The primary focus of my research is student development of abstract concepts and learning progression in chemistry education in the digital era.
As our future chemists are to be found in the classrooms of today and tomorrow, it is important to learn how pupil’s motive for and understanding of chemistry evolves, so that new approaches to the teaching of this subject can be developed to facilitate their progression and to better capture and sustain students’ interest in chemistry and build positive subject identities.
My research spans from childrens’ emerging science in the preschool environment and primary school environments, to the introduction and establishment of often highly abstract concepts at the compulsory and senior high school levels and during university studies. The better understanding of these processes derived from this research is being used to inform practice, through influencing the development of better teaching methodology. The research program is being run in collaboration with an established constellation of national and international collaborators.