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Miss Popi Anastasiou

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  • Research Student
  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • LTIA
  • Institute of Educational Technology
  • popi.anastasiou

Professional biography

I am currenty a third-year PhD Candidate in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. My PhD research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is entitled: ‘Digital storytelling in science learning: a tale of the States of Matter'. My supervisory team consists of Dr. Anne Adams, Dr. Liz Chamberlain, Dr. Natalia Kucirkova and Prof. Nick Braithwaite. In my PhD thesis I explore how the use of events' sequencing in digital storytelling can facilitate pupils’ understanding of specific troublesome science topics such as that of the States of Matter, and thus impact upon teaching practice.

The purpose of this study is to explore how the use of digital storytelling in STEM learning can facilitate pupils’ understanding of particular troublesome concepts such as that of the States of Matter, and thus impact upon teaching practice. In doing so, a combination of quantitative with qualitative methods is employed.

My research experience includes two Masters Degrees, the MRes in Education and Social Sciences from King's College London (2008) and the MSc in Digital Education from the University of Edinburgh (2015), while i have conducted a series of both qualitative and quantitative studies, among which included was research on environmental education, ICT in primary education, cognitive development; science education. During my MSc Digital Education, at the University of Edinburgh, I practiced with game-based learning activities, online course design, information literacy procedures and research methods design. In addtion, I have worked as a research assistant in the European Project IRIS (Interests and Recruitment in Science Education (2009) at King's College London.

Extensive research training is also being taken since the first year of the PhD that includes attending a series of doctoral workshops, events, the Leverhulme sessions, the CARLG sessions and events and by participating in various competitions and conferences. I have also reviewed papers for well-known conferences such as JURE and ESERA. I also do reviews for numerous journals such as JIME (Journal of Interactive Media in Education) and JCAL (Journal of Computer Assisted Learning).




Research interests

My research interests mainly consider e-learning, ICT in education in parallel with primary children's cognitive development and understanding. I am also interested in qualitative methods, such as interviews and focus groups, intervention, case studies and quantitative methods, including learning analytics, SPSS and content analysis.




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