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Professor of Science Education         
     
 
Zacharias C. Zacharia is a Professor of Science Education and director of the Research in Science and Technology Education Group at the University of Cyprus. He completed a B.A. in Education at the University of Cyprus (Cyprus), a B.A. in Physics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick (USA), and his graduate studies (M.A., M.Sc., M.Phil and PhD) in Science Education at Columbia University, New York (USA). He was the (co-) coordinator of several research projects concerning computer supported, inquiry-based learning that received continuous financial support over the years from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and the European Commission. His research interests include among others the design and development of computer supported learning environments in science, the development and assessment of science curriculum, and the training of teachers for designing and implementing technology enhanced science teaching materials. Zacharias Zacharia has received several awards in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and excellence, and has published many papers in major ISI journals (e.g., Science, Cognition and Instruction, Learning and Instruction, Journal of Research in Science Teaching). He was an associate editor for the past six years for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is also a reviewer for several major ISI journals.         
 
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Specialist Teaching Fellow of Science Education 
  
 
Marios Papaevripidou is a Specialist Teaching Fellow of Science Education at the University of Cyprus and Senior Researcher of the Research in Science and Technology Education Group at the University of Cyprus. He completed a B.A in Education, an M.A in Learning in Natural Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Learning in Natural Sciences at the University of Cyprus. His research interests entail the use of modeling as both a learning tool and an instructional approach in science teaching and learning, and also the design and research validation of computer-supported curriculum materials to foster teachers' professional development in modeling-centered scientific inquiry. He participated in several research projects that focused on enhancing students' competence in science through modeling- and inquiry-based activities and preparing teachers to enact science teaching through modeling-centered scientific inquiry with the use of technology. 
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Tasos Hovardas
Researcher
 
 
Tasos Hovardas (male) is a Senior Research Associate of the Research in Science and Technology Education Group at the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus. He completed a B.A in Biology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He specializes in inquiry learning and evaluating the development of conceptual understanding, reasoning and scientific method skills. He has a strong background in environmental education, psychometrics, quantitative and qualitative social research methods, and educational assessment. He currently acts as an Associate Editor for "Society and Natural Resources". He has published many journal articles and book chapters and he has reviewed manuscripts for several ISI journals. Tasos Hovardas has a broad experience in research projects on computer supported inquiry learning, modelling, science curriculum development and evaluation, and teacher training.
 
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Nikoletta Xenofontos
Ph.D.
Researcher
 
 
Nikoletta Xenofontos completed a B.A. in Education, M.A. and PhD in Learning in Natural Sciences, at University of Cyprus. Her research interests focus on enhancing students’ conceptual understanding and acquisition of inquiry skills through the use of computer-supported inquiry-based learning. Specifically, she investigates the impact of several software scaffolds, embedded in computer supported inquiry learning environments involving virtual experimentation. From 2008-2017 she was involved as a teaching assistant at the University of Cyprus and she participated in national and EU Funded projects (e.g. SCY project, Go-Lab project). She is currently involved in the EU funded Next-Lab project. 
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Maria Irakleous
Ph.D. Student in Learning in Natural Sciences
 
 
 Maria Irakleous holds a Bachelor's degree in Primary Education (University of Cyprus, 2013) and a Master's degree in Learning in Natural Sciences (University of Cyprus, 2016). She is a PhD student in Learning in Natural Sciences (University of Cyprus). Her research interests revolve around teachers' professional development in inquiry-based teaching and curriculum material design to foster teachers' professional development in inquiry-based learning. She works as a Research Assistant in the European research project "Ark of Inquiry".
 
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Υvoni Pavlou
Ph.D student in Learning in Natural Sciences
 
 
Yvoni Pavlou is a Ph.D. student in "Learning in Natural Sciences" of the University of Cyprus. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Education (University of Cyprus, 2015) and a M.A. degree in "Learning in Natural Sciences" (University of Cyprus, 2017). Her research interests concern teachers' professional development and the training of teachers for designing and implementing science lessons concerning inquiry-based learning. 
She has been working as a teaching and research assistant in the "Research in Science and Technology Education Group" (ReSciTEG) at the University of Cyprus since 2015. She was previously involved in the Erasmus+ projects "Schools Study Earthquakes (SSE)"  and "PLATON" and she is currently involved in the Erasmus+ funded project "School Networks Alert Citizens protection project (SNAC)". Her instructional duties include the preparation and instruction of laboratory courses for undergraduate students as part of their enrollment in the course EDU 336: Teaching of Natural Sciences. 
Past Members

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Adjunct Research Fellow

 

 

 Past member
Anna Fiakkou
Master Student in Learning in Natural Sciences
Anna Fiakkou holds a Bachelor's degree in Education (University of Cyprus, 2013) and a M.A. degree in "Learning in Natural Sciences" (University of Cyprus, 2016). She was involved in the EU funded project "Go-Lab". Her instructional duties included the preparation and instruction of laboratory courses for undergraduate students as part of their enrollment in the course EDU 336: Teaching of Natural Sciences.
 

Eleftheria Panteli

Master Student in Learning in Natural Sciences

 
 
Eleftheria holds a Bachelor's degree in Education (University of Cyprus, 2016) and a M.A. degree in "Learning in Natural Sciences" (University of Cyprus, 2019). She was involved in the Erasmus+ funded project "PLATON". Her instructional duties included the preparation and instruction of laboratory courses for undergraduate students as part of their enrollment in the course EDU 336: Teaching of Natural Sciences.