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Name Katerina Plakitsi
Affiliation Professor
Discipline Science Education during Early Childhood
Tel./Fax 00302651005771/5842
Web site http://users.uoi.gr/kplakits
e-mail: kplakits@cc.uoi.gr; kplakits@gmail.com
Office: 2nd floor, Science Education Lab Room
Academic – Researching Interests
  • Scientific Concepts
  • Learning and Teaching Science in/for early childhood
  • Socio-cultural approaches to STEM Education
  • Science – Technology – Society – Environment
  • Cultural Historical Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education
Education
2001 PhD
Department of Primary Education, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Title of PhD thesis: "Primary pupils. conceptions of time and the understanding of scientific concepts. An interdisciplinary teaching approach”
1997 M.A.
Science Education in the sector of Science, Technology and Environment, School of Education, Department of Primary Education, The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
 1986 Degree in Pedagogical Academy of Florina
 1983 Degree in Physics, School of Sciences, University of Patras
Work experience
2013 – now: Associate Professor of Science Education
Dept. of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Ioannina.
2011 Permanent Assistant Professor of Science Education
Dept. of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Ioannina.
2008 Assistant Professor of Science Education
Dept. of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Ioannina.
2003 - 2008 Lecturer of Science Education
Dept. of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Ioannina.
1985 - 2003 Teacher in public or private sector
1983 - 1985 Physicist in private sector
 Distinctions
2016External Evaluator of the FP7 – INSTEM project (http://instem.tibs.at/).
2016Organizer and President of the International Conference on Sustainability connected to the ERASMUS+ EPOQUE project.
2016Co-organizer and co-president of the ISCAR regional event on cultural historical activity theory and socio-cultural research in the times of crisis (http://www.iscar.info/announcement-for-conference-at-crete-in-june-2016/). Collaboration with Anna Stetsenko CUNY Graduate Center.
2015Invited Keynote Speaker during the IOSTE 2015 Eurasia Regional Symposium & Brokerage Event Horizon 2020
(http://www.ioste2015.org/).  
2015`Coordinator of the joint European master’s course on Sustainability with the Universities of Ioannina, Helsinki, Naples, Hellenic Open University and the BEST and PiM Institutions.
2015Coordinator of the Science and Sustainability Fest, recruiting 67 Greek institutions as exhibitors and over 1000 Ioannina citizens.
2014-2016Coordinator of the ERASMUS+, KA2-Strategic Partnership for Higher Education, EPOQUE project (highest evaluation score) (http://www.epoque-project.eu/language/el/).   
2014-2016National Coordinator of the ERASMUS+, KA2-Strategic Partmership for School Education, @MINDSET project (http://bdfprojects.wix.com/mindset).
2015Organizer/chair of two Symposia during ESERA 2015 at Helsinki University.
2015Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki.
2014Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki.
2014Organizer of a Symposium during the Nordic Conference on Science Education with Prof. Norman Lederman (University of Illinois, Institute of Technology). 
2014National Head of the ERASMUS Intensive Program “Managing Social Relations in Schools”, in Kalmar, Sweden, in collaboration with the Linnaeus University.
2014Organizer of a Symposium during the ISCAR International Conference in Sydney Australia, in collaboration with Prof. Sylvie Barma, Laval University, Canada (www.iscar.org).
2013Organizer/chair of two Symposia during ESERA 2013 at the University of Cyprus.
2013Organizer of the Greek team participation to CALLIOPE project (http://calliope-project.org/) for Adult Learning.
2012Founding member of the initiative concerning a proposal submission for creating a special section in I.S.C.A.R. international community entitled: Sociocultural approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical Education (ISCAR-STEM) http://www.iscar.info/organisation/sections/thematic-sections/
2012Visiting Professor to St. Partick’s College (Dublin City University) Ireland, April 21-28 under the ERASMUS STAFF MOBILITY grant.
2011Discussant to the TRACES symposium during the European Science Education Research Association – ESERA 2011 Conference, Lyon, France.
2011Advisory Committee of the 2nd International and 6th Greek PhD School joint to the 11th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference (http://ihpst2011.eled.auth.gr/phdschool.htm), Thessaloniki.
2011Contract offer from Springer- International Publisher Science, Technology and Medicine for a new book.
Roth, W.M., Goulart, M.I.M., Plakitsi, K. (in preparation). Science Education during Preschool Years A Cultural-Historical Approach. SERIES TITLE: Cultural Studies of Science Education. Editor: Wolff Michael Roth (http://education2.uvic.ca/Faculty/mroth/).
