Being a representative of GIREP in your country.
Bridging the gap between GIREP as international organization and the national network of physics education.
GIREP, a worldwide organization on research on physics education tries to fulfill many of your wishes by organizing conferences and seminars.
Number one point of interest for GIREP is research in education. Of course, as scientists, we want to build on research to improve education in general. The results of the research are communicated, not only to other researchers but also to teachers to get to know the results of research. Apart from that discussions among all stakeholders can only be fruitful, and all participants should benefit from meeting colleagues active in the broad field of physics education.
However the past has shown that GIREP vision is wider than research only: by organizing workshops, seminars and by cooperating with other important partners like ICPE, EPEC and MPTL, AAPT, AsPEN, LAPEN,… it is clear that physics education is more than research. It also involves practitioners like teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum makers and maybe even policy makers.
Being representative we would ask you to inform your local network (researchers, teachers, policy makers, in general all people interested and even dedicated to physics education) on the initiatives that GIREP undertakes. These are the conferences and seminars in the first place, but, a few times per year, the GIREP newsletter to keep people, especially former participants, updated on what is going on.
A representative can inform the local community by mail ( if he has a mailing list) or by publishing small informative messages in relevant periodics on education. If possible, during presentations and talks, he could also mention GIREP conferences as a possible forum for exchange of research or practices on physics education.Furthermore, GIREP also likes to promote a more active engagement towards the different countries. We have a number of articles, books and other valuable information that can be used in many different settings. We think that a representative can inform his community that GIREP can be an international partner in initiatives taken locally. If our network, input and name is needed (or is useful), please contact us. We then can see how this cooperation can be put into practice.
Countries that have a representative are listed below. If your country is not on this list, you might consider to become the country representative. Simply contact us, and we will arrange it.
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Catalunya, Spain, CERN, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South-Africa, South-Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam
Call: contact us to become a representative of GIREP in your country.
Responsible within the GIREP Board is Wim Peeters.