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Biography

Karen is passionate about the teaching and learning of psychology and science in schools. She is a teacher educator in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and her research interests relate to teaching and learning psychology and science; including understanding nature and values of psychology and science and their place within society, psychology and science curriculum and assessment, developing the pedagogy of pre-service teachers and professional experience (placement). Other research projects include the benefits for team and co-teaching (with teacher educators and teachers) pre-service teachers, and mentoring teachers. Karen is interested in teaching concepts with science practices that inform these concepts. Her MEd thesis focused on progression of learning of psychology within Victorian curriculum and her PhD considers ways to connect and build on learning experiences to promote psychologically literate citizens. 

Karen is an experienced pre-service teacher educator and secondary school teacher (including psychology, chemistry, environmental and general science). She has taught psychology in a range of Australian and International curricula from Year 7 to Year 12 and has extensive experience on VCE Psychology examination panels (inc panel chair & assistant chief assessor for many years) and previous study design panels. Karen is co-author of a popular secondary psychology textbook series (Oxford series - Year 10, VCE & QCE), has contributed to science texts (eg Oxford Big Ideas in Science) and was co-president on a Primary School Council for 5 years.

Research interests

Teaching and learning of psychology in schools

Teaching and learning of science in schools

Development of pedogogies of pre-service teachers

Co-teaching and team teaching - working with academics and school teachers in pre-service teacher units

Teacher views and values of psychology and science

Psychology and science curriculum

Teaching science concepts with science practices that inform these concepts

Monash teaching commitment

EDF5175 Psychology education in secondary schools A

EDF5176 Psychology educcation in secondary schools B

EDF5137 General science education in secondary schools A

EDF5138 General science education in secondary schools B

EDF5127 Chemistry education in secondary schools A

EDF5128 Chemistry education in secondary schools B

Keywords

  • Teaching and learning psychology in schools
  • teaching and learning science in schools
  • pre-service teacher education
  • pre-service teacher professional experience
  • curriculum and pedagogy
  • co-teaching
  • team teaching
  • coaching
  • teaching science practices

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Research Output 2012 2019

Vignettes illustrating practitioners’ and researchers’ applications of the Refined Consensus model of pedagogical content knowledge

Carlson, J., Cooper, R., Daehler, K. R., Friedrichsen, P. J., Heller, J. I., Kirschner, S., Elliott, N. L., Marangio, K. & Wong, N., 2019, Repositioning Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teachers’ Knowledge for Teaching Science. Hume, A., Cooper, R. & Borowski, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 93-116 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

The science curriculum

Corrigan, D. & Marangio, K., Aug 2018, Science Education for Australian Students: Teaching Science from Foundation to Year 12. Fitzgerald, A. & Corrigan, D. (eds.). 1st ed. Crows Nest NSW Australia: Allen & Unwin, p. 89-112 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Prizes

Educational Publishing Awards Australia - Best senior student resource

Karen Ruth Marangio (Recipient), 17 Sep 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

Karen Ruth Marangio (Recipient), 15 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)