Professor Samson Nashon
Faculty of Education,
Head & Professor of Science Education
Faculty of Education
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
The University of British Columbia
“Imagination and Aspiration of “Education for All” as a Present and Future Human Endeavour: Reaching The Unreachable”
Dr. Nashon is the Head, and David F. Robitaille Professor in Mathematics & Science Education in University of British Columbia. His area of specialization focuses on students’ alternative understandings that have roots in cultural backgrounds and curricula, and are accommodative of students with varying degrees of abilities. His research is dominantly qualitative, borrowing primarily from contemporary theories of constructivism. His most recent research projects include the ongoing Metacognition and Reflective Inquiry (MRI),East African Students’ Ways of Knowing (EASWOK), The Status of Physics 12 in BC, The Nature of Analogies Kenyan Physics Teachers Use, and Students’ Access To Senior Science and Mathematics Courses in Rural BC. Previous studies include, The Role of Practical Work in Science, and The Kind of Science in Kenyan “Harambee Schools.
Dr. Nashon’s experience as a former high school teacher of physics and mathematics, teacher educator, and as an editor of curriculum materials related to science, provides him with a lens through which he examines the link between theory and practice in the classroom, the nature of science curricula, how the curricula material is taught, and the role that students’ preconceptions play in the teaching and learning of such material. He is currently involved in teaching a physics methods course to preservice teachers, Foundations Research Methods, Action Research Methods, and several science education courses to graduate students.
Prof. Marie Perera
Faculty of Education
University of Colombo
Professor Marie Perera is a Senior Professor In Humanities Education and the Director of the National Education Research and Evaluation Centre of the University of Colombo
Professor Perera has contributed to many areas in Education such as teaching of English and the second national language, bilingual education, education for social cohesion and on student learning outcomes through teaching, research and dissemination. She has over forty research publications and several book chapters in internationally recognized publications. She has won several research grants and awards including the prestigious AILA Solidarity Award at the World Congress on Applied Linguistics in 2011. In recognition of excellence in research, she won a University of Colombo excellence in research award in 2016. She also won the Zonta woman of achievement award in the Education category in 2017.