Opportunities to Support NARST
Donations can be directed to the NARST general fund to support all of the organization’s activities.
The purpose of CADASE RIG is to (a) encourage science educators to engage in research aimed at meeting the needs of people of African descent; and (b) provide intellectual, professional, and personal space for science educators engaged in such research. This RIG will provide opportunities for science education researchers to integrate the study of culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and social class as lenses for performing critical analyses and evaluations of prevailing theory and practice of science education on the lives of people of African descent. A variety of theoretical and methodological frameworks will be used to address issues in science curriculum, learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation, and policy issues in both K-14 formal and informal venues in different contexts.
The Latino/a RIG supports social networks that further research agendas regarding Latino/a science learners. LARIG also serves as a support and mentoring alcoba (space) for Latin@s/Latino science educators and others interested in Latin@ science education.
The broad purpose of this RIG is to advance the mission of NARST by maintaining the rigor of science education studies, as well as promoting more standardized research practices across the organization such that we are better able to learn from and synthesize each other’s work. The intent is that these outcomes will, in turn, allow us to keep advancing the field and maintain the relevance of our research to improving science teaching and learning.
The purpose of the RIG in Engineering Education is to synergize research in science and engineering education, promote rigorous research in engineering education, and provide a collaboration and discussion space supporting intellectual and professional exchange and networking.
The ISK-RIG was set up to showcase and provide support to current and future research works of a growing number of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) researchers working within indigenous communities throughout the world who are members of NARST. This group includes active members from Africa and the African Diaspora, Alaska, Australia, Canada, Indigenous populations of the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, Thailand, Nordic Regions, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the West and East Indies, etc. The goal is to increase awareness of what indigenous knowledge systems can contribute to research.
The Equity and Ethics Committee will provide leadership and guidance to NARST on issues of equity and ethics including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disabling conditions, sexual orientation, language, national origin, and religion.
The International committee will recommend policy to the NARST Board concerning matters of international science education research; represent the concerns, interests, and unique perspectives of international members; and stimulate collaborations and exchanges of ideas between NARST and other international science education organizations.
Donate to the NARST Graduate Student Committee’s Scholarship Fund and support the graduate student community. Your proceeds will go towards assisting four graduate students in attending the NARST annual conference. Please donate $5, $10, $15, $20 or more. Thank you for your consideration and continued support of NARST.
These scholarships financially support K-12 science teachers and informal science educators, who collaborate with NARST members on research projects, to participate in and present research papers at the NARST Annual International Conference.
Sandra (Sandi) K. Abell, in whose memory the institute is named, was a University of Missouri professor of science education and was instrumental in conceptualizing, planning, and hosting the first Summer Research Institute. Sandi passed away in 2010. Sandi was an internationally recognized scholar, who spearheaded the University of Missouri’s effort to build one of the nation’s leading K-12 science teaching and research centers. Sandi served as President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and won numerous awards for mentoring graduate students, teaching and scholarship.
The 2021 NARST Conference Registration Assistance Fund is designated to help NARST members with registration fees who are first-author presenters at this year’s conference.