I am currently an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, where I have been working since September 2009. I hold a PhD from King’s College London (supervised by Jonathan Osborne and Justin Dillon), entitled Argue-WISE: Exploring young students’ features of argumentation within a socio-scientific issue when they engage with an on-line learning environment. The theoretical framework of my work draws upon contemporary perspectives of science education, instructional design and the use of technology in support of learning. These perspectives are applied both to student and teacher learning with emphasis on work related to argumentation and the development of understanding of system thinking. Technology integration for the purpose of supporting learning and teaching is central across my research activities. My research focuses on:
·Exploring and enhancing young students’ argumentation and system thinking within science education, especially when supported by technology.
·Methodological issues regarding argumentation: soci-scientific vs. scientific issues and Toulmin’s (1958) framework; verbal vs. written arguments and ways to approach their analysis; and younger students’ arguments and what analytical frameworks to apply.
·How students identify with a socio-scientific issue they are discussing, and how this might change their final arguments/decisions.
·How pre-service teachers argue in their science methods classes, and how they apply (or not) argumentation in their teaching practice at pre-primary level.
I have published in international science education journals, and books, and I am currently the co-chair for the Pre-Service Teaching Strand for the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), and a member of the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Committee for NARST.