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NARST Announces Global Vision; Amy Taylor Joins Team of Editors

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Watson College of Education is pleased to announce that WCE associate professor Amy Taylor has joined a new team of associate editors for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), the official journal of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Taylor assumed her five-year post as associate editor in January.

Taylor is a former science teacher who joined the faculty at the Watson College in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include developing teacher-friendly strategies to help teach various science concepts in K-12 classrooms. She is a frequent contributor to JRST and other science research publications.

NARST was created in 1928 to improve science teaching and learning in the U.S. through research. Its journal JRST, which is published monthly, provides university-level researchers with articles that are likely to have a significant impact on the field of science education and science education policy.

NARST's membership now extends worldwide, and JRST co-editors Fouad Abd-El-Khalick and Dana Zeidler recently announced an expanded global focus for the research publication.

The scale and complexity of the current, most urgent scientific questions and problems cross national borders and cut across localized agendas, the editors wrote in an article published in NARST's January newsletter. Examples cited include climate change, energy production and consumption and worldwide health threats.

The editors' vision and goals for JRST include adopting a global approach to science education, research, public policy advocacy and work to build the capacity of next-generation researchers in the field. A team of 20 associate editors has been assembled to capitalize on this vision and strengthen JRST's international reputation, leadership and impact.

The new associate editors "comprise a cadre of established and emerging scholars committed to a collaborative effort to publish highly rigorous, responsive, and diverse scholarly research," said Abd-El-Khalick and Zeidler.

The team is international in its representation "and also reflects the diversity of perspectives, research methodologies and traditions, epistemological orientations, issues, cultures, and national origins that form the fabric of our global community," they added.

In addition to Taylor and other higher education researchers from the U.S., the team includes representatives from universities in Australia, Israel, Lebanon, Sweden, Taiwan and Venezuela.

The article outlining the editors' vision and goals for JRST can be found at https://narst.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/jrst-editors/.

For more information on the NARST, visit https://www.narst.org.