The Strand Coordinators, together with the Program Chairs and Executive Director, make up the NARST Program Committee.  The following Strands are currently in effect.

  1. Science Learning: Development of student understanding
    How students learn from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
    Coordinators: (24) Xiaoming Zhai; Daniela Fiedler

  2. Science Learning: Contexts, Characteristics and Interactions
    Learning environments, teacher-student and student-student interactions, and factors related to and/or affecting learning.
    Coordinators: (24) Patricia Patrick; (25) Anne Emerson Leak

  3. Science Teaching — Primary School (Grades preK-6): Characteristics and Strategies
    Teacher cognition, content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, instructional materials and strategies.
    Coordinators: (24) Karl Jung; (25) Jing Lin

  4. Science Teaching — Middle and High School (Grades 5-12): Characteristics and Strategies
    Teacher cognition; content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and instructional materials and strategies.
    Coordinators: (24) Elizabeth Lewis; (25) Emily Adah Miller

  5. College Science Teaching and Learning (Grades 13-20)
    Instructor cognition, content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, student understanding and learning, and conceptual change at postsecondary level.
    Coordinators: (24) Anita Schuchardt; (25) Tara Nkrumah

  6. Science Learning in Informal Contexts
    Learning and teaching in museums, outdoor settings, community programs, communications media and after-school programs.
    Coordinators: (24) Neta Shaby; (25) Rebecca (Becky) Swanson

  7. Pre-service Science Teacher Education
    Pre-service professional development of teachers, pre-service teacher education programs and policy, field experience, and issues related to pre-service teacher education reform.
    Coordinators: (24) Amal Ibourk; (25) Preethi Titu

  8. In-service Science Teacher Education 
    Continuing professional development of teachers, in-service teacher education programs and policy, and issues related to in-service teacher education reform.
    Coordinators: (24) Julie Bianchini; (25) Quentin Biddy

  9. discontinued

  10. Curriculum and Assessment
    Curriculum development, change, implementation, dissemination and evaluation, including alternative forms of assessment of teaching and learning.
    Coordinators: (24) Tejaswini Dalvi; (25) Peng He

  11. Cultural, Social, and Gender Issues
    Equity and diversity issues: sociocultural, multicultural, bilingual, racial/ethnic, and gender equity studies.
    Coordinators: (24) Kathryn Kirchgasler; (25) Sophia Jeong

  12. Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Research
    Advancing applications of technology and digital tools to promote teaching, learning, and research.
    Coordinators: (24) Richard Lamb; (25) Yang Yang

  13. History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Nature of Science
    Historical, philosophical and social issues of science as related to science education.
    Coordinators: (24) Jacob Pleasants; (25) Allison Antink-Meyer

  14. Environmental Education and Sustainability
    Education related to Earth and ecological systems, environmental literacy and justice, experiential learning, Indigenous perspectives, public participation in science, socioscientific issues, sustainability, and sustainable development.
    Coordinators: (24) Wardell A. Powell; (25) Narendra Dadarao Deshmukh

  15. Policy, Reform, and Program Evaluation
    The construction, interpretation, and implementation of science education policies and reforms at the local, regional, national, or international levels.
    Coordinators: (24) Felicia Leammukda; (25) Jamie N. Mikeska