2010Invitation from the editor in chief of the international journal Cultural Studies of Science Education, Ken Tobin, to write a review essay on Goulart and Roth’s article, in CSSE, 5(3): 577-590 (http://www.springerlink.com/content/1871-1502/5/3/). The first reviewer was Marilyn Fleer (Monash University-Australia). She is the President of the International Society of Cultural and Activity Research-ISCAR (http://en.new.myiscar.org/President_Letter___Welcome_to_the_new_ISCAR_webpage). This review essay made the editor of another journal, the World Journal of Education, to offer me a reviewer position to that journal.
2011Visiting Professor to Linnaeus University of Kalmar Sweden, from May 2-7 under the ERASMUS STAFF MOBILITY grant.
2010Introducer and co-ordinator of seven successful bilateral agreements between University of Ioannina, University of Naples-Italy, Linnaeus University-Kalmar-Sweden, St. Patrick’s College-Dublin-Ireland, University of Cyprus, University of Minho-Portugal, Eindhoven University of Technology-The Netherlands.
2011Introducer of Wolff Michael Roth as a doctor honoris causa. Conferral Ceremony: 2011-5-31.
2010Distinction as an “Example of best institution’s practices” from the National Agency concerning the co-ordination of the ERASMUS INTENSIVE PROGRAM “LIGHT” (State Scholarships Foundation-I.K.Y.) http://www.iky.gr/IKY/portal/gr/default/CMSGRWindow?action=2&uri=/gr/socrates/hmerides/hmer_eras.html The program is included, as a best practice example, into the final report of the Greek National Agency to the Commission.
Participation to the Central Agency info days in Bordeaux (2009) (http://www.europe-education-formation.fr/erasmus-intensif.php) and in Brussels (2010) http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/llp/events/infodays_2011/infoday_llp_2011_en.php
20102nd honorary distinction of the short movie “Day Out” made by the ERASMUS IP 2009-2010 LIGHT students. Directed/produced by Nick Apostolopoulos and Katerina Gerothanasis. Managing producer: Katerina Plakitsi. Thess(aloniki) International Short Film Festival (http://www.azafestival.com/anl_2010winners.html).
2010-2013PhD scholarship for my PhD student Charikleia Theodoraki in the context of the project Heraclitus II, which is co-financed by Greece and European Union.
-2012: Acceptance of my PhD students named Eleni Kolokouri and Charikleia Theodoraki to the 3rd ISCAR International Summer University in Moscow, July 2-8.
- 2011: Acceptance of my PhD student named Eftychia Nanni to the PhD Day on September 5 in Rome, Italy.
- Finally, Efthymis Stamoulis, has got a scholarship from the Greek National Agency for his PhD.
2009Invitation to a Symposium in ESERA 2009 Conference. Organizer: Michiel van Eijck. Participants: Justun Dillon, ESERA President (UK), Mattias Lundin (Sweden), Mariona Espinet (Spain), Katerina Plakitsi (Greece). Discussants:
Selected Publications
  1. Plakitsi, K. (2010). Collective curriculum design as a tool for rethinking scientific literacy. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 5:577–590. DOI 10.1007/s11422-010-9288-0
  2. Roth, W.-M., Goulart, M.I.M., Plakitsi, K. (2013). Science Education during Preschool Years. A Cultural-Historical Approach. SERIES: Cultural Studies of Science Education. Series editor: Kenneth Tobin, City University of New York, USA, and Catherine Milne, New York University. Authors from University of Victoria, Canada and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil and University of Ioannina, Greece. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  3. Plakitsi, K. (Ed.) (2013). Activity Theory in Formal and Informal Science Education. Series: Cultural perspectives in science education: research dialogs. Series editor: Kenneth Tobin, City University of New York, USA, and Catherine Milne, New York University. Editor and Co-authors: ATFISE group of the University of Ioannina (K. Plakitsi and PhD students) p. 252. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  4. Plakitsi, K. (2012) (Ed). Sociocognitve and sociocultural approaches in Science Education for early childhood. ISBN 978-960-16-3828-7. Athens: Patakis.
  5. Plakitsi, Κ., Spirtou, A., Papadopoulou, P., Kalogiannakis, M., Soulios, J., Kolios, N., Rizaki, Ai., Stamoulis, E., Zoupidis, T., Tsaparlis, G., (2011). New Greek Science Curriculum for Primary Education. Athens: Institute of Educational Policy – Ministry of Education.
  6. Kouloumparitsi, A., Plakitsi, K., Perraki, V., Klonari. Ai., Spirtou, A., Papadopoulou, P., Kalogiannakis, M., Soulios, J., Kolios, N., Rizaki, Ai., Stamoulis, E., Zoupidis Τ., Mandrikas, A., Melista, A., Tsaparlis, G., (2011). New Greek Environmental Science Curriculum for primary Education. Athens: Institute of Educational Policy – Ministry of Education.
  7. Plakitsi, K., Kassetas. A., Smirnaiou, Z., Develaki, M., Diakonou, M., Kanderakis, N., Fanidis, Ch., Taramopoulos, A., Papatsimpa, L., (2011). New Science Curriculum for Secondary Education: Physics. Athens: Institute of Educational Policy – Ministry of Education. 
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Schedule

