Special Issue "Integrating Technology into K-12 Science Education"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Technology Enhanced Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2023 | Viewed by 135

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Joaquim Bernardino Lopes
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Guest Editor
Physics Department, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: sciences and technological education; teaching practices; teacher training and professional development; students' epistemic practices; orchestration of digital tools in epistemic learning contexts; articulation between arts and S&T in educational contexts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digital technologies can offer powerful tools to support science teaching and learning. While many teachers derive little educational benefit from them, their potential to assist in the creation of more student-engaged, stimulating, and intellectually challenging (e.g., epistemic learning) learning environments is recognized. These technologies thus give rise to a problem for science education research: how can teachers use and orchestrate these tools to improve students’ learning in terms of engagement and higher-order thinking skills development?

This upcoming Special Issue of Education Sciences aims to present an overview of the latest research on how to integrate technology in K-12 science education practices in order to promote high levels of students’ engagement and higher-order thinking skills. Papers on (but not limited to) the following themes are of interest:

  • Contributing theoretically to the use of technology in science education, considering certain types of requirements (e.g., ethical, cultural, social, societal; populations with specific needs; transdisciplinarity);
  • Contributing theoretically on the use of digital tools as epistemic tools in science learning and the conditions for their effectiveness;
  • Characterizing traits of science teaching practices that improve students' learning, particularly in terms of students' epistemic agency and their epistemic practices;
  • Promoting the instrumental orchestration of various tools in science education;
  • Using technologies in teaching practices that are culturally and socially relevant;
  • Using technology in order to understand, represent and solve problems (from academic problems to societal problems);
  • Operating with technology to represent phenomena and convert one language into another;
  • Evaluating students’ outcomes of the use of technology in science teaching;
  • Teaching science through exploration, experimentation, investigation, simulation, or combinations of these, functions in which technology plays an important role;
  • Contributing to the establishment of the conditions for the use of digital tools as epistemic tools in order to promote high levels of students’ engagement and higher-order thinking skills;
  • Building relations between scientific concepts, or even conceptual fields;
  • Characterizing the role of technology use to engage students, promote cooperative and collaborative learning and reinforce metacognition.

Studies are also welcome that focus on the non-formal contexts of science education in which technology plays an important role or on aspects of the connection to national curricula.

Empirical studies should give explicit attention to the validity, reliability, credibility and transparency of the study. Theoretical works should pay attention to, among other things, the following aspects of the field: specific problems and reasons as to why there is still a lack of strong, good theorization factors to consider in theorizing; the model in which it can be represented; how theorizing applies to some cases and how it can be extended to other cases; in addition to limitations and/or aspects to be developed on the future.

Dr. Joaquim Bernardino Lopes
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • technology
  • digital tools
  • science education
  • epistemic learning
  • instrumental orchestration
  • students’ engagement
  • higher order thinking skills
  • technology-enhanced learning environments

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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