Professor Stella Vosniadou

Flinders University of South Australia

Stella Vosniadou is a Strategic Professor in Education at Flinders University, South Australia. She obtained her B.A. degree from Brandeis University, M.A degree from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University in the USA. In previous academic appointments she served as a Senior Scientist at the Center for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cognitive Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Professor Vosniadou research is in the area of learning and cognitive development with a focus on how students understand counter-intuitive concepts in science and mathematics.  She is well known for her research on conceptual change for which she received the 2011 Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Award by the Society for Research in Child Development.  She has more than 150 publications including authored and edited books and articles in refereed journals and edited volumes, and more than 18,000 citations on her published research.

Professor Vosniadou is the current editor of the 'Educational Practices Series' a publication of the International Academy of Education and of the International Bureau of Education of the UNESCO, and serves on the editorial board of five international journals, including the Educational Psychologist, Mathematical Learning and Thinking, and Human Development.


Ph.D., Psychology, Clark University, USA

M.A., Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

B.A., Brandeis University, USA

Honours and awards

Member, Academia Europaea, 2016

Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Research Award, Society for Research in Child Development, 2011

Fellow, American Educational Research Association, 2012)

Fellow, International Academy of Education, 1997)

Chair, Cognitive Science Society (2012-2013)

President, European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (1995-1997)

Recent Publications

Vosniadou, S. & Skopeliti, E. (2019). Evaluating the effects of analogy enriched text on the learning of science: The importance of learning indexes. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 1-33. 56, 732-764.Doi:10.1002/tea.21523

Vosniadou, S. (2019). The development of students’ understanding of science. Frontiers in Education, 4(32), doi:10.3389/Feduc.2019.00032

Lawson, M. J., Vosniadou, S., Van Deur, P., Wyra, M. & Jeffries, D. (2018). Teachers’ and students’ belief systems about self-regulated learning: Matters for challenge. Educational Psychology Review, 31(1), 223-251. Doi:10.1007/s10648-018-9453-7.

Vamvakoussi, X., Christou, K., & Vosniadou, S. (2018). Bridging psychological and educational research on rational number knowledge. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 4(1), 84-106. Doi:5964/jnc.v411.82

Vosniadou, S., Pnevmatikos, D., Makris, N., Eikospentaki, K., Lepenioti, D., Chountala, A., & Kyrianakis, G. (2018). The recruitment of shifting and inhibition in on-line science and mathematics tasks. Cognitive Science, 42, 1860-1886. Doi:10.1111/cogs.12624

Vosniadou, S. (Ed.). (2013). International Handbook of Research on Conceptual Change. New York: Routledge 2nd Edition.

Emeritus Professor Mike Lawson

Flinders University of South Australia

Mike Lawson is Emeritus Professorin the College of Education, Psychology and Law.From 1990 he had significant administrative responsibilities at School, Faculty and University level. These have included Acting Dean of the School of Education, Associate Dean (Research) of the School, membership of the Faculty Research Committee, membership of the University Research Committee and the University Advisory Group on Research, and founding Director of the Education Strategic Research Initiative, now Educational Futures.

Mikes’ research has focused on the use of strategies for learning in classroom and study situations. In recent years this research has been concerned with applications in mathematical problem solving, vocabulary acquisition in language learning and the facilitation by teachers of students' use of learning strategies. In addition Mike has been involved as a member of teams that have evaluated the effects of interventions on mental health for students in primary schools and early childhood centres.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, CAN

M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, CAN

B.A., Monash University, AUS

Selected Publications

Kirby, J., & Lawson, M. J. (Eds). (2012). Enhancing the quality of learning. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Lawson, M. J. (1984). Being executive about metacognition. In J. Kirby (Ed.), Cognitive strategies and educational performance. (pp. 89-109). New York: Academic Press.

Lawson, M. J. & Hogben, D. (1996). The vocabulary learning strategies of foreign language students. Language Learning, 46, 101 - 135.