ISCAR MEMBERS MEETING 

Thursday 31st August 2017

17:30—18:30

AGENDA

Welcome and open meeting (Malcolm)

1. Report of the Executive Committee on the activities of the Association (Malcolm & Martijn)

2. Financial report (Therese)

  • current financial situation up to but not including Congress

  • projection of possible Congress costs and effect on ISCAR finances

  • estimated budgets for the years up to and including the year of the next congress

3. Announcement of venue for next ISCAR Congress 2020 (Malcolm)

4. Announcement and introduction of new executive committee for 2017-2020 term (Malcolm)

5. Open space for members

6. Next Members’ Meeting (Malcolm)

Close of meeting

All delegates from the Australasian region are cordially invited to attend this meeting and discuss the next phase of activity for our region.
 
Chair: Nikolai Veresov (Australasian region representative at ISCAR Executive Committee)

AGENDA:
1. Report of ISCAR Australasian region activitiies (2014-2017). Disussion and potential for next three years
2. Explanation of the representation of the region on the incoming ISCAR executive
3. Selection of the next regional representative to serve on the executive committee.
4. Discussion of ISCAR membership and what it supports: building ISCAR membership in the region.
5.  General discussion. Plans for next meeting.
6. Any Other Business.
Close of meeting

Please attend the AGM/ISCAR Members’ Meeting on Thursday (5.30–6.30 in Room 2000B).
 
All delegates from the United States and Canada are cordially invited to attend this meeting and discuss the next phase of activity for our region.
 
Chair: Thérèse Laferrière (finishing as ISCAR Treasurer and C_US representative)
 
AGENDA
  1. Explanation of the representation of the C_US region on the incoming ISCAR executive (Thérèse Laferrière).
  2. Selection of the next United States – Canada regional representative to serve on the executive committee.
  3. Discussion of C_US activities (2014-2017) and potential for next three years: plans for next meeting.
  4. Discussion of ISCAR membership and what it supports: building C_US membership.
  5. General discussion and Any Other Business.
Close of meeting
 
Please attend the AGM/ISCAR Members’ Meeting on Thursday (5.30–6.30 in Room 2000B).
Todos los miembros de ISCAR de América Latina y El Caribe están cordialmente invitados a participar en esta reunión regional.
 
Coordina: Rebeca Mejía-Arauz (quien finaliza su período como representante de AL y EC)
 
AGENDA
  1. Breve informe de la actividad de la región en los últimos años (2014-2017).
  2. Explicación de la representación de la región de AL y EC en el siguiente Comité Ejecutivo de ISCAR (Rebeca Mejía-Arauz).
  3. Propuestas y votación para seleccionar al/a siguiente representante de la región de AM y EC en ISCAR y en el Comité Ejecutivo.
  4. Discusión of actividades de la región y actividad potencial para los siguientes 3 años.
  5. Comentarios acerca de la membresía en ISCAR y en lo que apoya. Importancia de mantener la membresía en ISCAR.
  6. Otras ideas, sugerencias y recomendaciones.
 
Cierre de la sesión
 
Por favor asistan a la asamblea general de miembros de ISCAR que se llevará a cabo el jueves 31 de 5.30–6.30 en el salón 2000B. 
All delegates from Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic countries are cordially invited to attend this meeting and discuss the next phase of activity for our region.
 
