Professor Stella Vosniadou


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

Stella Vosniadou is Strategic Professor in the School of Education. In previous academic appointments she served as Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Chair of the Cognitive Science Division, and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Basic and Applied Cognitive Science in the Department of Philosophy and History of Scinece, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Reading, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Vosniadou has more than 150 publications including authored and edited books and articles in refereed journal and edited volumes in the areas of cognitive development, cognitive psychology, conceptual change, and learning science and mathematics. She is well known internationally for her research for which she received the 2011 Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Award by the Society for Research in Child Development. She is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and of the International Academy of Education, and a frequent keynote speaker in International Conferences, Professor Vosniadou is the current editor of the 'Educational Practices Series' a publication of the International Academy of Education and of the International Bureau of Education of the UNESCO, and serves on the editorial board of five international journals, including the Educational Psychologist, Mathematical Learning and Thinking, and Human Development.


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

Fellow, American Educational Research Association (since 2012)

Fellow, International Academy of Education (since 1997)

Chair, Cognitive Science Society (2012-2013)

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

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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