Research Interest Groups

Research Interest Groups

Continental and Diasporic Africa in Science Education RIG (CADASE)

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.

Chair:  Mary M. Atwater,
Steering Committee Chair: Rona Robinson-hill,
Secretary:  Shari Earnest Watkins,
Treasurer: Brittany Gavin-Hudson, 


Latino/a RIG (LARIG)

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.

Chair: Regina L Suriel, Valdosta State University,


Contemporary Methods for Science Education Research

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.

Chair: Robert Talbot, University of Colorado Denver,
Co-Chair: Bina Vanmali, Arizona State University,


Engineering Education RIG (ENE-RIG)

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. 

Chair Anne Emerson Leak, High Point University,


Indigenous Science Knowledge Research Interest Group (ISK-RIG)

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.

Chair:    Bhaskar Upadhyay, University of Minnesota,
Secretary:    Cikigaq-Irasema Ortega, University of Alaska, Anchorage,
Treasurer:    Sharon Nelson-Barber, WestEd,