Asst/Prof ONG Yann Shiou  Dr Timothy Tan

Science Education’s Responses to the Post-truth Era

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges of living in the post-truth* era as governments and citizens held different opinions and responses to public health safety measures that were informed by science to varied extents. What then, should be the role of science education in helping people navigate the post-truth era? As the first in-person ISEC since the COVID-19 pandemic, ISEC 2024 invites science education scholars to propose, deliberate and critique ways to achieve appropriate and relevant roles that science education should take within the next decade in the post-truth era.

*Post-truth is defined in the Oxford Dictionaries as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

We hope that through the participants’ active engagement in intellectual discourses around research ideas, this conference will serve as a platform of the convergence of the best minds in science education research. We encourage participants of this conference to build new connections, renew friendships, and foster collaborations during their time in Singapore.

On behalf of the conference organising committee, we would like to express our deepest thanks to the Senior Leadership of National Institute of Education, Singapore and the Head of the Natural Sciences and Science Education academic unit for their support. We would also like to thank our partners for supporting us with their kind sponsorships, and contributions of time and resources. Finally, we look forward to co-constructing meaningful experiences with all of you at the conference!

Assistant Professor ONG Yann Shiou
Dr Timothy TAN Ter Ming
Co-chairpersons, ISEC 2024 Organising Committee