15-07-2021  Thursday


Astronomy Olympiad Orientation Camp 2021

Date: 12 to 23 July, 2021
Time: 09:00 - 10:00

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Mr. Pritesh Ranadive


With limited zoom room capacity, it will be helpful to us if you register prior, in case you are interested in attending any sessions. The link to the google form to register is given below:



Thursday Seminar on "Explicit Teaching of Nature of Science: Learning, Retention, and Transfer"

Date: 15 July, 2021
Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dr. Mashood K. K.


Prof. Rola Khishfe

Abstract (in speaker's own words):

In this presentation, nature of science (NOS) will be introduced as a component of scientific literacy. As there is no single definition for NOS, there is an agreement about some characteristics of the scientific knowledge that we can reasonably teach to K-12 students. Research about NOS will be examined in relation to the different approaches to teach NOS: namely, an explicit approach. The contexts for teaching NOS using an explicit approach are noted as history of science, scientific inquiry, and socio-scientific issues. By using an explicit approach in the different contexts, we will take a look at the learning about NOS, the retention of NOS understandings, and the transfer of NOS understandings. Finally, the presentation will conclude with the lessons learned regarding the research about NOS along with the factors enhancing its retention and transfer.

Bio sketch:

Dr. Rola Khishfe is an associate professor at the Department of Education of the American University of Beirut (AUB). She received a Ph.D. in science education from Illinois Institute of Technology; M.A. in science education from AUB; Certification in teaching secondary science from AUB; and a B.S. in biology from AUB. She has taught at both the school and university levels. Her school teaching includes experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. At the university level, she has taught at Loyola University Chicago before joining AUB. Her research interests focus on the teaching and learning of nature of science, and argumentation in the context of socio-scientific issues. She has presented her work in international conferences and has published articles in international refereed journals.

Zoom link:


Meeting ID:

940 5808 5713