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ISTE International Conference 2011

Plenary speakers

Prof Cher Ping Lim, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Professor LIM Cher Ping is the Head of the Outcome-based Learning Unit at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has led several large scale research projects that include the Effective Integration of ICT in Singapore Schools – Policy and Pedagogical Implications, Using WAP and GPRS Technologies to Support E-discussions and E-sharing, Gaming in 3D Virtual Environments - Exploring Communities, Student Engagement, Learning Objects and Cultural Settings, Digital Curricular Literacies, Improving the Quality and Quantity of Teachers in the Asia-Pacific and Using Digital Representations of Work for Authentic and Reliable Performance Assessment in Senior Secondary School courses. These projects have significant impacts on the teaching and learning practices and education policies in the region; raising a greater awareness among educators and policymakers of the need for evidence-based practices and policies. He has also provided consultancy services to the World Bank, World Links, UNESCO, Inter-American Development Bank, SEAMEO, Microsoft, ACER Computers, Asian and Australian schools and the Governments of Barbados and Oman.

Professor Lim has published internationally in different areas of education technologies, namely ICT-based learning environments in schools, teacher education and corporations.

Dr Norman Lederman, Chair of Mathematics and Science Education, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Lederman is internationally known for his research and scholarship on the development of students' and teachers' conceptions of nature of science and scientific inquiry. He has also studied pre-service and in-service teachers' knowledge structures of subject matter and pedagogy, pedagogical content knowledge, and teachers' concerns and beliefs. Dr. Lederman has been author or editor of 10 books, including an elementary science teaching methods textbook. He is editor of the recently published Handbook for Research on Science Education. He has written 15 book chapters and published over 200 articles in professional refereed journals. In addition, Dr. Lederman has made over 500 presentations at professional conferences and meetings around the world.
Dr. Lederman has served as President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS), and the Oregon Educational Research Association. He has also served as Director of Teacher Education for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Director of the Northwest Region of AETS, North-American Director of the International Council of Associations for Science Education and served on the Board of Directors of NSTA, AETS, NARST, and the School Science and Mathematics Association. Dr. Lederman served as the Editor of the journal School Science and Mathematics for 10 years and serves, or has served, on the Editorial Boards of the American Educational Research Journal, Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, International Journal of Science Education, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Elementary Science Education, Journal of Science Teacher Education, Science and Education, and Science Education.
Prof R Talbot, University of Colorado, Denver, USA
Bud Talbot is a faculty member in science education at the University of Colorado Denver.  His current research focuses on the validity of instrumentation designed to measure STEM teachers' strategic knowledge.  Other areas of research work include assessment of students' and teachers' science content knowledge, teacher education program evaluation, and educational measurement.  Bud's areas of science specialty are physics and the geological sciences.
Links to papers, talks, etc.


 Professor Chitra Natarajan is Dean, HBCSE Faculty at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Although she began her career in the R&D sector, working on surface analytical instruments and the science of surfaces, her research interests have included plasma technology, S&T policy, environmental and developmental issues. She is an active researcher in design and technology education and environmental education, and her current interests include, socio-scientific issues, project based learning and students' and teachers' reasoning about design and systems. She is a member of the “multilingualism network” that engages with issues of sustaining multiple modes of expression: languages and technologies. Some of her publications are listed on

Guest speaker

Mrs Jansie Niehaus, National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)
Jansie is the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF). Her professional background is in mathematics and teacher education.  She is also a former political prisoner. At NSTF, in addition to co-ordinating and managing the daily activities, she is responsible for the annual NSTF Awards; the National Youth Service Programme on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology; and regular workshops for NSTF membership on current policy issues in science and technology.