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Loucas Louca
Associate Professor, Science Education
L.Louca@euc.ac.cy
22713022
School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department of Education Sciences
Academic Qualifications
Qualification Year Awarding Institution Department
Ph.D., Science Education 2004 University of Maryland, College Park, USA Department of Curriculum and Instruction
M.Sc., Biology 2004 College of Life Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
M.Ed., Science Education 2000 University of Maryland, College Park, USA Department of Curriculum and Instruction
B.A. in Science Education 1999 University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus Department of Educational Sciences
Employment History
Period of employment Employer Location Position
From To
2014 present European University Cyprus Cyprus Associate Professor of Science Education, Department of Education Sciences
2007 2014 European University Cyprus Cyprus Assistant Professor of Science Education, Department of Education Sciences
2005 2007 Intercollege Cyprus Part-time Lecturer, Department of Education
2004 2007 University of Cyprus Cyprus Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Education Sciences
Publications
Year Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference Vol. Pages
2004 “Epistemological resources: Applying a new epistemological framework to science instruction” Elby, A., Hammer, D., Kagey, T. Educational Psychologist 39(1) 57-68
2008 “The use of computer-based programming environments as computer modeling tools in early science education: the cases of textual and graphical program languages” Zacharia, C. Z. International Journal of Science Education 30 (3) 1-37
2010 “A study of pre-service elementary teachers’ views about the Nature of Science” [In Greek, Μελέτη των απόψεων προπτυχιακών εκπαιδευτικών δημοτικής εκπαίδευσης για τα χαρακτηριστικά και τη φύση της Επιστήμης] Tzialli, D., Zacharia, C. Z. The Journal of Teaching in Science Education: Research and Praxis [In Greek, Διδασκαλία των Φυσικών Επιστημών: Έρευνα και Πράξη] 34-35, 58-68
2011 “Objects, entities, behaviors and interactions: A typology of student-constructed computer-based models of physical phenomena” Zacharia, Z., Michael, M., Constantinou, P. C. Journal of Educational Computing Research 44(2) 173-201
2011 “In Quest of Productive Modeling-Based Learning Discourse in Elementary School Science” Zacharia, C. Z., Constantinou, P. C. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 48(8) 919-951
2012 “Identification, Interpretation – Evaluation, Response: A framework for analyzing classroom-based teacher discourse in science” Tzialli, D., Zacharia, Z. International Journal of Science Education 34(12) 1823-1856
2012 “Modeling-based Learning in Science Education: A Review” Zacharia, C. Z. Educational Review 64(1) 471-492
2013 “Developing teaching responsiveness to children inquiry in science: A case study of professional development for pre-school teachers” Tzialli, D., Skoulia, T., Constantinou, C. P. Journal of Nordic Studies in Science Education 9(1) 66-81
2015 “Learning through Modeling in K-6 Science Education: Re-Visiting the Modeling-Based Learning Cycle” Zacharia, C. Z. Journal of Science Education and Technology 24(2) 192-215
2015 “‘The exchange of ideas was mutual, I have to say’: negotiating researcher and teacher ‘roles’ in an early years educators’ professional development program on inquiry-based mathematics and science learning” Philippou, S., Papademetri, C. Professional Development in Education [Special Issue ‘The Professional Development of Early Years Educators’, Jane Waters and Jane Payler as Guest Editors] 41(2) 382-400
2018  Professional development for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching and Learning. ESERA Science Education Research Series. Tsivitanidou, O. E., Gray, P., Rybska, E., & Constantinou, C.P. Springer
Exhibitions
Research Projects
  • Date Title Funded by Project Role*
    Sept. 2017-prensent Instilling Interest in STEM Entrepreneurship to European Students (STEMitUP) ERASMUS+ project (#Erasmus+ 2017-1-NO01-KA201-034201) Researcher/Partner
    Sept. 2017-August 2018 Center for STEAM Education Research, Science Communication and Innovation, (CSCR) H2020- Research and Innovation Program, Teaming Phase 1 (#WIDESPREAD-04-2017/763594) Researcher/Partner
    Oct. 2016 – present Heads Using Professional Learning Communities (HeadsUP) ERASMUS+ project (#Erasmus+ VG-IN-BW-16-35-022992) Researcher/Partner
    Sept. 2014 – Aug. 2017 STEM Teacher training innovation for Gender balance (STING) ERASMUS+ project (#Erasmus+ 2014-1-ES01-KA201-003688) Researcher/Partner
    Sept. 2011 – Aug. 2014 Developing Early Science and Mathematics Literacy Cyprus Research Foundation: ΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΣΤΙΚΕΣ/ΠΑΙΔΙ/0609(ΒΕ)/4 Researcher/Partner
    May 2009 – Apr. 2011 Science-Teacher Education Advanced Methods (S-TEAM). A coordination and support action under FP7, SiS 2008, action 2.2.1.1: Innovative Methods in Science Education, Grant Agreement Number SIS-CT-2009-234870 Researcher/Partner
    Oct. 2007 – Aug. 2008 The development of a research methodology for analyzing videotaped science lessons for supporting the professional development of pre-service and in-service science teachers of Cyprus Research Project funded by the Cyprus Research Foundation, ΕΝΙΣΧ/0505/44 Individual Researcher/Partner
    Jul. 2006 – Oct. 2007 The development of a research methodology for analyzing videotaped science lessons for supporting the professional development of pre-service and in-service science teachers of Cyprus Research Project funded by the Cyprus Research Foundation, Award # ΕΝΙΣΧ/0505/44 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Jul. 2004 – Jun. 2006 Documenting the use of computer-based programming tools for developing models of physical and biological phenomena by fifth grade students Cyprus Research Foundation, Award# ΕΝΙΣΧ/0603/09 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Dec 2018-July 2021 Researcher/Partner, Gender Awareness and gender Balance in STEM Education (EMERGENT), ERASMUS+ project (#Erasmus 2018-1-ES01-KA201-050770) Researcher/Partner
Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees
Period Organization Title of Position or Service
2017-2018 Kornesios Elementary School Year-long school-based professional development
Sep 2016 – present European University Cyprus Director, The Inquiry in Science and Math Education Research Group, Department of Education Sciences
2016-2018 Science Education, pre-school level School-based Professional Development
Sep. 2014-Aug 2016 European University Cyprus Chair, Department of Education Sciences
Jan. 2008 – Aug 2016 European University Cyprus Director, The Research and Learning Laboratory in Science, Mathematics & Social Studies Education, Department of Education Sciences
Awards/International Recognition
Date Title Awarded by:
2011 International Travel Award, AERA International Relations Committee American Education Research Association, USA
2003 Jacob K. Goldhaber Grant Research and Graduate School, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
2002 – 2004 Two-year EDCI Promising Research Fellowship Award Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
1999 – 2003 Three-year Educational Grand A.G. Leventis Foundation, France
2000 – 2001 Williamy Simonds King Memorial Scholarship College of Education, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
1999 Presidential Award for the undergraduate student with the best academic performance at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
1999 First Prize Award for excellent performance as a student at the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
1996 – 1999 Three year fellowship Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Other Achievements