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Georgiou, Helen Dr.

Lecturer, Science Education

  • Associate Member - LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building 2017 - 2020
  • Honorary Lecturer - School of Physics, The University of Sydney 2016 - 2019
  • Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Impact (CHERII), Faculty of Social Sciences Research Group 2018 - 2019

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Research Overview


  • Dr Helen Georgiou is a lecturer in science education and former high school physics teacher. Helen’s research focuses on how to describe and develop student understanding in science, particularly in areas which consistently cause problems for students. Her PhD, from The University of Sydney, looked at student understanding of thermodynamics and is entitled ‘Doing Positive Work: on student understanding of thermodynamics’. A unique element of Helen’s current research involves drawing from an epistemological framework known as Legitimation Code Theory to explore the nature of scientific knowledge in various educational contexts. This approach is able to make certain knowledge claims and practices more explicit, reducing the risk of misunderstanding and disengagement in science. Other research interests include diagnosing misconceptions, assessing new instructional techniques, and analysing student explanations. She also has an interest in female representation in science (particularly physics) and professional learning through peer observation (in higher education).

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Understanding Blended Learning: Investigating a Sustainable Framework for Blended Learning from the Perspective of a Small Island Nation Ali, Ramiz
    Doctor of Philosophy Multimodal Literacy and English for Special Purposes: Using Video Compositions as a Language Learning Tool in the University Setting Hellwig, Anne
    Doctor of Education Technology Across Subject Areas: Investigating Implementation of Effective Innovative Digital Pedagogies Sirianni, Frank

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dr Helen Georgiou is a lecturer in science education and former high school physics teacher. Helen’s research focuses on how to describe and develop student understanding in science, particularly in areas which consistently cause problems for students. Her PhD, from The University of Sydney, looked at student understanding of thermodynamics and is entitled ‘Doing Positive Work: on student understanding of thermodynamics’. A unique element of Helen’s current research involves drawing from an epistemological framework known as Legitimation Code Theory to explore the nature of scientific knowledge in various educational contexts. This approach is able to make certain knowledge claims and practices more explicit, reducing the risk of misunderstanding and disengagement in science. Other research interests include diagnosing misconceptions, assessing new instructional techniques, and analysing student explanations. She also has an interest in female representation in science (particularly physics) and professional learning through peer observation (in higher education).

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Understanding Blended Learning: Investigating a Sustainable Framework for Blended Learning from the Perspective of a Small Island Nation Ali, Ramiz
    Doctor of Philosophy Multimodal Literacy and English for Special Purposes: Using Video Compositions as a Language Learning Tool in the University Setting Hellwig, Anne
    Doctor of Education Technology Across Subject Areas: Investigating Implementation of Effective Innovative Digital Pedagogies Sirianni, Frank
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