SIG 03 Conceptual Change


Jake mcmullen

Jake McMullen

University of Turku, Finland

SIG Coordinator

Benke Gertraud kleiner

Gertraud Benke

Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria

outgoing SIG Coordinator (2017 - 2021)


Mikko Kainulainen

University of Turku, Finland

outgoing JURE Coordinator (2019 - 2021)

Mission Statement

The SIG brings together researchers from the fields of education, cognitive and developmental psychology and several others with the purpose of investigating the problem of conceptual change in development, learning, and instruction. Research on conceptual change has provided detailed descriptions and explanations of learners' difficulties in diverse areas, such as physics, mathematics, biology and history. Under the common denominator of the conceptual change approach to learning, several theoretical assumptions have served as a source of hypotheses and have guided rich and fruitful research agendas. The SIG has been exploring the possibility to synthesize constructivist and socio-cultural perspectives on learning and to investigate the effect of epistemological beliefs and ‘hot cognition' factors on conceptual change learning. The implications of research on conceptual change in the design of instruction are currently among the priorities of the SIG.

Past conferences

12th International Conference on Conceptual Change

  • Theme: Learning with Conceptual Change in Higher Education and Professional Practice
  • Date: August 24-27th, 2022
  • Place: Zwolle, The Netherlands

12th International Conference on Conceptual Change (CANCELLED)

  • Theme: Learning with Conceptual Change during Working Life - Conceptual Change in Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • Date: June 24-27th, 2020
  • Place: Zwolle, The Netherlands

11th International Conference on Conceptual Change

  • Theme: Epistemic Cognition and Conceptual Change
  • Date: 29 August – 1 September 2018 (preceded by a two-day Summer School for PhD students)
  • Place: Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria