Friday, August 1, 2014

Ms. Ivy P. Mejia of the Earth Science Workgroup presented her research paper during the 6th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES) held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Convention Center, Valleta, Malta on 6-9 February 2014. 

The title of her paper was Developing Pre-Service Teacher’s Constructivist-Oriented Scientific Epistemological View Through Metacognitive Group Discourse. She shared the effectiveness of metacognitive group discourse to preservice teachers’ development of understanding of the nature of science (NOS). She strongly suggested participation in a support group where members purposively check and monitor each others’ understanding of NOS. The process, which she termed as Metacognitive Group Discourse, brought desirable changes in her research respondents. 

Ms. Mejia presenting her paper during the 6th World Conference
on Educational Sciences (WCES) 2014.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Meral Aksu, a professor at the Middle East Technical University (Turkey), who described the qualities of an effective approach in developing a qualified professional. High-quality scientific papers were presented in parallel sessions with topics covering pre-school education to higher education, as well as topics about psychology of learning, instructional design, technology-based learning, and professional development. Aside from the keynote address, there were two plenary sessions, 563 papers, and 20 posters. 

On the last day of the conference, a free Malta Island wide tour was conducted. This one-day tour gave delegates a glimpse of Maltese culture.

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