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Hani Swirski, Ph.D.

Hani Swirski, Ph.D. Student

Hani Swirski, Ph.D. Student

My name is Hani and I live in Yuvalim, Misgav with my husband my son and my daughter. I completed my B.Sc. and M.Ed. in Physics Education at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

From 2005 to 2013, I worked at an elementary school in the northern part of Israel, teaching science. During the last two years, I have also trained teachers to use ICT tools in teaching while maximizing their pedagogical value.
In 2013, I began a Ph.D. program in the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology.

My PhD is about students’ interest in science. Using questions that students bring up in a formal (e.g., science class) and informal environments (e.g., Ask-an-expert websites, questions exhibition etc.), I identified common interest in science across different groups of learners and studied its stability over time. In addition, I examined which resource of questions may be useful for teachers and decision makers in order to integrate the student voice into the science curriculum.

Contact Details

hanis[-at-]campus.technion.ac.il

My personal page on the website of the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology

Projects

An Online Collaborative “Shadow Curriculum”

Scholarships and Awards

2017 –      Technion – IIT, The Irwin and Joan Jacobs Fellowship for excellent Ph.D. Students.

2016 –      Technion – IIT. Kaplan award for excellent graduate students in science and technology education.

2015 –      Ministry of Science Technology and Space – international conference participation scholarship for Ph.D. students.

2013 –      Technion – IIT. Excellent Teaching assistant award.

2011 –      Technion – IIT. Excellent Teaching assistant award.

Publications

Published papers

Swirski, H., Baram-Tsabari, A. and Yarden, A. (accepted). Does interest have an expiration date? An analysis of students’ questions as resources for context-based learning in formal and informal science learning environments, International Journal of Science Education.

Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2015). “Will a Black Hole Eventually Swallow Earth”? Fifth Grades’ interest in Questions from Textbook, Open Educational Resource and Other Students’ Questions. Special series of Chais Conference 2015 best papers, Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning.
Abstract          PDF

Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2014). Bridging the Gap between the Science Curriculum and Students’ Questions: Comparing linear vs. hypermedia Online Learning Environments. Special series of Chais Conference 2014 best papers, Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, 10, 153-175.
Abstract                PDF

International Conferences

Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2017). Why can’t I fly? FAQ reveal common interests in science across gender. Poster presented in the 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Dublin, Ireland (August 21-25, 2017).

Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2017). Science questions for all. Individual talk presented at the annual meeting of the Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Dublin, Ireland (August 21-25, 2017).

Swirski, H., Baram-Tsabari, A. and Yarden, A. (2017). Does Interest Have an Expiration Date? Stability of Students’ Questions as a Resource for Context-based Learning. Individual talk presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST). San Antonio, TX (April 22-25, 2017).

Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2015). “Will a Black Hole Eventually Swallow Earth?” 5th-Graders’ interest in Science Questions. Individual talk presented at the annual meeting of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). Helsinki, Finland, (Aug 31- Sep 04, 2015).
Abstract     ppt

Baram-Tsabari, A. and Swirski H. (2015). Comparing Linear vs. Hypermedia Online Learning Environments to Bridge Curricular Requirements and Students’ Questions. Presented as a talk in the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Chicago, IL (April 11-14, 2015).
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National Conferences (In Hebrew)

Swirski, H. (2016). “Promoting the Perception of Basic Principals of Analytical Geometry among Elementary School Students Through the Learning of Computer Programming. Poster presented in the 11th Chais Conference on Instructional Technologies Research Learning in the Technological Era in Raanana, Israel (Feb 16-17).
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Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2015). “Will a Black Hole Eventually Swallow Earth?” Fifth Grades’ interest in Questions from Textbook, Open Network Resource and Other Students’ Questions. Presented as a talk in the 10th annual Chais Conference on Instructional Technologies Research Learning in the Technological Era in Raanana, Israel (Feb 10-11). [Shortlisted for the Best Student Paper Award].
PDF ppt

Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2015). “Will a Black Hole Eventually Swallow Earth?” Fifth Grades’ interest in Questions from Textbook, Open Network Resource and Other Students’ Questions. Presented as a poster in the 2nd annual Israeli Science Learning Conference in the Department of Science Teaching, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Feb 1).
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Swirski, H. (2015). Students’ Voice in Science education’s Content and Pedagogy: “Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?”. Presented as a talk in the 11th Technology, Mathematics and Science Education Doctoral Students Seminar, Nir-Ezion, Israel, (Sep 20-21).
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Swirski, H. and Baram-Tsabari, A. (2014). An online learning environment as a tool for fifth graders to bridge the gap between the science curriculum and student questions. Presented as a talk in the 9th annual Chais Conference on Instructional Technologies Research Learning in the Technological Era in Raanana, Israel (Feb 11-12). [Best Student Paper Award].
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Yael Barel-Ben David, Ph.D.

Yael

Yael Barel-Ben David, Ph.D. Student

I am one of the directors of the Citizen Science Lab, a center for citizen science projects established in 2020 as a collaborative initiative of the Technion and MadaTech. The center aims to connect science education and public engagement with science with local communities’ needs and interests

I recently received my Ph.D in science communication from the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, after finishing my M.Sc (cum laude) also at the faculty. I received my B.Sc. in Biology and Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2010 and started my M.Sc. and TA appointment in the field of embryonic development in 2011. At the same time I worked at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem as a professional guide for visiting groups and afterwards a guide-instructor, supervisor and program developer at the museum.

During my work at the museum, I was exposed to the field of science communication for the first time and was charmed immediately. I came to acknowledge my interest in science education and science communication, realizing that I prefer these fields to practicing the scientific method itself. I decided to shift my interest to promoting science literacy in every platform I could reach, starting with the educational channel of public television in Israel.

My Ph.D research focused on the question – Can the model of ‘Filling the Void’ – scientists as science reportes pose a potential alternative to declining science journalism? Namely, I concentrated on the way science communication training shapes scientists’ motivations, skills, and professional identity, looking at three distinct science communication training programs in Israel and the USA. The second part of my thesis was focused on how the public interacts with the products of such training programs as a way to examine their success.

In the study I used a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and used them to describe a complex relationship between scientists’ professional identity and motivational components.

My research interests include science communication, science literacy, health communication and psychology. I volunteered at the EWB (Engineers without Borders) Technion branch and trained a Seeing Eye dog. In my spare time I enjoy photography, hiking, extreme sports and a good movie.

Contact Details

yaelb[-at-]tx.technion.ac.il

Projects

Towards an Evidence-Based Science Communication Policy in Israel: Science in the Media – Status Report

Science Communication Workshops

The Technion – MadaTech Citizen Science Lab

 

 

Keren Dalyot, Ph.D.

Dr. Keren Dalyot

Dr. Keren Dalyot, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Dalyot has multidisciplinary academic and professional background: starting with a BA in communication and international relations, an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights and ending with an MA and PhD in International Education Policy. Throughout her academic career, she has focused on several aspects of gender equality including a thesis on media representation of trafficking in women to Israel.

Keren has studied in Israel, England and the United States and brings with her this wealth of experience both in different educational systems and with cooperating with people from all around the globe. While conducting research for her PhD dissertation, she traveled to Ghana and met some extraordinary women working in the education system. In addition, Keren also has undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in the areas of sociology of education, qualitative research methods and academic writing.

Currently, Dr. Dalyot  is leading a new European funded (EIT FOOD) educational project for middle  schools  – The Classroom as a Platform for Community Engagement with Food Science. This is a collaborative multidisciplinary  project that will is centered around student led research into the origins of their commonly consumed industrialized food items (e.g., breakfast cereals, yogurts, snacks, etc.) As part of this project teens in Israel and Poland will share findings from their research project and common foods through online activities.

Keren has been part of the applied science communication research group since 2017 when she led  a research project on Risk Communication and Parents’ Perceptions of Non-Ionizing Radiation in Schools: The Case of Wi-Fi in Israeli Classrooms. Information about this project can be found here. She is also working on on a group project in collaboration with Dr. Yaela Golumbic and PhD candidate Yael Barel-Ben David, developing a unique measure for examining scientific reasoning skills in the context of daily life.

In her rare free time Keren enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking with her family.

Her detailed CV can be found here