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ISSN 2309-5911

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An ECTN Association Publication since 2000 - October 2015, Vol. 16, N. 04

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  • Foreword: Editorial Guest.
  • EC2E2N WP01: Student Contest 2015-2016;  New Book Publication advertisement "Pre-service Training for Chemistry Teachers: A Guidebook of Good Practice".
  • Communication, Websites and NewsLetter: Call for 2015 Issues and Guests' List; ACEN Network; Other links to Partners' NewsLetter; December issue call.
  • News from everywhere ... Africa/Middle-East (ACRICE-2 2015, Venda ZA, Last Announcement; Kampala International Conferences in Uganda; ICPAC 2016 in Mauritius) ; Asia-Pacific (ACEN Announcement).
  • Conference's Agenda 2015-...

Editorial Foreword


Dear NewsLetter Readers,

In this issue, there is one major advertisment regarding the publication of a new book, a visible product of the EC2E2N-2 WP01 network project. A short description is provided, and the link to the place to download it. Soon, you will find interactive PDF files allowing to address each Chapter individually. Download also the announcement ad rules of the 2015-2016 edition of the ECTN Student Contest.

Also in our columns, the last call for the ACRICE 2015, and a couple of advertisements for 2016 conferences. 

The next issue - and last issue - of the "EC2E2N NewsLetter" will be dedicated to the 19 years of the Network. Last but not least, as the current NewsLetter will reborn as "ECTN NewsLetter" in 2016

flag_eu-fr_france.gif  Dr. Pascal Mimero, Lyon - France
NewsLetter Resident Editor

Enjoy your reading!

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EC2E2N - Network

  flag_eu-fr_france.gif Anthony Smith, CPE Lyon, France (EU)


Student Contest 2015-2016

Learning Objects Competition in Chemistry

How would you like chemistry to be taught? 


Contest 2015-2016 Announcement and Rules
[PDF / 303 Kb]

WP01 - Towards Excellence in School and University Teaching

The long-awaited publication "Pre-service Training for Chemistry Teachers: A Guidebook of Good Practice", the result of three years of cooperation between  EC2E2N 2 and DivCEd EuCheMS has been published recently. Electronic version is available at ...

Although pedagogy is traditionally considered as a separate course from teacher training, our handbook begins with chapters entitled ‘Educational Theories and How Students Learn Chemistry’ and ‘Taxonomies of Learning’.

It has been observed that many young teachers plan their lessons solely based on their school textbook and so the authors of the chapter ‘Understanding and Using Chemistry Curricula for Effective Teaching’ have sought to demonstrate what the curriculum is for and how to convince young teachers to use it effectively.

The subsequent chapters discuss specific strategies, teaching methods or lesson elements. Among others, the chapter entitled ‘Practical Work in Chemistry and Its Goals and Effects’, seeks to provide answers to the questions of what laboratory classes are for and what learning can be achieved through them. As IBSE is one of the learning strategies recently promoted by the European Commission, the author of the chapter ‘Inquiry-Based Chemistry Instruction’ points out some misconceptions and stereotypes associated with this concept which need to be addressed during the education of PSTs. Teachers usually have access to a number of workbooks and textbooks containing established exercises and problems, however, we should expect that teachers will be able to devise new exercises specific and appropriate to the learning requirements of a particular group or year. Information on how to help PSTs can be found in the chapter ‘Design of Learning and Assessment Tasks.’


Another group of chapters applies specifically to the subject being taught, in our case chemistry. Here the reader can find discussion on Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), or how best to introduce and discuss specific chemical concepts with their students, and the importance of embedding their teaching in appropriate and relevant contexts. These important issues are covered in the chapters ‘The Use of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teacher Education’ and ‘Students' Alternative Conceptions and Ways to Overcome Them.’, as well as  ‘Chemistry and Context.’

General knowledge of science and the scientific method favours the making of decisions which are based on reasonable premises and logical reasoning. Such knowledge is usually transmitted and developed within the general subject referred to as NOS (see a chapter ‘Designing Courses on Nature of Science and History of Science’).

The final chapter deals with ‘Continuous Professional Development’ and includes guidance on how to organize CPD and advice on how to persuade PSTs to commit to CPD.

Each chapter contains description of: reasons  ­(Why is this particular topic important in Pre-­service teacher education?), theoretical framework (short literature review) and good practice examples (examples  of a practical approach to introduce key aspects of that topic). Happy reading!

flag_eu-uk_unitedkingdom.gif Bill Byers & flag_eu-pl_poland.gif Iwona Maciejowska

   Iwona Maciejowska, JU Krakow, Poland
    Bill Byers, U. of Ulster, UK

Communication and NewsLetter

  flag_eu-fr_france.gif by Pascal Mimero, CPE Lyon FR - EC2E2N Communication Manager and Editorial Board Chair
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The next regular edition is schedule in June 2015. If you'd like to contribute, you can contact the Guest Editor from ourURL

EC2E2N NewsLetter ... ECTN NewsLetter !!

