Marina Milner-Bolotin

Science educator and teacher educator, science book writer, science education researcher, Associate Professor in Science Education the University of British Columbia (UBC)

Vancouver (Canada)

From February 19 to March 2, 2019

Biography —


Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin studies how technology can promote student engagement in science and enhance science teacher education. She earned her M.Sc. in theoretical physics at Kharkov National University, Ukraine in 1991 and completed her Ph.D. in science education at the University of Texas, in Austin in 2001. For the last 25 years, she has been teaching and researching science education in Israel, US, and Canada at K-12 and post-secondary levels. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored an introductory physics textbook for scientists and engineers used by thousands of undergraduates. She also has conducted more than 100 professional development workshops for science teachers internationally: in Canada, USA, China, Israel, Hungary, Denmark, Spain, and Germany. She has served in leadership roles on a number of international science education organizations and Editorial Boards: American Association of Physics Teachers, LUMAT Education Research Board, Frontiers in STEM Education.

Project —

This project will examine the research literature that sheds light on the innovative technology-enhanced pedagogical practices of European mathematics and science teacher educators. Comparing the practices used by European and North American teacher educators and noticing commonalities and differences will allow us to get new perspectives and exchange ideas. In addition, examining relevant research will show how educational researchers in Europe and North American approach similar (or different) challenges of mathematics and science teacher education. We have a lot to learn from each other, especially in the field of pedagogical innovations in mathematics and science teacher education.