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Dr Andri Christodoulou BA, MA, MRes, PhD


Dr Andri Christodoulou

Dr Andri Christodoulou is Lecturer within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

I am a Lecturer in Education at Southampton Education School, which I joined in 2011 after completing my postgraduate and doctoral studies in the field of science education. My research focuses on how teachers’ classroom discourse can support science learning especially in relation to the use of argumentation as an instructional approach. I am interested in how teacher professional learning can be formulated, implemented and sustained in order to provide productive classroom discourse practices and successful science learning within primary and secondary classrooms.

I have previously conducted research on argumentation and dialogic teaching practices within secondary science classrooms, on science inquiry practices in primary and secondary education, and on how argumentation and inquiry practices can be used as pedagogical approaches within socio-scientific issues-based education. Before coming to Southampton, I taught in different contexts and to various age groups teaching in primary schools in Cyprus, language teaching in post-compulsory education whilst studying in London, and teaching modules on qualitative data analysis whilst at King’s College London.

At Southampton Education School, I have taught and acted as placement tutor for trainee teachers on our Primary PGCE and Secondary Science PGCE courses. I have been the programme director for the MSc Education programme (2017-2020) and an associate programme director for the same programme (2014-2017). My current teaching responsibilities include teaching on the MSc Education, and supporting doctoral students. I also work closely with colleagues on the Secondary Science PGCE course.

Research interests

  • Argumentation within scientific and socio-scientific contexts
  • Dialogic teaching
  • Socio-scientific inquiry-based learning
  • Classroom discourse

Research-related memberships and activities:

  • Member of the Research Group of the Association for Science Education (ASE)
  • International Committee member, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), 2017-2020
  • ERASMUS+ funding recipient 2014 (academic visit to the Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique, France)
  • ESERA Travel Award Recipient 2012 (academic visit at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • NARST International Committee Scholarship Recipient, 2011

European Network for Environmental Citizenship (ENEC) 

The ENEC Cost Action project (CA16229) started in 2017 and is running until 2021. It aims to enable scientific developments in the field of Environmental Citizenship and conceptualising Education for Environmental Citizenship, its implications and applications to educational settings across phases. Good examples and best educational practices leading to pro-environmental attitudes, behaviour and values are also highlighted and promoted. The ENEC research network involves 130 academics from 36 different countries.

Within the ENEC research project, Andri is the Coordinator of the Early Career Investigators Events Committee and of the Short-Term Scientific Missions for the project. They are also a member of the Steering Committee.

Research group

Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Centre

Research project(s)


Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research and Innovation in Science Education (PARRISE)

European Network for Environmental Citizenship through formal and informal education (ENEC) Cost Action

Wild Citizens! - enabling children to become active environmental citizens

Leadership roles and responsibilities:

  • Programme director for MSc Education (2017-2020)
  • Associate programme director for MSc Education (2014-2017)
  • SKE+ Coordinator, 2012-13
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee member
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  • Adams, J., Avraamidou, L., Bayram-Jacobs, D., Boujaoude, S., Bryan, L., Christodoulou, A., Couso, D., Danielsson, A., Dillon, J., Erduran, S., Evagorou, M., Goedhart, M., Kang, N-H., Kaya, E., Kayumova, S., Larsson, J., Martin, S., Martinez Chico, M., Marzabal, A., ... Zembal-Saul, C. (2018). The role of science education in a changing world. Universiteit Leiden.
  • PGCE Primary - teaching Primary Science; acting as placement tutor
  • PGCE Secondary - teaching science inquiry, argumentation, nature of science sessions; acting as placement tutor
  • BSc Education and Psychology
  • MSc Education - teaching on modules such as Learning and Teaching, Education Research Methods and Practice, and supervising masters dissertation projects
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PARRISE (Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research and Innovation in Science Education)

PARRISE is an EU funded project (FP7-SIS-612438) that run from 2014 to 2018 in which 18 European institutions worked together to develop a research-based framework for promoting responsible research and innovation through science education. The project established an innovative educational framework called SSIBL ‘Socio-Scientific Inquiry-based Learning’ to foster democratic citizenship in science education.

CASSIS (Communication About Socio-Scientific Issues)

CASSIS is an EU funded project (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES, 2014-18) that run from 2014 to 2018 that built a network between four universities in England (SOTON, IOE), France and New Zealand focusing on developing pedagogical and communicative strategies about socioscientific issues in the context of secondary education.

Developing argumentation practices through action research (2013-14)

This was a small-scale research project funded by the Adventures in Research Scheme (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences), University of Southampton. This project aimed at investigating the process of developing dialogic classroom practices in secondary science classrooms using action research approaches.

Dr Andri Christodoulou
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