International LUMAT Research Symposium 2021

The 11th LUMAT Research symposium will be organized on 9-10.6.2021. Preceding that, we organize a Summer school on 8th of June. Both events will be virtual.

The theme of this year’s LUMAT Research Symposium is Engaging learners in math and science through modern technologies. The symposium will concentrate on teaching, learning and assessment approaches which utilize modern technologies in math and science education to engage learners of different ages

The event is organized by LUMA Center Finland and Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association.


Jari Lavonen

Prof Jari Lavonen

Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education
Jari Lavonen’s publications and activities

Title: Engaging secondary students in science learning through emphasising the use of scientific and engineering practices in Finnish science classrooms
On Wednesday 9 June, at 10.00-11.00


Policy documents have suggested that school science should represent real scientific and engineering practices in order to better engage students in science learning. A two-year professional development project (PDP) or research practice partnership was organised for supporting science teachers (N = 25) to plan teaching modules, which emphasised the use of scientific practices in the context of project-based learning (PBL). These modules were designed according to new national core curriculum, which emphasises students’ active role in collaborative learning and participation in scientific and engineering practices. Through employing these activities, students can create a set of tangible products, like graphs and tables. These products, shared artefacts or external representations, support students’ collaboration and modelling activities. PDP outcomes were determined by analysing how the designed teaching modules supported students’ engagement and learning. Experience sampling method (ESM) and a cognitive test were used as data-collection methods. The data showed that the level of engagement increased between the first and second year. The students in a PBL class gained better learning outcomes than in a control class. After the second year, the teachers emphasised in an interview that goal orientation, collaboration between the teachers and researchers, reflection and, moreover, their own active and contextual learning during the PDP, supported their learning. Moreover, they spoke about the importance of employing a research orientation to improve educational practices, and the role of formal training, such as workshops

Angela James

Dr Angela James

Academic Leader on Community Engagement, Senior Lecturer on Science Education
School of Education; College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Angela James’ profile on ResearchGate

Title: Opportunities and Possibilities for learning Science and Mathematics in the Context of Modern Technology: Interrogating research reports, studies, social networks and creative writings in the South African Education sector
On Thursday 10 June, at 10.30-11.30


If South Africans are to participate in the knowledge economy, every effort must be made to prevent social exclusion, stated by the President in 2001. 2021, in the time of COVID, many inequalities across the schooling, higher education and community organisation settings are now, glaring in sight. Schools have been forced into a digital space evident from the digital platforms and online teaching methods employed through cellphone, radio, television and the internet. This article addresses the question: what Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) messages are in reports, research studies, social networks and creative writings? How are/may these messages be used for opportunities and possibilities for enhancing learning in Science and Mathematics? An interpretive, qualitative, multiple case study of selected Education ICT content sources. Descriptive Content Analysis presented categories of messages of learnings, challenges, opportunities and possibilities. The disruptive time and space offers opportunity to improve the quality of education by creating enriching learning and teaching environments, the central role of teachers as creators for enriching teaching and learning environments and the importance of parent engagement in their children’s learning.


In addition to the keynote speeches, three oral presentation sessions will be organized on Thursday 10 June at 9.00-10.30, 12.30-14.00 and 14.30-16.00. Presentation topics will be added here later.

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