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Karen is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University and her research interests relate to science curriculum and pedagogy including: developing the pedagogical knowledge of pre-service teachers; teaching science in integrated ways to engage learners to explore its value, complexity and relevance within our society and its place within society; and the value of co-teaching and collaborative work of teachers.

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. Such approaches consider the teaching of psychological concepts with the teaching of core science practices that inform these concepts. 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 has extensive experience as a teacher educator, having roles in a number of different initial teacher education programs, including coordinating learning areas and professional experience, and integrating professional experience with academic unit experiences and facilitating local and international placements. She is an experienced 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 examination and curriculum panels. Karen is co-author of a popular secondary psychology textbook series, has contributed to science texts and was president on a Primary School Council for many years. 

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 & EDF5176 Psychology education in secondary schools A & B

EDF5137 & EDF5138 General science education in secondary schools A & B

EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement

EDF5127 & EDF5128 Chemistry education in secondary schools A & B

Research area keywords

  • Psychology education
  • Science education
  • Psychology curriculum
  • Science teacher education
  • Co-teaching
  • Science curriculum
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Teaching concepts with core science practices
  • Integrated approaches to science learning and teaching
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing

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Research Output

Science as “just opinion” – the significance for science education of emerging social media

Marangio, K. & Gunstone, R., 2020, Values in Science Education: The Shifting Sands. Corrigan, D., Buntting, C., Fitzgerald, A. & Jones, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 69-89 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-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., 28 Jan 2019, Repositioning Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teachers’ Knowledge for Teaching Science. Hume, A., Cooper, R. & Borowski, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 93-113 21 p.

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


Educational Publishing Awards Australia - Best senior student resource

Marangio, Karen (Recipient), 17 Sep 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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

Marangio, Karen (Recipient), 15 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


  • 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