After this technical edition, the very last edition of the EC2E2N NewsLetter, as such, will take place next December 2015. 

From January 2016, it will become ECTN NewsLetter, it will ensure a service continuation taken over by the Association ECTN.

An ISSN extension will be requested, for the main benefit of the contributors.

All archives will be kept accessible

Need more information ? Contact the Resident Editor ...

December 2015 Issue

19 years of success for the Network aventures. 

It has began as ECTN in 1996, and became EC2E2N in 2009 ...

2016 Editorial Line

The proposed agenda will be as following:

  • 1st Quarter 2016: Mid-March 2016
  • 2nd Quarter 2016: Mid-June 2016
  • 3rd Quarter 2016: End-September 2016
  • 4th Quarter 2016: Mid-December 2016

The Guest Editor principle will continue for at least 2 out of the 4 scheduled editions. Wishing to seeing you soon as reader and contributor ...

News from everywhere ... 2015-2016

Africa / Middle-East

ACRICE 2015 - 2nd African Conference on Research in Chemical Education

flag_af-za_southafrica.gif by Liliana Mammino, Venda (South-Africa) 


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Second African Conference on Research in Chemical Education
University of Venda, Thohoyandou (South Africa),
22-27 November 2015

Just two weeks left to the beginning of the conference.

We can accept abstracts up to November 16. 

Consider also the grants available:

* Four IUPAC grants for young African researchers

* Funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2-3 selected sub Saharan African chemical scientists, in particular from the four hub countries, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Hurry up to enjoy a wonderful scientific, social and cultural experience.

Photo Credit: Liliana Mammino @ 2015

Kampala International Conferences 2016

flag_af-ng_nigeria.gif by Jacinta Opara and Nkasiobu Oguzor, Nigeria



The African Association for Teaching and Learning and Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research are pleased to invite you to the:

"Kampala International Conference on Educational Studies and Research", Kampala (Uganda), January 26-29 2016.

"Kampala International Conference on Human and Social Sciences", Kampala (Uganda), February 22-25,2016

"Kampala International Conference on Science, Technology and Engineering", Kampala (Uganda), March 7-10,2016 

The main aim of the KICESR2016, KICHSS2016 and KICSTE2016 International Conferences is to bring scholars, scientists, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in education to present their works. 

All accepted papers for the conferences are published internationally indexed Book of Proceedings to be available during the conference.After a rigorous reviewing process, all selected papers presented at conferences in Kampala, Uganda will be published  in international referred journals.

Submission: Attached is information on the sub-themes of the conference and guidelines for submission of papers. You can submit your abstract and full length papers by email 

Visa: Delegates whose papers are accepted would be assisted with visa.

Kindly see attached more information on the conference and help us circulate to other interested colleagues.

Looking forward to seeing in Kampala, the capital city of the pearl of Africa.

Professor S.P Singh 

Conference Secretariat

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ICPAC 2016 

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Greetings from Mauritius. 

Visit the ICPAC 2016 website at

The brochure of the conference is downloadable below.

Kind regards

The International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry (ICPAC 2016) will be held on July 18-22, 2016, in Mauritius. The Organising Committee has adopted the theme “Emerging Trends in Chemical Sciences” for this event. 

Chemistry is one of the subjects of Science for understanding and explaining makeup and changes of everything that has mass and occupies space. Chemistry has permeated the study of different branches of Science.

Read More ...

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Asia / Pacific

ACEN Announcements

flag_as-jp_japan.gif by Masato Ito, Soka JP - Manager of ACEN home page in Japan & mailing list / Chemical Education Journal (CEJ) Editor in chief of Asian Edition in English


Dear ACEN colleagues,

Chemical Education Journal (CEJ) has changed the web page address:  the new address is
The e-mail address for the submission and inquiry is also changed into
With best regards,

Conferences' Agenda 2015 - ...


 flag_af-za_southafrica.gif ACRICE-2 2015 - Venda ZA
     November 22-27, 2015

flag_af-ug_uganda.gif KICESR 2016 - Kampala, UG
     January 26-29,2016

flag_af-ug_uganda.gif KICHSS 2016 - Kampala, UG
     February 22-25,2016

flag_af-ug_uganda.gif KICSTE 2016 - Kampala, UG
     March 7-10,2016

 flag_af-mu_mauritius.gif ICPAC 2016 - Mauritius, MU
     July 18-22, 2016

flag_as-my_malaysia.gif ICCE 2016 - Borneo, Sarawak, MY
     August 1-4, 2016
     url: click here

flag_eu-es_spain.gif ECRICE 2016 - Barcelone, ES
     September 7-10, 2016

flag_sa-br_brazil.gif IUPAC 2017 Wolrd Congress - São Paulo, BR
     July 3-11, 2017

flag_eu-fr_france.gif IUPAC 2019 Wolrd Congress - Paris, FR