2020 Special Issue (IJSME)

Posing Researchable Questions in Mathematics and Science Education

Guest Editors

Prof. Jinfa Cai, University of Delaware
Prof. Rachel Mamlok-Naaman, Weizmann Institute of Science

Einstein and Infeld (1938) once wrote, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science” (p. 95). In the history of mathematical and scientific research, there is no shortage of evidence for the impact of posing important and researchable questions. We hold a similar position that posing new researchable questions marks real advance in mathematics and science education. In fact, research in mathematics and science education begins with researchable questions. In this special issue, researchable questions refer to important questions in mathematics and science education that can be investigated empirically.

Researchable questions in mathematics and science education can be discussed with respect to study design, to the conduct of research, and to the dissemination of research. This special issue will detail how to judge, select, and communicate research questions that are researchable. However, papers for this special issue will not merely list researchable questions in mathematics and science. Special consideration is given to articles that focus on one or more of the following:

• Criteria for judging researchable questions
• Issues related to the sources of researchable questions
• Considerations of communicating researchable questions in manuscripts submitted to journals for publication
• Alignment of researchable questions with the conceptual framework as well as appropriate research methods

Please be advised that the manuscript submission deadline has passed.

Einstein, A., & Infeld, L. (1938). The evolution of physics: The growth of ideas from early concepts to relativity and quanta. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.