Professor Lorraine Graham

The University of Melbourne

Lorraine Graham is Professor of Learning Intervention at the University of Melbourne. Past positions include Professor of Inclusion and Educational Psychology at the University of New England, Associate Director (student diversity) of the SiMERR National Research Centre and co-developer of the QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy Programs. 
She began as a primary school teacher in the 1980s and then continued her studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, where she worked with Professor Bernice Wong and her colleagues. During this time she developed and implemented the 3H reading comprehension strategy and taught in elementary school and tertiary settings, focusing on cognitive and metacognitive interventions for students with literacy learning disabilities.

On returning to Australia in May 1994, she joined the inclusive education and psychology team at the University of New England. From 2001 onwards, she has been involved in the development and scaling up of the QuickSmart Numeracy and Literacy programs. Her work with Professor John Pegg on QuickSmart alone has impacted over 12,000 Australian students drawn from more than 1,000 schools across the country. 

Lorraine’s career is focused on school inclusion, literacy strategies, basic academic skill interventions in numeracy and literacy and, ultimately, the effective teaching of all students.


Ph.D., Instructional Psychology, Simon Fraser University, USA

M.A., Learning Disabilities, Simon Fraser University, CAN

GradDip.Ed., University of Southern Queensland, AUS

Dip.Ed., University of Southern Queensland, AUS

Honours and awards

Fellow, International Academy of Research into Learning Disabilities

Team Award for Excellence in Research, University of New England

Selected Publications

Graham, L., Bellert, A., Thomas, J., & Pegg, J. (2007). QuickSmart: A basic skills intervention for middle school students with learning difficulties. Journal of Learning Disabilities40(5), 410-419.

Wong, B.Y.L., Graham, L., Hoskyn, M., & Berman, J. (2008). The ABCs of learning disabilities. San Diego: Elsevier. (281pp) ISBN 97801237255330

Graham, L., Paterson, D., & Stevens, R. (2007). An exceptional schooling outcomes project: Equity programs for junior secondary schools. Brisbane: Post Pressed. (92pp) ISBN 9781921214103


Doctor Charlotte Dignath-van Ewijk

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt


Psy.D., Educational Psychology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt, GER

Dip.Psy., Technical University Darmstadt, GER

Selected Publications

Dignath, C., Büttner, G. & Langfeldt, H.-P. (2008). How can primary school students acquire self-regulated learning most efficiently? A meta-analysis on interventions that aim at fostering self-regulation. Educational Research Review, 3, 101-129.

Dignath, C. & Büttner, G. (2008). Components of fostering self-regulated learning among students. A meta-analysis on intervention studies at primary and secondary school level. Metacognition & Learning, 3, 231-264.

Perels, F., Dignath, C. & Schmitz, B. (2009). Is it possible to improve mathematical achievement by means of self-regulation strategies? Evaluation of an intervention in regular math classes. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 24, 17-32.


Professor Michelene Chi

Arizona State University

Michelene T.H. Chi is a cognitive and learning science researcher interested in active learning, defined as ways in which students engage with the learning materials. She has developed a framework for active learning called ICAP that differentiates students' overt engagement activities into four kinds: collaborative/Interactive, generative/Constructive, manipulative/Active, and attentive/Passive, and predicts that I>C>A>P. Professor Chi is also interested in instructional videos for online learning and proposes that videos of tutorial dialogues are more effective for student learning than didactic monologue videos. Her research centers on students' learning of concepts in STEM domains focusing on "emergent" concepts for which students hold robust misconceptions.

Professor Chi is the director of the Learning and Cognition Lab at ASU. One of her research projects involves devising and implementing a professional development module for teachers to create lesson activities that promote greater and deeper learning and facilitate certain modes of engagement behaviors in students. The framework that her team provides is based on previous empirical work that demonstrates the success of designing activities that foster types of engagement that they identify. The goal is to implement these modules remotely so that teachers design activities within their lesson plans tailored to specific disciplines such as courses in science.


Ph.D., Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

B.Sc., Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

Honours and awards

Fellow and Scholar (all elected or invited)

1977-1982 Spencer Fellowship, awarded by the National Academy of Education, for promising research and professional development contributing to the theory and practice of education.

1986 Fellow, Division 7, APA.

1992 Fellow, Association for Psychological Science.

1996 – 1997 Resident Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA .

