooke Bourdélat-Parks

Changing the Research-based Curriculum
1:15-2:45 (San Cristobal)
BSCS Science Educator Elaine Howes, Science Educator Rebecca Kruse, Executive Director Janet Carlson, Senior Science Educator Kathy Roth, and Science Educator Brooke Bourdélat-Parks

Designing Professional Development to Support Teaching
1:15-2:45 (San Cristobal)
BSCS Science Educator Elaine Howes, Science Educator Rebecca Kruse, Executive Director Janet Carlson, Senior Science Educator Kathy Roth, and Science Educator Brooke Bourdélat-Parks

Monday, 8 April

A Report on the PCK Summit: Current and Future Research Directions
4:00-5:30 (Pelican Room)
Presenters: BSCS Science Educator April Gardner and Executive Director Janet Carlson

Tuesday, 9 April

Scale-up Study of a Videocase-based Science Professional Development Program: Teacher and Student Learning
2:45-4:15 (Sea Gull Room)
Presenters: BSCS Senior Science Educators Kathy Roth and Chris Wilson and Director of Research and Development Joe Taylor 

Demonstrating the Impacts of Lesson Analysis PD: Meeting the Challenge of Developing Instructionally Sensitive Instruments 
2:45-4:15 (Sea Gull Room)
Presenters: BSCS Senior Science Educator Chris Wilson, Director of Research and Development Joe Taylor, and Senior Science Educator Kathy Roth

Stella Focus on Student Learning: Elementary Students' Ideas about Earth's Changing Surface
2:45-4:15 (Sea Gull Room)
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Connie Hvidsten and Elaine Howes

Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Science Professional Development Leaders
2:45-4:15 (Sea Gull Room)
Presenters: BSCS Senior Science Educators Nancy Landes and Kathy Roth


2012 Annual International Conference
25 - 28 March 2012
Indianapolis, IN

Sunday, 25 March

Using Curriculum to Change How Teachers Teach Science and Students Learn Science
1:00 - 2:30 (Room 308)
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson and BSCS Science Educators Brooke Bourdélat-Parks and Sue Kowalski

Monday, 26 March

Next Generation Science Standards: Tracking the Federal Research Agenda
8:30 - 10:00 (Room 104)
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson and BSCS Science Educator Chris Wilson

Promoting Reform through Instructional Materials that Educate
PRIME paper

1:15 - 2:45 (Room 303)
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson, BSCS Associate Director Joseph Taylor, and BSCS Science Educators April Gardner and Chris Wilson 

Tuesday, 27 March

In Search of Instructional Sensitivity: The Measurement Problem in Large Scale Studies of PD Programs
8:30 - 10:00 (Room 308)
Presenters: BSCS Associate Director Joseph Taylor and BSCS Science Educators Chris Wilson and Kathy Roth

The Effect of Curriculum-Based PD on Science Instruction: Findings From a Randomized Control Trial
2:15 - 3:45 (Room 106)
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson, BSCS Associate Director Joseph Taylor, and BSCS Science Educators Chris Wilson and Sue Kowalski

Approaches to Measures of Curriculum Effectiveness
4:00 - 5:30 (Room 308)
Presider/Discussant: BSCS Science Educator Chris Wilson

Wednesday, 28 March

Different Ways to Investigate Teachers' PCK
8:30 - 10:00 (Room 206)
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson and BSCS Associate Director Joseph Taylor

Beyond Student Test Scores - A More Comprehensive Look at Quantity of Teaching
8:30 - 10:00 (Room 301)
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Kathy Roth

PCK Symposium - Different Ways to investigate Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge


2011 Annual International Conference
Global Sustainability and Public Understanding of Science: The Role of Science Education Research in the International Community
3 - 6 April 2011
Orlando, FL

Sunday, 3 April
Pre-Conference Workshop Videocase-based Lesson Analysis of Science Teaching to Support Teacher Learning
Visual Handout
References Handout
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Connie Hvidsten, Paul Numedahl, and Rebecca Kruse

A PCK Rubric to Measure Teachers' Knowledge of Inquiry-Based Instruction
Using Three Data Sources
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Connie Hvidsten, Paul Numedahl, and Rebecca A. Kruse

