Professor Stella Vosniadou

Academic Level E

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.69)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Stella Vosniadou is Professor of Education in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. In previous academic appointments she served as Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Athens, Greece, and as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Her area of research is learning, conceptual development and conceptual change. A large part of her work has focused on investigating how students learn science and mathematics, what are the difficulties they face in this process and how they can overcome these difficulties. She has developed educational interventions to promote students’ learning of science as well as their metacognition, executive function skills and self-regulated learning. In recent years, Prof. Vosniadou has been studying the classroom environments and teacher practices that can promote independent and self-regulated learning.

Vosniadou’s research on conceptual change is known internationally as evidenced by the number of citations to her published work. The Google scholar citation index shows 22,364 citations, h-index 61, i10 index 118. In recognition of her research contribution, she received the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Research Award in 2011. She has written numerous books and monographs, is often invited to give keynotes and invited addresses, and has published more than 150 articles and book chapters. Her books/ articles have been translated in Greek, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Professor Vosniadou’s collaborative work has received more than 15 million in research funding, from, among others, the US National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the European Science Foundation, and the European Commission. Her recent research is funded by a DISCOVERY grant from the Australian Research Council with the title Teaching how to learn: Promoting self-regulated learning in STEM classes. (2018-2022).


Ph.D. Psychology, Clark University, USA

M.A. Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

B.A. Brandeis University, USA

Honours, awards and grants

Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Resesarch Award, Society for Research in Child Development, 2011

Member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea)

Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts

Fellow, Cognitive Science Society

Fellow, American Educational Research Association

Member of the International Academy of Education

Chair of the Board of the Cognitive Science Society (2012-2013)

President of European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (1995-1997)

Key responsibilities

Stella Vosniadou is a research professor. Her responsibilities are research and teh supervision of post-graduate students

Teaching interests

Cognitive - conceptual development in science and mathematics

Science and mathematics assessment, curriculum and education

Learning, self-regulated learning and its application in school settings

Initial teacher education, teacher thinking and learning

Supervisory interests
Cognitive processes
Cognitive psychology
Cognitive psychology and educational practice
Education, science
Educational psychology
Learning and instruction
Learning and teaching
Mathematics education
Science education
Self-directed learning
Teacher education
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Cognitive science; mathematics cognition; computer-supported education (University of Athens) (1)
Associate supervisor: Assessment; mathematical cognition; mathematics education (1), Science Education (1), Special Education (1), Medical Education (1), Mathematics Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Science education; scientific epistemology; scientific thinking and reasoning (University of Hong Kong) (1)
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