2002-2005 Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

2003 One of the 7 inaugural Fellows, Cognitive Science Society.

2013 Fellow, AERA.

2010 Fellow, National Academy of Education.

2016 Education Research Knowledge Forum Scholar, one of 32 scholars selected by a crowdsourcing method to engage with policy leaders in a forum about educational research; initiated on AERA Centennial’ year.

2016 Fellow, Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Awards and Recognition

1982 Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, presented by Division 7 of APA, for distinguished theoretical contribution and programmatic research efforts in the field of developmental psychology.

2006 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, Senior Category, for “innovative research of landmark impact in several research areas”, University of Pittsburgh.

2010 Elected to the National Academy of Education.

2013 Faculty Achievement Award, for excellence in defining edge research/creative activities, Professional Application, ASU.

2013 Sylvia Scribner Award, AERA, Division 3. The award recognizes a program of work that has significantly influenced thinking and research in the field of learning and instruction.

2014 Wickenden Award, from the American Society for Engineering Education, for a paper that shows "the highest standards of scholarly research in engineering education published in the Journal of Engineering Education” in 2013.

2014 MLF Teachers College Outstanding Research Achievement with Impact Award.

2015 Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching.

2015 Edward Lee Thorndike Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education, American Psychological Association, in recognition for original, scientific, and empirically-based research that contributes significantly to knowledge, theory, or practice in educational psychology.

2016 The Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. It is designed to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best.

2016 White House Meeting as a Knowledge Forum Scholar. February.

Selected Publications

Chi, M. T. H., Feltovich, P., & Glaser, R. (1981). Categorization and representation of physics problems by experts and novices.Cognitive Science, 5121-152. 

Chi, M. T. H. (1997). Quantifying qualitative analyses of verbal data: A practical guide. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 6(3), 271-315.

Chi, M. T. H.  (1978). Knowledge structures and memory development. In R. Siegler (Ed.), Children's Thinking: What Develops? (pp. 73-96). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Reprinted in: (1993) Worlds of Childhood Reader, Wozniak R (ed.), 232-239.


Doctor Penny Van Deur

Flinders University of South Australia

Penny Van Deur is a lecturer in teacher education in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. She is a member of the Flinders Centers: Sciences of Learning in Education, Student Wellbeing and the Prevention of Violence, and the Mindfulness Special Interest Research Group. Her research interests relate to students’ knowledge of self-directed learning. She has carried out projects to develop and assess self-directed learners in primary and middle schools and has collected the perspectives of teachers and students about what works to develop self-directed learning and why. She has also worked on collaborative research projects that have fostered the development of self-directed and active learners in secondary schools; collected teachers’ and pre-service teachers’ beliefs about learning and teaching; as well as investigating the implementation of wellbeing programs in schools, and the influence on students’ learning of the International Baccalaureate approach. She has completed research commissioned by the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide resources for educators to support critical reflection and inquiry on the IB Learner profile.

She has an interest in inquiry and has researched students’ knowledge of problem solving. Penny had a long career teaching in primary schools before taking up teaching and research at Flinders University.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology
M.A., Educational Psychology
M.Ed., Gifted Education

Selected publications

Van Deur, P. (2019). Students’ views of problems and problem solving. In J. Orrell & H. Askell-Williams (Eds.) Problem Solving for teaching and learning: A festschrift in honour of Emeritus professor Mike Lawson. Routledge, Melbourne, Victoria.

Van Deur, P. (2019). Using an assessment to chart primary students’ self-directed learning knowledge. In C. S. Keator (Ed.) Self-Directed Learning (SDL): Strategies, Technologies and Challenges.  Nova Science Pub Inc. (in publication)

Lawson, M., Vosniadou, S., Van Deur, P., Wyra, M. & Jeffries, D. (2018). Teachers’ and Students’ Belief Systems About the Self-Regulation of Learning.  Educational Psychology Review. 31(1), 223.

Van Deur, P. (2018). Managing Self-Directed Learning in Primary School Education: Emerging Research and Opportunities. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Van Deur, P. (2015). Students’ strategies for planning and reflecting on the process of carrying out the IB Personal Project. In H. Askell-Williams (Ed.) Transforming the future of learning with educational research. IGI Global, Hershey, PA.

