Graduate Program for Science and Technology Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
My life before BGU:
I was born in Jerusalem and grew up there. I studied for my bachelor's and master's degrees in an exact sciences program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My master's thesis in practical physics focused on the characterization of the influence of molecular layers on the electronic properties of transistors. I continued on to a doctorate in science education at the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed my postdoc at Haifa University and Arizona State University.
"At BGU in general, and in the Program for Science and Technology Education specifically, there is unique experience in combining social and educational action with academic excellence. As such, the research does not stand alone in an ivory tower, but contributes and influences what happens outside the University's gates"
I research science class in junior high and high school, and specifically the combination of technological methods such as simulations and programming in teaching. In my research I discovered that role-play, as a particle in a simulation of "liquid" say, increases the understanding of more complicated conceptualizations of the effects of vaporization more than using a "regular" simulation with junior high school students.
At BGU in general, and in the Program for Science and Technology Education specifically, there is unique experience in combining social and educational action with academic excellence. As such, the research does not stand alone in an ivory tower, but contributes and influences what happens outside the University's gates.
An insight from my research:
Education will never be a science like physics, there are no magic formulas for quality and meaningful teaching.
Something that doesn't appear on my resume:
I love to hike in the outdoors and don't do it enough.
A source of inspiration:
The Mandel School for Educational Leadership, established by the late Prof. Mordecai Nisan and headed by Dr. Ayman Agbaria, gave me an intensive, critical and optimistic look at education as an academic field.
When I grow up:
As a child I wanted to be a pilot, fortunately it didn't happen and I became a teacher.
If I was not a researcher, I would:
teach in schools.
» Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. I don't have a Twitter account.
» Game of Thrones or the Simpsons? The Simpsons. I don't like graphic violence.
» Yoga or CrossFit? Yoga. I don't want to break my back.
» Hapo'el or Maccabi? Only Hapoel (Katamon) Jerusalem.
» Chess or backgammon? Both.
» Steak or tofu? Tofu, because of the environment, even though steak is tastier.
» Trekking or the spa? Trekking, the spa is just boring.
» Car or train? Train, again because of the environment (and the space for a laptop).
» X-Box or PlayStation? X-Box simply because we already have one at home.
» Fortis or Sakharof? Fortis, because of the energy and youthful spirit.
» Classic Europe or India? Classical Europe. I don't like crowds and pollution.
» Ocean or the pool? Pool. It's closer.
» Galgalatz or podcast? Galgalatz. For the privilege of hearing something I haven't heard in a long time.
» Morning or night? Morning. At night we're supposed to sleep.
» Winter or summer? Winter. It's cleaner and smells better.
» Cat or dog? Neither, but if I were forced to choose, then dog.
» Movie or play? Play. You can feel the effort and each time is a little different.
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