Call for 2023 Pre-Conference Workshops

Call for 2023 Pre-Conference Workshops

The NARST Research Committee invites submission of Pre-Conference Workshop proposals for the upcoming 2023 Annual International Conference in Chicago, IL, USA. Pre-conference workshops provide opportunities for NARST colleagues and others to engage in extended academic interaction and in-depth discussions of current issues facing our field. Workshops can serve as mini-courses focusing on research methodologies, specific research milestones, or current issues. 

We encourage proposals that promote the advancement of our field of science education through cutting edge research findings and methodologies. Moreover, we look for ideas that will attend to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, and promote collaboration, reflection and/or professional growth for NARST membership. We also encourage and seek workshops that focus on the theme of the conference Reflecting on Reform. Workshop facilitators are encouraged to use the time to help participants work with resources, individuals, materials, and ideas in a more interactive and in-depth manner than is often possible in NARST session formats. At this time, the 2023 NARST conference will be in-person only, with separate days of virtual conferencing available. Thus, we are accepting both proposals for in-person pre-conference workshops, which will occur during the regular pre-conference workshop time before the first day of the conference, as well as online workshops which will be connected to the virtual event and will not occur during the regularly scheduled pre-conference time.

Workshops are scheduled for 4 hours on the first day of the conference, which will be: 

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Concurrent sessions will begin at 1:00 pm. NARST conference attendees are encouraged to register for the workshops through the online conference registration site, which closes 3 weeks in advance of the conference. If there are fewer registrants than the specified maximum, then individuals may also register on-site. Workshops that do not have at least 20 people registered via the online conference registration site will only be offered if the workshop facilitators are willing to offer them with limited attendance. Otherwise, these workshops will be canceled at that time (3 weeks before the conference) and attendees will be afforded the opportunity to register for workshops with space availability, or receive a refund for any payments made. 

Workshop facilitators have three choices for fees per participant: $0, $25, and $50. After the end of the conference, workshop facilitators will receive a payment totaling the requested fee per participant times the number of participants registered. Fees cannot be collected for refreshments (food or drink); fees can only be charged for expenses associated with the workshop implementation. Also, please note that during workshops, participants are not provided with breakfast, refreshments or coffee.

Application Procedure 

To apply to offer a NARST 2023 Pre-Conference Workshop, please submit the following information to Jessica Karch, Pre-conference Workshop Subcommittee Chair, at no later than 11:59 PM EST on August 31, 2022. Please also copy the Chair of the Research Committee, Rouhollah Aghasaleh at Jessica Karch will acknowledge receipt of all proposal submissions. 

Proposal Format

  1. Title of workshop
  2. Contact information 
  3. Requested fee per participant (select among the following choices: $0, $25, $50 per participant) 
  4. Recommended maximum number of participants (between 30 and 50) 
  5. Short description of relevant areas of expertise for each workshop facilitator 
  6. Workshop abstract to be listed on the registration website (no more than 250 words)
  7. Workshop description (no more than 5 pages) including a detailed description of the proposed workshop goals, schedule and activities, including details relevant to proposed format (e.g., virtual or in-person), information on the roles of workshop participants and facilitators, and a short review of literature relevant to the workshop topic and/or format. Please also indicate what materials or artifacts, if any, participants will take away from the workshop. 

Review Process 

Review of proposals and selection of workshops will be conducted through the NARST Research Committee. Committee members will review proposals based on the following criteria: 

  • Focus: Degree to which the workshop focuses on issue(s) related to the advancement of science education knowledge and practice and/or methodology in conducting science education research. 
  • Relation to Conference Theme: Degree to which the workshop topic is related to the conference theme Reflecting on Reform.
  • Outcomes: Degree to which the workshop design will lead to fruitful outcomes for workshop participants, which are related to the advancement of science education knowledge and practice or research methodology. 
  • Literature Base: Degree to which the workshop content is well grounded in one or more research literatures relevant to science education. 
  • Systemic Importance: Degree to which the workshop content addresses an issue that is of systemic importance to the field of science education. 
  • Interest: Degree to which the workshop topic is of interest to science education researchers. 
  • Engagement: Degree to which the workshop delivery will enable all workshop participants to fully engage with the workshop foci. 

All proposers will be notified of the review outcome by early November 2022. Please direct inquiries to Jessica Karch at