Science and Mathematics Education Center (SMEC)






9th International Conference on Conceptual Change

University of Bologna, Italy

August 26-29, 2014

Registration Now Closed (on-site registration will be available)!


Conference venue: Santa Cristina della Fondazza, University of Bologna, in Piazzetta Giorgio Morandi. The Santa Cristina “della Fondazza” structure was initially a monastery tied to the nuns of the Camaldolese order. Renovated at the end of the 15th Century, the structure is centred around a large quadrangular cloister. The building’s prestige is underscored by the elegant decorations in the cloister area and the fresco - in today’s Aula Magna - depicting a crucifixion attributed to the school of Lorenzo Costa. The structure is now home to research and didactic activities of the Department of Art as well as the I. B. Supino library. 

The 9th meeting of the Special Interest Group on Conceptual Change (SIG 3) of the European Association for Research on the Learning and Instruction (EARLI) will be held at the University of Bologna, Italy on August 26-29, 2014.  The conference will incllude sympsia, individual paper presentations, and posters addressing themes such as: 


-    Student conceptions across domains;

-    The process of conceptual change;

-    Instructional strategies for inducing conceptual change;

-    Embodiment and concept learning

-    Language, discourse and concept learning;

-    Argumentation and conceptual change;

-    Methods in conceptual change research;

-    Metaphor, analogy and modeling in concept learning;

-     Social interaction and concept learning;


-     Instructional materials to support conceptual change teaching;

-     Construction and evaluation of learning progressions in specific domains;

-     Metacognition and conceptual change;

-     Identity and conceptual change;

-     Curriculum design for conceptual change;

-     Teacher pedagogical content knowledge to support conceptual change instruction;

-    Interaction between symbol systems and concept learning;

Conference Program

Plenary Lectures:

Rafael Núñez, UC San Diego, USA (Title: Conceptual Change, Conceptual Metaphor, and Types of Embodiment in Mathematical Thought, Abstract)

Clark Chinn, Rutgers University, USA (Title: Promoting Reasoning and Conceptual Change through Argumentation: Challenges and Responses, Abstract)

Paolo Boero University of Genova, Italy (Title: Verbal Language and Conceptual Change in Mathematics Education: Seeking a Comprehensive Framework, Abstract)


Plenary Panel on “Conceptual Change Across Domains": 

Michelene (Micki) Chi, Arizona State University, USA (Topic: Conceptual change in science)

Erno Lehtinen, University of Turku, Finland (Topic: Conceptual Change in mathematics)

Ceclia Lundholm, Stockholm University , Sweden (Topic: Conceptual change in the social sciences)

Gale Sinatra, University of Southern California, USA (Topic: Conceptual change and controversial issues)  

Please consult the final program and book of abstracts (updated August 1st) for details. 

              Registration (now closed) and Other Practical Information

Registration deadlines and fees:


Early-bird registration deadline (reduced fee)

May 31st, 2014

Regular registration deadline (full fee)

(Extended to)      

        July 15th, 2014             

EARLI member


€ 180


€ 165

€ 225

Student/JURE member


€ 130

Student non-member

€ 110

€ 165

The registration fee covers attendance of all conference sessions, welcome reception, concert (Wednesday, August 27th), conference program, and conference bag.  A separate fee will be charged for the conference dinner.   While registration is now closed, on-site registration will be available.

Conference dinner (August 28th): The conference dinner will be taking place in the courtyard of the San Giovanni in Monte. This historical structure is located in the quiet of an ancient convent, dating back to medieval times which was then converted into a prison during the Napoleonic era and remained as a prison until 1985.

(Cost of dinner ticket:  € 45)


Concert of the Ensamble Sursum Corda (Evening of Wednesday, August 27, at Santa Cristina): The ensemble Sursum Corda takes its name from a musical work of the English composer Edward Elgar ('Up your hearts'). Beside some works of the classical repertoire, the ensemble will perform the Making Music Suite by the Italian composer Barbara Manfredini, where a kind of  'conceptual change' in music is presented.

Travel, accommodation, and other practical information:

You will find more information about the conference venue, the city of Bologna as well as information about travel and accommodation here: Conference venue and practical information.

For information regarding session formats, technical information about the rooms in which sessions will take place and information about the Bologna Welcome Card that can give you access to Bologna attractions at reasonable cost and use of the Bologna airport shuttle, please consult this Last Minute Details document.

For further inquiries write to one of the conference co-chairs:

Tamer Amin, Science and Mathematics Education Center, American University of Beirut, Lebanon,

Olivia Levrini, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Italy,


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