Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in STEM Education
On Tuesday 26th June, the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and learning (CASTeL), hosted the eighth in a series of biennial Science and Mathematics Education Conferences, SMEC 2018. The conference theme was Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in STEM Education. Professor Merrilyn Goos, Director of EPI*STEM, University of Limerick presented a keynote address entitled ‘Research that makes a difference: Why impact matters’. The second keynote, presented by Professor Anna Steinweg, University of Bamberg, was entitled ‘Quality Enhancement in Mathematics Education: Some Insights into German Initiatives and Research. CASTeL member, Professor Deirdre Butler, School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies provided the final keynote address entitled ‘STE(A)M: More the sum of its parts.’ Altogether 37 different oral presentations and workshops took place which demonstrated the vibrancy of STEM education research across Ireland.