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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 (esp. in the middle years) including: understanding nature and values of psychology and science and their place within society; psychology and science curriculum; and developing the pedagogical knowledge of preservice teachers. Other research projects include the benefits of co-teaching (with teacher educators and school-based teachers) and support and advocacy for teachers as professionals. Karen is interested in developing shared meanings for teaching psychology as a contemporary science and ways to connect and build on learning experiences to promote psychologically literate citizens. Her MEd thesis focused on progression of learning of psychology within Victorian curriculum and her PhD considered teachers views on using a psychological science framework as a support for their teaching of psychology. 

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 (eg VCE, IB, AP) 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 president on a Primary School Council for 5 years. She enjoys bushwalking, netball and is a life member of a surf life saving club.

Research interests

Psychology curriculum & pedagogy; teaching and learning of psychology in schools.

Science curriculum & pedagogies; teaching and learning of science; interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs, especially the middle years.

Developing the pedogogical knowledge of preservice teachers. 

Co-teaching - working with academics and school teachers in preservice teacher academic units.

Teacher views and teaching science as a human endeavour: nature, values and relevance of/for science.  

Teacher views of psychology and contemporary science; teaching science concepts with science practices that inform these concepts.

Science teacher education; mentoring; teachers as professionals.

Monash teaching commitment

EDF4252 Integrated approaches to science learning and teaching

EDF5175 Psychology education in secondary schools A

EDF5176 Psychology education in secondary schools B

EDF5137 General science education in secondary schools A

EDF5138 General science education in secondary schools B

EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement

EDF5127 Chemistry education in secondary schools A

EDF5128 Chemistry education in secondary schools B

Research area keywords

  • Psychology education
  • Science education
  • Psychology curriculum
  • Preservice teacher education
  • Teacher education
  • Co-teaching
  • Teaching science as a human endeavour
  • Teaching contemporary science practices
  • Science curriculum

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Research Output 2012 2019

Science news stories in the media – old issues, new challenges and new opportunities for science preservice teacher education!

Marangio, K. & Gunstone, R., 2019, p. 32-33. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Open Access

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


Educational Publishing Awards Australia - Best senior student resource

Karen Marangio (Recipient), 17 Sep 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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

Karen Marangio (Recipient), 15 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Professional association or peak discipline body

APS Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (DPRET) Forum Member

Karen Marangio (Fellow)
2019 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body