Askell-Williams, H, Slee, P. T. & Van Deur, P (2013). Social and emotional well-being programmes: The nexus between sustainability and quality assurance. The Psychology of Education Review. 37(2), 48-56.

Doctor Mirella Wyra

Flinders University of South Australia

Mirella Wyra is a senior lecturer in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. Her research interests include cognitive psychology and educational practice, curriculum and pedagogy, linguistics and evaluating quality in teachers’ and learners’ knowledge. Mirella teaches and coordinates undergraduate and graduate level topics in languages education, cognitive psychology and educational practice and ICT in languages education.


B.Ed. (Languages) (Honours)

Honours and awards

2013/2018, Mace Bearer, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University.
2012, Early Career Training School Fellowship.

Doctor Igusti Darmawan

The University of Adelaide

Dr I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan is a Senior Lecturer and the Associate Head (International) within the School of Education at the University of Adelaide. His research interests are wide and varied. From a strong initial interest in ICT and Science Education, he has extended his field of inquiry in these areas to cross-national and comparative perspectives, and consequently developing a strong interest in educational research methodology and measurement.


Ph.D., Flinders University, AUS
M.Sc., Information Resources Management, Syracuse University, USA
GradCert.Ed., Higher Education, The University of Adelaide, AUS
B.Eng., Civil Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Honours and awards

2011, Dean of Education Excellence Award. Awarded for excellence in building international research partnerships.
2003, Occupational and Research in Education Training Fellowship, Flinders University.


Mr David Jeffries

Research Officer

Flinders University of South Australia

David Jeffries is Research Officer and Research Assistant in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. He has previously worked as a high school Mathematics and Physics teacher in rural public schools in South Australia and England. David has taught, lectured and presented workshops in the 3rdYear Undergraduate Education topic “Numeracy and ICT across the Curriculum”. His research interests are teaching and learning in science and mathematics, cognitive psychology, large scale assessment, structural equation modelling and multilevel modelling. David’s PhD study is focussed on student and school factors that influence STEM subject choice in year 12.


B.Ed. (Honours), Flinders University of South Australia, AUS

B.Ed./B.Sc., (Secondary), Flinders University of South Australia, AUS

Selected publications

Jeffries, D., Curtis, D. D. & Conner, L. N. (2019). Student factors influencing STEM subject choice in Year 12: A structural equation model using PISA/LSAY data. International Journal of Science and Mathematics EducationAdvance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10763-019-09972-5

Jeffries, D., & Aldous, C. R. (2016). Recognising intimation: An affective reality in the act of creation. In J. Orrell & D. Curtis (Eds.), Publishing higher degree research: Making the transition from student to researcher. Rotterdam, Netherlands: SENSE Publishers.


Dr Emily White

Research Officer

The University of Melbourne

Emily White is a research fellow and sessional lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as a teacher practitioner with over fifteen years of experience in disability-specific and inclusive education. She lectures on the use of data, learning progressions, and technology to support targeted teaching and learning for students with disability or additional learning needs. Her research interests include understanding, mapping, and supporting learning for students with disability, particularly vision impairment, pedagogical practices, and inclusive assessment. Her PhD study investigated the development and validation of measures for the assessment and teaching of digital literacy for students with disability.


Ph.D., Education, The University of Melbourne, AUS

M., Special Education (Sensory Disabilities), University of Newcastle, AUS

M., Teaching, University of Virginia, USA

B.S., Health and Physical Education, University of Virginia, USA

Selected Publications

White, E. (2014). A critical review of Lieberman, L. J., Haibach, P., and Schedlin, H. (2012). Physical education and children with CHARGE syndrome: Research to practice. Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, 7(1), 15-17.

White, E. H., Woods, K., & Poed, S. (July, 2017). The assessment and development of digital literacy in students with vision impairment and additional learning needs: Preliminary findings from a current PhD study. Proceedings from the 9th International Council on the Education of People with Vision Impairment European Conference, Bruges, Belgium.


Dr Masa Pavlovic

The University of Melbourne


Ph.D., The University of Melbourne, AUS

M.Sc., Curtin University of Technology, AUS