The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme - Maison Suger, in cooperation with École de Psychologues Praticiens, the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science is pleased to announce the inaugural Biennial International Seminar on the Teaching of Psychological Science (BISTOPS).

This English language seminar has been organized by Douglas Bernstein (University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA), and will take place on 9 through 13 July, 2018 in Paris at Maison Suger, the Fondation’s residential and working facility located at 16-18 rue Suger, in the Latin quarter (http://www.fmsh.fr/en/node/24204). 

The seminar will accommodate about 20 participants who have experience in conducting and publishing research on teaching psychology and in successful grant-writing, as well as those who are developing ideas for such research, or have a strong interest in doing so.

The seminar is designed to give participants the opportunity to discuss existing research on the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology, to exchange new research ideas, to create collaborative international research teams, and ultimately to generate published empirical studies whose results will promote evidence-based recommendations for improving the teaching of psychological science on an international scale.

Four of the five days will include a speaker presentation followed by group discussion and brainstorming about the research that has been done—and that still needs to be done—on that day’s topic. The fifth day will feature participant research posters and two or three 30-minute presentations on recent and/or planned research by selected participants.

The main speakers include David Daniel (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA), who will discuss the importance of conducting ecologically valid research on the teaching of psychology; Douglas Bernstein, who will review the latest evaluative literature on a wide variety of active learning strategies; Sue Frantz, (Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington, USA), who will present a hands-on workshop highlighting the latest in teaching technologies and lead a discussion of how best to evaluate their effectiveness; and Ingrid Snijders (Roosevelt Center for Excellence in Education, Middelburg, and HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen, The Netherlands), who will describe her research on the link between student-teacher relationship quality and learning outcomes.

The formal part of each seminar day will take place in Maison Suger’s conference room from 09:30 to 13:30, with a coffee break at 11:00. Participants will be free for the rest of the day for lunch and dinner on their own or in groups and to pursue informal discussions and research planning sessions.

The registration fee of 180 USD includes admission to the seminar, daily coffee breaks, complimentary one-year memberships in both the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science, and a certificate of participation from Maison Suger on behalf of theFondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. The cost of the adults-only apartments at Maison Suger ranges from about 50 to about 120 euros per night (double occupancy or room-sharing adds only 5 euros per night). The building has 24-hour reception, keypad entry, copy and fax machines, laundry facilities, international newspapers, and a gym and sauna. The apartments are basic but comfortable, and include a small kitchen, a full bathroom, telephone with answering machine, cable TV, wireless Internet, and daily housekeeping service.

To request further information, please contact Douglas Bernstein at douglas.bernstein@comcast.net. To apply for a place at the inaugural seminar, visit www.bistops.org.  The deadline for completed applications is January 15, 2018.


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