The 2021 inaugural Chemistry Education Research and Practice Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be a unique and collaborative space for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career scientists at similar stages in their careers to foster collaborations, expand their professional networks, and present cutting-edge education research in chemistry.
To complement the 2021 Gordon Research Conference (GRC), the theme for the 2021 GRS is Research Contexts, Questions and Methodologies Across Chemistry Teaching and Learning Contexts. We seek to highlight the variety of research contexts studied in Chemistry Education Research (CER) and discipline-based education research (DBER) by discussing how research context and setting inform our research questions and methodologies, as well as our epistemological assumptions of what constitutes chemistry teaching and learning. The goal of this GRS is to bring these context-related ways of knowing into dialogue and to begin to unpack some of our unexamined assumptions implicit in how we conceptualize chemistry teaching and learning. Examples of diverse research contexts we hope to highlight, while not all encompassing, may include research conducted inside and outside of undergraduate chemistry classrooms, research involving researcher-practitioner partnerships (e.g., partnering with K-12 educators or with industry professionals), research in unique teaching and learning settings (e.g., informal science settings or tutoring), as well as cross-disciplinary research (e.g., understanding chemistry content embedded within biology or physics contexts). These diverse research contexts may also include research that explores issues salient to CER beyond student understanding of chemistry content, such as issues of identity, interaction, affect, and social justice in chemistry education.
You are a good candidate for the 2021 GRS if you are a current graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or comparable early career scientist who conducts, or is interested in conducting, Chemistry Education Research. All participants are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract on their research for either an oral or poster presentation. The GRS is a perfect venue for presenting work that is in the early stages that may benefit from outside perspectives and feedback.
Unique to Gordon Research Seminars, invited oral presentations are selected from submitted abstracts. As such, to be considered for an oral presentation, abstracts must be submitted by April 10, 2021. In considering who will be selected for oral presentations, the GRS chairs will prioritize submissions aligned with the seminar theme that are theory-based, novel, advance our understanding of teaching and/or learning chemistry, and include rigorous methods for data collection and analysis.
The 2021 Chemistry Education Research and Practice GRS will conclude with a panel discussion with a group of diverse CER scholars and mentors from a variety of backgrounds, identities, and institutional contexts. Attendees will have opportunities to submit questions to guide and customize the panel discussion to meet their personal and professional goals.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 10, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.