Ying-Chih Chen was selected for the 2017 NARST Early Career Research Award. This is an auspicious accomplishment for a member of the Early Career Scholars of Teaching and Learning (ECSTL) Initiative at ISTL. The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. This award is given annually to a researcher who, within the first five years after completion of the doctoral degree, demonstrates the greatest potential to make outstanding and continuing contributions to research in science education.
Since 1928, NARST has promoted research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by research. The ultimate goal of NARST is to help all learners achieve science literacy. NARST promotes this goal by; 1) encouraging and supporting the application of diverse research methods and theoretical perspectives from multiple disciplines to the investigation of teaching and learning in science; 2) communicating science education research findings to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers; and 3) cooperating with other educational and scientific societies to influence educational policies.