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Dr Catarina F Dias Filipe Pancada Correia
20 Bedford Way
Dr Catarina F Dias Filipe Pancada Correia profile picture
  • Lecturer in Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I started my academic career as a Researcher in Thermochemistry (PhD awarded in 2005 by University of Lisbon, Portugal). In 2006, I joined Ecole Polytechnique (France) as Research Fellow investigating structural characterisation of biomolecules through IRMPD and computational chemistry. From 2008-2010, I held Research and Teaching Associate positions in Chemistry, at the University of Evry and University of Lisbon.

With time, I became more and more interested in education. After two-year gap, where I was awarded an MA degree in Humanitarian Aid work (IRIS, France) and worked for the ORF policy think thank (India), I started my career as an educational researcher in science education.

In 2012, I joined the Freudenthal Institute (University of Utrecht, Netherlands) doing research in curriculum development in science education (systems thinking, sub-micro-meso-macro thinking, and particle models). By 2014, I moved to the UK and joined King's College London as a Research Associate investigating Classroom Assessment, Inquiry-Based Learning, and Teacher Education. In April 2019 I joined the IoE as a Lecturer in Education. Today my research interests focus on classroom assessment, assessment identity construction and student narratives, science education, and teacher education.

Research Summary

Completed projects

Practical Assessment in School Science (PASS) Project (January 2018-December 2020)

The principal aim of our project is to identify the features of written examination questions that discriminate between students who have had substantial hands-on experience of practical work in GCSE science and those who have not. This project is important because recent changes in assessment mean practical skills are now wholly assessed through written examination questions. In view of this, we need to explore how practical skills can be assessed validly at GCSE level. We are developing a series of tasks in which Year 10 students will experience a practical activity either as hands-on practical work, as a video, as a teacher demonstration, or as a written description. Students will then complete written examination-style questions relating to the tasks. This project is a collaboration between the Science Group at the University of York, led by Professor Judith Bennett, and the Science Group at King’s College London, led by Dr. Chris Harrison. The project is funded by the Wellcome trust and the Royal Society.

Assess Inquiry in Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (ASSISTME) project (September 2014 - December 2016)

We have conducted research on how primary and secondary science and maths teachers perceived and enacted formative assessment in their inquiry lessons. We focused on informal assessment conversations (on-the-fly interactions) that take place in a lesson as the inquiry activity unfolds. The research allowed us to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and dilemmas that teachers face while making a myriad of pedagogical decisions to support their students’ learning as it is taking place in the lesson. We also identified different conversational patterns that shape learners’ autonomy and self-regulation of learning. Our research enabled us to gather insights in best ways of supporting teachers in developing their teaching and assessment practices in the context of inquiry pedagogy. This project was funded by the European Union FP7 framework.



Teaching Summary

In 2004-2010, I taught both undergraduate and post graduate chemistry and biochemistry courses at University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Ecole Polytechnique and Universite d’Evry (France).

In 2016-2019, I taught in the PGCE science programme at King’s College London. Teaching sessions on Assessment For Learning, Practical Science, and Chemistry Education.

In 2019-2020, I tutored in What is Education CPAS0134 and Understanding Research CPAS0117 modules in the MA in Education, and supervised student dissertations.

In 2020, I joined the MA in Education (Assessment) Team at UCL-IoE., and started teaching educational assessment. Here, I am Module Leader of Assessment: Issues and Practice CPAS0062, and Assessment for Learning CPAS0061. I am also a Tutor in Educational Testing CPAS0069. In addition I supervise student dissertations/reports in MA in Education (Assessment).


01-APR-2019 Lecturer in Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL - Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2014 Research Associate School of Education, Communication and Society King's College London, United Kingdom
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