FISER'14

Frontiers in Mathematics and Science

Education Research Conference

01-03 May 2014 - Famagusta

 
 

 

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Edward Redish

 

Professor Medhat H. Rahim

 

Professor Sibel Erduran

Edward F. (Joe) Redish is a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland in College Park. He received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from M.I.T. in 1968. He has been at the University of Maryland ever since, and served as Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy there from 1982-1985. His research in nuclear theory emphasized the theory of reactions and the quantum few-body problem. As a nuclear theorist he served on the national Nuclear Science Advisory Committee and served as Chair of the Program Committee for the Indiana University Cyclotron.  Since 1985 he has been actively involved in the subject of physics education. His current research effort is devoted entirely to physics education at the college level.

 

Prof. Redish is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the AAAS, and the Washington Academy of Science. He has received awards for his work in education from the Washington Academy of Science, the Maryland Association for Higher Education, Dickinson College, Vanderbilt University, and the Robert A. Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). In 2005, he received the NSF Director's award as a Distinguished Teaching Scholar. In the summer of 2012, Joe received the medal of the International Commission of Physics Education (ICPE) at the World Physics Conference in Istanbul, and was presented with the AAPT's Oersted medal at their national meeting in January 2013.

 

Medhat H. Rahim received his PhD in secondary mathematics education from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1981. Earlier, he has received his M.PhiL in pure mathematics from the University of London, England in 1977. In 1984 he took up a faculty research position at the University of the West Indies, department of Research and Development, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  In 1991, Dr. Rahim was appointed at the rank of Associate Professor at Lakehead University, Faculty of Education, Canada. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1998.

Rahim has been an advocate for the use of Dynamic Geometry Software (DGS) in teaching, learning and research, such as the Geometer’s Sketchpad (GSP), Cabri-II and Cabri-3D software. He was an active faculty member in the preparation of (K-12) mathematics teachers. Through teaching, research and publications, Rahim has promoted the use of a medium for learning and teaching geometry known as ‘Dissection-Motion Operation’ (or Decomposition-Composition Operation) for investigating and exploring spatial properties and relationships among shapes, among their parts, and among shapes and their parts in 2D and 3D.

Rahim has recently published a new proof of the Pythagorean Theorem using only a compass and unmarked straight edge appeared in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Volume 34, Issue 1, 2003.

 

Sibel Erduran is Chair Professor of STEM Education at University of Limerick, Ireland where she also is the Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning.  Previously she was employed at University of Bristol and King's College, University of London, UK as well as  University of Pittsburgh, USA; and taught high school chemistry and middle school science in a secondary school in northern Cyprus. She has also held Visiting Professorships at Kristianstad University, Sweden and Bogazici University, Turkey the latter funded by a Marie Curie-TUBITAK Brain Circulation Scheme Fellowship.  She is the Editor of International Journal of Science Education, Section Editor of Science Education, and serves on the editorial board of Review of Educational Research among other journals. Currently she serves at a Director on the Council of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group and previously served as the NARST International Coordinator.  She completed her higher education in biochemistry, food chemistry, science education and philosophy at Northwestern, Cornell and Vanderbilt  Universities in the USA, with financial support from the Fulbright Commission and Spencer Foundation.  She has close to 160 publications and made 150 international/national presentations including plenary speeches at conferences in Taiwan, South Africa, Korea, Argentina, Germany and Lebanon. She has carried out research in the USA, UK, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya and South Africa among other countries. She is the recipient of a range of grants including those from the Economic and Social Research Council, Training and Development Agency for Schools, European Union, and Gatsby Foundation. Her research interests broadly concern the inclusion of perspectives on the nature of scientific inquiry in science teaching and learning, in particular in the context of chemical education. She has co-edited a book on argumentation (Erduran and Jimenez-Aleixandre, 2008, Springer), an area of research for which she has received an award from NARST. She has an upcoming book on new perspectives on the nature of science (Erduran and Dagher, 2014, Springer).