Monday, 4 April
Managing Threats to Validity in Experimental Tests of Education Interventions:
Data and Evidence from a Large, Cluster-Randomized Trial (CRT) of a High School Science Intervention
Presenters: Associate Director Joseph A. Taylor, and BSCS Science Educators Steve Getty and Christopher D. Wilson

Tuesday, 5 April
Design and Evaluation of an Evolution and Medicine High School Curriculum Intervention
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Paul M. Beardsley, Mark Bloom, Rebecca A. Kruse, Anne L. Westbrook, and BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz

Wednesday, 6 April
Impact of Educative Materials and Transformative Professional Development on Teachers PCK, Practice, and Student Achievement

Related Paper Sets:
Impact of Educative Materials and Transformative PD on Teachers' PCK, Practice and Student Achievement
A PCK Rubric to Measure Teachers' Knowledge of Inquiry-Based Instruction Using Three Data Sources
Presenters: Executive Director Janet Carlson, Associate Director Joseph A. Taylor,
BSCS Science Educator April L. Gardner and Christopher D. Wilson, BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz, Co-Presenters from Northern Arizona University Julie Gess-Newsome, Sharon Cardenas, and Barbara A. Austin

Understanding Science: Improving Instruction on the Nature & Process of Science
Presenters: BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz, Co-Presenters from University of California Museum of Paleontology Anastasia Thanukos & Judy Scotchmoor


2010 Annual International Conference
Research into Practice: Practice Informing Research
21-24 March
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, 24 March
Related Paper Sets: Toward a Framework for Studying Research-Based Science Curricula
A Framework for Studying Research-Based Science Curricula: Theoretical Foundations
Presenters: BSCS Associate Director Joseph Taylor, and BSCS Science Educators Susan Kowalski and Christopher Wilson

Curriculum Field Test Studies - Example One: Focus on Implementation Fidelity
Presenters: BSCS Associate Directors Pamela Van Scotter and Joseph Taylor, and Co-Presenter from PS International Doug Coulson

Curriculum Field Test Studies - Example Two: Focus on Achievement Gaps
Presenters: BSCS Associate Directors Pamela Van Scotter and Joseph Taylor, BSCS Science Educators Susan Kowalski, and BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz

Curriculum Efficacy Studies - Example One: Comparisons to Commonplace Curriculum and Teaching
Presenters: BSCS Associate Director Joseph Taylor, and BSCS Science Educators Susan Kowalski and Christopher Wilson


2009 Annual International Conference
Grand Challenges and Great Opportunities in Science Education
17-21 April 2009
Garden Grove, CA

Saturday, 18 April
Science Notebooks as a Predictor of Achievement in Reading, Writing, Math, and Science, and of Higher-level Thinking in Science Classrooms
Presenters: BSCS Science Educator Steve Getty, BSCS Associate Director Joe Taylor, Co-Presenters Educational Consultant Linda Mooney and Colorado College Professor Paul Kuerbis

Poster Session - Using Curriculum to Close Achievement Gaps
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Susan Kowalski, BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz, and BSCS Associate Director Joe Taylor

Sunday, 19 April
An Investigation into the Relative Effects of Inquiry-Based and Commonplace Science Teaching on Students' Knowledge, Reasoning and Argumentation: A Randomized Control Trial
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Chris Wilson and Susan Kowalski, and BSCS Associate Director Joe Taylor

Development of a Fidelity of Implementation Observation Instrument for a Reform-Oriented Science Program
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson, and BSCS Science Educators April Gardner and Jane Larson

Monday, 20 April
Windows into High-Achieving Science Classrooms
Presenters: BSCS Former Executive Director Rodger W. Bybee (PISA), BSCS Associate Director Joe Taylor, and BSCS Research Associate Molly Stuhlsatz

The Role of Transformative Professional Development Based on Educative Materials in Affecting Teacher PCK, Classroom Practice, and Student Achievement
Presenters: BSCS Board Member Julie Gess-Newsome (Northern Arizona University), BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson, and BSCS Science Educator Chris Wilson