Saturday, November 15, 2014

NARST ACCEPTANCE: Tensions between conceptual and metaconceptual learning with models

The Madison- 13th and Washington St, Hoboken NJ
Circa mid 1970's

NARST (the National Association for Research in Science Teaching) is the premier worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. Since its inception in 1928, NARST has promoted research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by the research. The ultimate goal of NARST is to help all learners achieve science literacy. The following is an acceptance letter I received this week to present some of my latest research at the annual NARST meeting. This year it will be held in Chicago, IL. 

Some initial aspects of this work was begun while I was working with teachers in Hoboken, NJ on developing a K-12 inclusive curriculum. Further development of the ideas behind this work came from interactions with Rich Lehrer (Vanderbilt), Michele Mann (U of Texas-Austin), my students and graduate students of my elementary science methods course and children from the Hola Dual Language Charter School in Hoboken, NJ. 

This is the ninth time my research has been accepted to be part of a NARST conference. -Dr. Petrosino 

Dear Anthony,
Congratulations! After a thorough peer review process, the NARST Program Committee has decided to accept your proposal Q-1007211-4189 entitled Tensions between conceptual and metaconceptual learning with models submitted to Strand 1 to be presented as a/an Interactive Poster. For the 2015 NARST Annual International Conference there were approximately 1,100 proposal submissions. Thus, you are invited to the NARST Annual International Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA from April 11 - 14, 2015. For the purpose of obtaining a visa to the USA or travel grants to support funding to attend the conference, please use this letter to verify that your proposal to present at the conference was peer-reviewed and accepted. Full details of the program (and your session) will be available by early-February at the association's website ( More information about the Conference venue will be available in the Spring 2015 E-NARST News.

You will find the comments and feedback from peer reviewers at the NARST Proposal Submission website: where you can log in and click on your proposal number(s) for your first author submission(s) to view your reviews. You should find these reviews useful in preparing your final paper for presentation at the Conference.
Please note that every first authors of each accepted paper must register for the Conference by 12:00pm (noon) EST on February 12, 2015. You will be able to register electronically using a credit card. Failure to register for the Conference by 12:00pm (noon) EST on February 12, 2015 may result in your submission and paper being deleted from the program.

The deadline for receipt of your voluntarily submitted manuscript for inclusion in the e-version of the program is 12:00pm (noon) EST February 19, 2015. Please note your submission is not reviewed or edited in any way. Your submission is voluntary. The link for the manuscript will only be live during the conference and for a period of up to 7 days prior to and following the conference. Beginning with the 2015 conference NARST will no longer produce the Conference CD. Directions for the submission of your manuscript for the e-version will be available on the conference page of the NARST website.
Therefore, please put these 2015 dates in your calendar:
  • Early-February: Notification of your specific presentation date and time.
  • February 12 (12:00pm EST): Conference pre-registration for every first author.
  • February 19 (12:00pm EST): Voluntary submission of manuscript for e-version of program.
  • April 11 - 14: NARST 2015 Annual International Conference in Chicago, IL.
If you have any questions about the proposal review process or conference scheduling please contact Dr. XXXXX.
Questions about registration, the conference venue, and submitting manuscripts for the e-version of the program should be directed to the NARST management company (
Once again, congratulations on a successful NARST 2015 proposal. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.
NARST 2014-15 Program Committee