The first ENPEC was held in Águas de Lindóoia, SP, from 27 to 29 November 1997. This event was attended by 135 researchers in science education and its program consisted of 15 sessions of oral communications, where 57 research papers were discussed, two panel sessions with 71 papers, and three sessions of debates on the establishment of a research association in science education. In the final assembly of the event , on November 29, 1997 , the Brazilian Association for Research in Science Education – ABRAPEC was inaugurated. I ENPEC’s Proceedings
The II ENPEC was held in Valinhos, SP, from 1 to 4 September 1999, with the participation of 171 researchers in science education. The program included two conferences, a lecture, 22 oral sessions where 106 research papers were read, and a panel with 57 papers. Two general meetings of ABRAPEC were held, where the statute of the Association was approved. II ENPEC’s Proceedings
The III ENPEC was held at the Park Hotel in Atibaia, SP. from 7 to 10 November 2001, sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Research in Science Education (ABRAPEC) and was financed by CNPq. As in previous meetings, the organization emphasized the presentation and discussion of research papers in science education. This ENPEC was attended by 234 researchers. All participants were authors or coauthors. The program consisted mainly of presentations of research papers in the form of oral communication (124) and panel (109), 3 conferences, a roundtable and groups discussions. III ENPEC’s Proceedings
The IV ENPEC was held at Obeid Plaza Hotel, in the city of Bauru, SP, from 25 to 29 November 2003, and was promoted by the Brazilian Association of Research in Science Education (ABRAPEC), and was financed by CNPq, the FUNDUNESP and UNESP/Bauru. It had basically the same format of the first three, the emphasis was on the presentation and discussion of research papers in Science Education and participation was contingent on the submission of research papers, or that could result in the production of knowledge in the area. The papers were individual or collaborative, unpublished or reruns ant they had been reported in oral form or panel. Papers that had been published in magazines were not accepted. Some 500 papers were submitted to the team of referees of the event and of these, 259 were accepted for presentation in poster form, 192 were selected for oral presentation sessions and the others were not accepted. The criteria used for evaluation of the work were set by the Organizing Committee after extensive consultation with the team of referees, consisting of masters and doctors in the area. This event registered the participation of 553 researchers, all authors and/or coauthors of papers presented at the event. The meeting included roundtables, conferences, short courses, lectures, oral sessions, poster session, and discussion groups. There was a session Releases Books, which were launched seven books of science education researchers. IV ENPEC’s Proceedings
The V ENPEC was held at the Obeid Hotel Plaza in the city of Bauru, SP, from November 28 to December 3, 2005. It was promoted by the Brazilian Association of Research in Science Education (ABRAPEC) and was supported by CNPq, CAPES , the FUNDUNESP, UNESP/Bauru and FAPEMIG. The event had basically the same format as the first four meetings, with an emphasis on presentation and discussion of research papers in Science Education. Participation was contingent on the submission of a paper. 834 papers were submitted for consideration of the team of referees of the event and 739 were accepted for presentation. Of these, 378 were accepted for presentation in oral communications and 360 for presentation in poster form. These works were divided into 95 oral sessions and 12 sessions of panels. The criteria used for evaluation of the work were set by the Organizing Committee, after extensive consultation with the Scientific Committee and the team of referees. It was registered the participation of 945 researchers including faculty and doctoral students, masters and undergraduates. The event also featured panel discussions, lectures, oral sessions, poster sessions. In V ENPEC was held the First School for Young Researchers in Science Education, in which were given 10 courses of 16 hours each for master and Ph.D. students in Science Education. It was also the first time that the ABRAPEC Working Groups, now numbering 10, performed systematic activities during ENPEC. V ENPEC’s Proceedings
The VI ENPEC, held between November 26 and December 2, 2007 at the Convention Center at UFSC in Florianopolis consolidated the dimension of V ENPEC in number of papers accepted and presented in oral presentations and panels. In VI ENPEC 958 works were submitted (617 as oral communication and 341 as poster). Were accepted and presented 405 oral presentations and 264 posters, grouped into 70 oral sessions and 12 poster sessions. Within 5 days of the event were also presented two plenary lectures and 9 round tables on various topics of research and with the participation of several internationally renowned researchers in Brazil, Latin America and Europe. During the event was held the II School for Young Researchers in Science Education , with the offer of 9 mini-courses (each with 8 hours). The big news of the VI ENPEC compared to previous ENPEC was then the greatest rigor in the arbitration, which was reflected in the quality of the papers presented at the event . This rigor and quality are due to the maturity of the field of science education which has been consolidating not only in quantitative terms, with the expansion of graduate programs in teaching science and mathematics, but also in qualitative terms, with the deepening of topics and research methodologies and the introduction of new lines of research in line with the challenges to science education in Brazil. VI ENPEC’s Proceedings
The VII ENPEC, was held from November 8 to 13, 2009 at the Convention Center of UFSC, Florianopolis. The Proceedings brings the full texts presented in the various sessions of oral and poster, the texts or abstracts of the round tables and plenary lectures. These texts can be accessed from the respective sessions or the name of their authors. The reader should note that the change of scale of the event, observed since the V ENPEC due to a large increase in the number of papers retained in this event. Within 5 days of the event were presented 723 papers, 382 oral communications being divided into 80 sessions coordinates and 341 panels divided into 15 sessions. These works were selected by 264 referees who analyzed 1140 papers submitted. With rigorous work of arbitration, referees refused 342 papers and accepted 799, divided into 425 oral presentations and 374 posters. This number is higher than that stated in the Proceedings of the event as they are published only works effectively presented at the event. Besides these works, we presented two plenary lectures and 9 round tables on various topics of interest. These papers were selected from extensive consultation with members of ABRAPEC, who suggested themes and names to compose the tables. From these suggestions, the organizing committee of the VII ENPEC selected tables and conferences, and the names of people to invite. The day before the opening of the VII ENPEC was performed the III School for Young Researchers in Science Education, with the offer of 9 mini-courses, each with 8 hours. VII ENPEC’s Proceedings
The VIII ENPEC was held at UNICAMP in Campinas, from 5 to 9 December 2011.
