Mathematical and scientific proficiency is crucial not only to the economic prosperity of our nation, but also to the general well being of individuals in our society. Mathematics and science achievement levels on international tests such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) demonstrate that the United States is not adequately preparing its students to meet the demands for a technically advanced workforce in the twenty-first century. Significant and persistent gaps in mathematics and science achievement for students from low-income backgrounds and minority groups are equally troubling. Fundamental changes in the existing system for providing mathematics and science education to all students are necessary.
The theme for the Fall 2011 SREE research conference is Building an Education Science: Improving Mathematics and Science Education for All Students. Evidence-based changes in curriculum, instructional practices, and professional development are required to increase the mathematical and scientific proficiency of all learners, including those most at risk for underachievement. Symposia and paper presentations which report research on teaching and learning in mathematics and science from early childhood through high school, and utilize rigorous experimental designs or theory-based models of educational change, will offer the best fit for the Fall 2011 conference.
Submissions that address one of several promising new directions in mathematics and science education research will be of particular interest:
Consistent with the mission of SREE, we also encourage submissions that develop new methods and research designs in order to enhance the rigorous evaluation of educational interventions, programs, practices, and policies.