Chair: Mariane Hedegaard (finishing as representative for the Nordic countries)
 
AGENDA
  1. Explanation of the representation of the region on the incoming ISCAR executive .
  2. Selection of the next regional representative to serve on the executive committee.
  3. Discussion of activities (2014-2017) and potential for next three years: plans for next meeting.
  4. Discussion of ISCAR membership and what it supports.
  5. General discussion and Any Other Business.
Close of meeting
 
Please attend the AGM/ISCAR Members’ Meeting on Thursday (5.30–6.30 in Room 2000B). ​
 
Message from Out-going Coordinator for ISCAR Africa Region
 
Dear colleagues. Apologies for my inability to be in Quebec and at the congress. I thank you all for the supported rendered in our effort to create a vibrant ISCAR platform in the Africa. Though we could not do much, in terms of creating activities, I wish you a fruitful gathering and hope you will have insightful deliberations on how to make our regional platform much more viable.
Mohammed-Aminu Sanda
University of Ghana
Out-going Coordinator for ISCAR Africa Region
 

Issues for Discussion at Africa Regional Meeting

1. Incoming Regional Coordinator for ISCAR Africa RegionAssociate Professor Joanne Hardman of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, has agreed to represent the region as the new coordinator for the Africa Region, and Representative on the New ISCAR Exco. Prof. Hardman is founding member of ISCAR Africa Region

Prof. Joanne Hardman
University of Cape Town, South Africa
E-mail: Joanne.Hardman@uct.ac.za
Telephone: (021) 650 3920
Fax: (021) 650 3489
 
Interests: Sociocultural and Activity theory; Learning and cognition; developmental psychology; mediation of scientific concepts at a foundation phase; ICT's as pedagogical tools.

2. Proposition to host ISCAR Conference in 2023 
Proposal has been sent for the new ISCAR Exco to consider Africa hosting the Congress after Brazil in 2013. The proposed host is University of Cape Town.

Please attend the AGM/ISCAR Members’ Meeting on Thursday (5.30–6.30 in Room 2000B).
All delegates from the UK and Ireland are cordially invited to attend this meeting and discuss the next phase of activity for our region.
 
Chair: Malcolm Reed (finishing as ISCAR President and UK&I representative)
 
AGENDA
  1. Explanation of the representation of the UK and Ireland region on the incoming ISCAR executive (Malcolm Reed).
  2. Selection of the next UK&I regional representative to serve on the executive committee.
  3. Discussion of UK&I activities (2014-2017) and potential for next three years: plans for next meeting.
  4. Discussion of ISCAR membership and what it supports: building UK&I membership.
  5. General discussion and Any Other Business.
Close of meeting
 
Please attend the AGM/ISCAR Members’ Meeting on Thursday (5.30–6.30 in Room 2000B). ​
 
The announcement of the Anthropocene – the current epoch of geological time – in which the impact of human activity on the planet represents one of the most significant intellectual challenges of our time (Angus, 2016; Moore, 2016; Bellamy Foster, 2016; Wark, 2015). The increasingly acute human impact on the planet, alongside new technologies that have blurred the boundaries between human and non-human, have inspired a new body of research across the social sciences. The proposed symposium seeks to situate Activity Theory (AT) in the context of this scholarship.

AT’s focus on human activity speaks uniquely to this body of thought. Specifically, AT’s turn to material social activity situates this tradition in close proximity to the ‘material turn’ in contemporary philosophy. The material turn refers to recent theoretical trends that depart from poststructuralism while building on its critiques of Enlightenment conceptions of the human (Braidotti, 2013; Barad, 2007). It is comprised of a broad range of theoretical currents, including new materialism (Dolphijn, 2012; Barad, 2012, 2003), actor-network theory (Latour, 2005, 1995, 1992), and postphenomenology (Rosenberger, 2015; Ihde, 2010; Verbeek, 2005), among others.

Similar to these approaches, AT also signals a turn to matter. However, it offers a different type of materialism – one that grasps the materiality of human activity as a “special reality” (Ilyenkov, 2012). This symposium is timely because it situates AT in dialogue with these new directions in philosophy, and offers a fresh perspective on “how matter comes to matter” (Barad, 2007).
 
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