The Department carries out educational research and development in the areas of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences and life sciences, as well as in multidisciplinary areas such as science and technology. Most of the activities are carried out in grades 7-12. Recently, work in mathematics, science and technology education has been extended to grades K-6, as well as to introductory science and mathematics at the tertiary level.
The wide scope of disciplinary domains under one roof enables the creation of multidisciplinary research, development and implementation programs, such as the Rothschild-Weizmann program (described below), as well as fruitful interactions among faculty transcending disciplines and non-disciplinary aspects, such as the pedagogical content knowledge of teachers.
The Department of Science Teaching conducts research in various fields, such as teacher professional development, innovative learning environments, use of digital platforms, and the promotion of personalization. The goal of the research is to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to respond to challenges in the frontiers of science education research. The research includes different components: planning, recruitment of participants, execution, regulation, documentation, data analysis and reporting.
The primary goal of the IRB-EDU (Institutional Review Board of Education) committee is to set ethical standards in science and mathematics education research, and guarantee their application in the different components of the research. Such committees currently operate in Israeli academic institutions and worldwide.
The IRB-EDU aims to enable researchers to adhere to these standards yet to carry out their research. Since the approval by institutional review boards is also required in applications for research funding, in scientific publications, etc., alignment with international standards is important.
The activity of the ethics committee (IRB-EDU) is based on the major principles published by the Ministry of Education in May 2015.
Prof. Bat-Sheva Eylon , Committee Chair
Adv. Ilana Eyal, Legal Office
Prof. Guy Enosh, Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences, Haifa University
Dr. Ilana Hopfeld, Committee Coordinator