Dr Nikolaos Fotou

Education

Lecturer

Maynooth University School of Education
Second
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(01) 474 7203

Biography

Nikolaos Fotou is a lecturer in science education. He has studied Physics at the University of Crete in Greece and obtained his MA degree in science education at the University of Leeds, UK. He Started his PhD at the University of York and after successfully completing two years he was transferred back to the University of Leeds where he received his PhD, in the area of students’ ideas, reasoning and self-generation of analogies. He has three years of experience as a secondary and high school physics, mathematics and chemistry teacher. He has also worked for the past 7 years as a physics and mathematics private tutor and supply teacher, teaching students from primary up to first year undergraduates. In 2016 he worked in the Science and Technology Education Group, University of Lincoln on a project aiming at improving students’ achievement in, and attitudes towards science and on a small scale study exploring the achievement and understanding of primary education children with SEND. Within the same year he worked in a British, non-ministerial government department providing physics subject and assessment expertise to produce a functioning assessment of practical skills in science. In 2015 he worked as an editorial assistant for the Tools and Mathematics book which is an exploration of issues in mathematics education related to tools and how such tools can be used as instruments for learning. In 2014 he worked as a research assistant in a research looking at the use of ICT in mathematics classrooms. During 2012-2014 he was involved, as a research assistant, in different phases of the Wellcome Trust funded CPD project for primary science specialists. He is particularly keen to foster a more evidence-based, as opposed to opinion-based, approach to educational initiatives and his research interests are in science, physics and mathematics education with a focus on analogical reasoning, self-generation of analogies, nature of students’ knowledge, teaching and learning in the context of interactive pedagogies, by the use of ICT and design and evaluation of educational interventions. 

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'Students' reasoning in making predictions about novel situations: The role of self-generated analogies'
Nikolaos Fotou, Ian Abrahams (2016) 'Students' reasoning in making predictions about novel situations: The role of self-generated analogies' In: N. Papadouris, A. Hadjigeorgiou and C. Constantinou (eds). Insights from research in science teaching and learning. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'The Use of Software in Academic Stream High School Mathematics Teaching'
Simon Clay, Nikolaos Fotou and John Monaghan (2017) 'The Use of Software in Academic Stream High School Mathematics Teaching'. International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, 24 (1):37-52 [Details]
2017 'Does paired mentoring work? A study of the effectiveness and affective value of academically asymmetrical peer mentoring in supporting disadvantaged students in school science'
Rachael Sharpe and Ian Abrahams and Nikolaos Fotou (2017) 'Does paired mentoring work? A study of the effectiveness and affective value of academically asymmetrical peer mentoring in supporting disadvantaged students in school science'. Research in Science \& Technological Education, 0 (0):1-21 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world'
Ian Abrahams, Marina Constantinou, Nikolaos Fotou and Bev Potterton (2017) 'The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world'. The School Science Review, 98 (365):85-90 [Details]
2015 'Doing with ideas: the role of talk in effective practical work in science'
Nikolaos Fotou, Ian Abrahams (2015) 'Doing with ideas: the role of talk in effective practical work in science'. The School Science Review, 97 (359):55-61 [Details]
2016 'Reply to ‘Misconceptions indeed’'
Nikolaos Fotou and Ian Abrahams (2016) 'Reply to ‘Misconceptions indeed’'. Physics Education, 51 (6) [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Students’ analogical reasoning in novel situations: Theory-like misconceptions or p-prims?'
Nikolaos Fotou, Ian Abrahams (2016) 'Students’ analogical reasoning in novel situations: Theory-like misconceptions or p-prims?'. Physics Education, 51 (4):1-13 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 Exploring the role of self-generated analogies in solving and reasoning about novel situations
Nikolaos Fotou (2017) Exploring the role of self-generated analogies in solving and reasoning about novel situations . In: Pixel eds. New Perspectives in Science Education, 6th edition Florence, Italy, , pp.547-550 [Details]
2017 Does paired mentoring work? A study of the effectiveness and affective value of academically asymmetrical peer mentoring in supporting disadvantaged students in school science
Rachael Sharpe, Ian Abrahams, Nikolaos Fotou (2017) Does paired mentoring work? A study of the effectiveness and affective value of academically asymmetrical peer mentoring in supporting disadvantaged students in school science ESERA Dublin, , 21-AUG-17 - 25-AUG-17 [Details]
2017 Capturing children’s ideas in science through the use of mini whiteboards: A case study of children with SEND
Carol Callinan, Jennifer Johnston and Nikolaos Fotou (2017) Capturing children’s ideas in science through the use of mini whiteboards: A case study of children with SEND ESERA Dublin, , 21-AUG-17 - 25-AUG-17 [Details]
2016 Students’ ideas in novel situations: Misconceptions or fragmented pieces of knowledge?
Nikolaos Fotou, Ian Abrahams (2016) Students’ ideas in novel situations: Misconceptions or fragmented pieces of knowledge? New perspectives in science education, 5th Edition Florence, Italy, [Details]
2016 Pair-mentoring: A project to improve the achievement and attitude in science of students aged 16 in England
Nikolaos Fotou, Racheal Sharpe and Ian Abrahams (2016) Pair-mentoring: A project to improve the achievement and attitude in science of students aged 16 in England New perspectives in science education, 5th Edition Florence, Italy, [Details]
2014 Students' use of analogies in making predictions of novel situations
Nikolaos Fotou (2014) Students' use of analogies in making predictions of novel situations New perspectives in science education, 4th Ediition Florence, Italy, [Details]
2013 Preliminary findings regarding students’ predictions in novel situations: The role of self-generated analogies in non-scientific reasoning
Nikolaos Fotou, Ian Abrahams (2013) Preliminary findings regarding students’ predictions in novel situations: The role of self-generated analogies in non-scientific reasoning . In: C. P. Constantinou, N. Papadouris and A. Hadjigeorgiou eds. ESERA 2013 Conference: Science Education Research For Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning Nicosia, Cyprus, [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2016 Observations of 2014-15 TAM lessons with regard to the use of mathematical software.
Simon Clay, Nikolaos Fotou and John Monaghan (2016) Observations of 2014-15 TAM lessons with regard to the use of mathematical software. University of Leeds, Leeds. [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2012 The day/night cycle and the alteration of seasons: Greek primary school children's conceptions.
Nikolaos Fotou (2012) The day/night cycle and the alteration of seasons: Greek primary school children's conceptions. Munich, Germany: Thesis [Details]
2011 Methodological issues in exploring students’ ideas about elementary astronomy.
Nikolaos Fotou (2011) Methodological issues in exploring students’ ideas about elementary astronomy. Munich, Germany: Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 Award for early career researchers ESERA

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
ESERA Member /

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Ofsted Practical Skills Measure Developer for A-level Science Research UNITED KINGDOM
University of Lincoln Researcher UNITED KINGDOM
Science and Technology Education Group (STEG), University of Lincoln Research Assistant UNITED KINGDOM