The Association for Science Teacher Education is a non-profit professional organization composed of over 800 members from countries around the globe. The mission of the ASTE is to promote excellence in science teacher education world-wide through scholarship and innovation. We are an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels.
ASTE strives to be the leading voice in the areas of research and policy development related to the enhancement of science teaching. At a time when there is much attention focused on teacher accountability and improving teacher quality, ASTE is poised to respond to these challenges through the innovative and cutting-edge efforts of our internationally renowned membership. Our flagship journal, The Journal of Science Teacher Education, with a dedicated elementary section provides a key outlet for our members to share their scholarship and professional development activities with the larger science education and policy communities.
Our annual conference is held each January and is dedicated to continuing the professional growth and development of individuals who work in or have a strong interest in issues related to science teacher education. The ASTE conference is open to both members and non-members and we actively encourage all individuals with an interest in STEM teacher education to join us.
Throughout its history, ASTE has continued to thrive as a result of the continued efforts of its members. There are many ways for individuals to play an active role within the organization and contribute to its continued success. Members may join standing committees, ad-hoc committees, run for election to the Board, and review manuscripts for our professional journals. In addition, ASTE is comprised of several regional units that host their own annual meetings in an effort to extend the networking and sharing of ideas among our members.
The ASTE Board of Directors is committed to enhancing the visibility and the impact that our organization has in the field of science teacher education in the global science education community. We encourage our members to actively engage in the debate regarding how best to prepare highly qualified science teachers to meet the demands of the 21st century learning environments. Please join us in this important endeavor!
John W. Tillotson, Ph.D.
President, Association for Science Teacher Education