The proceedings of this event are available at http://www.nutes.ufrj.br/abrapec/viiienpec/index.htm
The event was attended by 1920 participants. Of these, 43 % were teachers field researchers, 38 % of students graduate and 19 % undergraduate students. The profile of the participants of the VIII ENPC reflected not only the integration of ABRAPEC with graduate programs in the area, but also the growing role played by the training event.
Participants were coming from the North (6%), Northeast (17%), Midwest (6%), Southeast (47%) and South (22%) . This distribution corresponds to the highest concentration of post graduate courses in the South and Southeast regions of the country and can be explained by the greater proximity and consequent reduction of participation costs, the researchers of the regions at the event, held in Campinas, SP. The event also saw the participation of 15 Ibero-American colleagues.
ENPEC VIII underwent a total of 1695 papers, which were evaluated by at least two referees. Were approved to presentation around 1235 (1009 in the form oral and 677 poster modality and 16 as thematic symposia).
The distribution of papers in 14 thematic lines was as follows: (278) Teaching and learning of scientific concepts, (385) Training of science teachers, (131) History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science in education; (96) Education in spaces non-formal and scientific dissemination (98) Information and Communication Technologies in Science Education, (110) environmental education and science education; (51) health education and science education; (119) Language and science education; (112) scientific and technological literacy; (72) Curriculum Studies; (35) Assessment, (53) Diversity and multiculturalism; (127) Educational materials and processes; (28) educational policies.
The evaluation of the papers submitted to the event was first held in a decentralized manner. A dynamic arbitration was designed in order to bring together researchers with different profiles and levels of experience in a process with formative character and contributing to the sharing of assessment criteria in the search area. Accepted the invitation of coordination 437 referees. All entries were judged blindly by at least two reviewers.
On 5 December was held the IV School for Young Science Education Researchers brought together approximately 200 students of post-graduate and undergraduate students from all regions of Brazil, in 14 mini-courses, with eight hours duration each.
The VIII ENPEC told, besides the presentation of oral communications and posters, with eight round tables, two plenary lectures and five thematic meetings.
The ENPEC and ABRAPEC reasserted themselves as discussion forums, positioning and actions of a community committed to the planning, implementation and evaluation of educational innovations and proposals aimed at developing the full exercise of responsible citizenship, as well as the content area and scientific knowledge concerning their construction processes. The papers presented and discussions held at the event reinforced this commitment, and cemented this identity. VIII ENPEC’s Proceedings
The IX National Meeting of Research in Science Education was held from 10 to 13 November 2013, in the town of Aguas de Lindoia, SP, in Majestic and Bela Vista hotels. On November 14, 2013, the V Researchers Training School in Science Education was held, also in the hotel Majestic. Both events were organized by the board of the Brazilian Association for Research in Science Education (ABRAPEC). 1,037 participants were accredited, including teachers and researchers of higher education institutions (329), graduate students (544), undergraduate students (146), all affiliated to ABRAPEC. Were still present 18 participating non-members. Except for Amapá, all other federal and state entities the Federal District told representatives at the IX ENPEC.
The program included 171 parallel sessions of oral presentation, divided into nine periods, containing 6 papers and lasting 2 hours per session. In addition to the round tables of opening and closing, there were still four parallel round tables, 7 thematic symposia, 6 meetings of stakeholders and 6 discussions on general topics. According to the status of ABRAPEC, held the Ninth Annual General Meeting, which elected the new board of the association, among other agenda points.
1,526 full papers were submitted, which were distributed to 19 groups of evaluation, and these organized thematically in 15 lines. 39 thematic coordinators and more than 400 advisers were mobilized throughout the evaluation process. Each study was reviewed by at least two assessors who responded to an evaluation instrument with 10 items.
The IX ENPEC had computerized submission and evaluation systems of work, registration, accreditation and transfer of participants. All certificates and receipts were issued in electronic format. After access to online certificates, each participant was asked to answer a review of poll event with 36 items on organizational infrastructure and logistics, academic quality of the sessions and general assessment of the event. 326 respondents were recorded, of which 292 have issued positive general opinion (good, very good or excellent) on the IX ENPEC. Following those criteria, the respondents approval rating was: 83% for the evaluation process; 94% for the organization and efficiency of the secretariat; 89% for the general program of the event; 93% for the quality of the papers presented in oral sessions; 95% for the infrastructure of the convention center. From a statistical point of view, the poll has been validated and the results faithfully reflect the opinion of about 30% of the participants of the IX ENPEC.