Dr Merce Garcia-Mila
Dr. Merce Garcia-Mila (PhD in Cognition and Learning, Columbia University, NY, USA) is full professor at the Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology Department. She has been a visiting professor at the School of Education at Stanford University (CA, USA, 2008) and at San Jose State University, CA, USA). She has also been the Research coordinator of the Institute of Childhood and Urban World in Barcelona (2004-2010). Garcia-Mila’s research focusses on learning and argumentation in school contexts, especially science learning and scientific reasoning. The specific expertise for the DIALLS project is her expertise on dialogic argumentation analysis in the classroom and her background in statistics and experimental design that will help with the experimental implementation and analysis of the project data (WP3, WP5 & WP6).
Dr Sandra Gilabert
Dr Sandra Gilabert (MA Pedagogical Psychology; PhD. Psychology (Developmental and Educational Psychology)) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili, with expertise on argumentation and science secondary school learning, and a strong background on teacher professional development. In DIALLS she will be involved in schools’ recruitment, data collection and analysis (WP3).
Ana Remesal Ortiz
Ana Remesal Ortiz (PhD. University of Barcelona. Department for Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology) defended her doctoral thesis on teachers’ and pupils’ conceptions of assessment and mathematics learning in primary and secondary education. For the last 20 years she has been a member of the research group GRINTIE, specialized in assessment, e-learning/CSCL, and teacher education, developing qualitative research methods (classroom research, content analysis, and discourse analysis). Other topics of interest are motivation and L2/foreign language learning. As a doctoral student she visited several foreign institutions in Australia (University of Melbourne –LPS project), USA (University of Georgia) and Germany (Free University Berlin, University of Münster), which gave her the opportunity for broad international collaboration and to get to know ‘other’ approaches to school education, learning and teaching cultures, and research methods (argumentation analysis). She also worked for one year at University of Frankfurt (at the IDM as ‘WiMi’) before returning to the University of Barcelona, actively contributing to primary and secondary teacher education. For DIALLS, Ana will contribute to the dialogue and argumentation analysis (WP5).
Núria Castells Gómez
Núria Castells Gómez (PhD. in Psychology, University of Barcelona), is an associate professor at the Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology Department. As a doctoral student she visited the University of Louisville (KY, USA), and as a post-doctoral student, the University of Michigan (MI, USA). Her research interests include the use of reading and writing, along with ITC, for learning; argumentation and learning in school contexts; and teacher training. In DIALLS she will be involved in data collection and analysis (WP3).
Andrea Miralda Banda
Andrea Miralda-Banda has a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Barcelona. She has worked in the field of curricular design for primary and secondary school in Mexican Secretary of Public Education. Her research focuses on the development of argumentative competence and critical thinking in primary school students as part of her doctoral thesis. In DIALLS, she has a predoctoral research assistant position and will be involved in data collection and analysis, contributing with her expertise in pedagogical interventions for developing argumentative skills in primary school.
Jose Luna has a degree in psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is currently studying for a master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Barcelona, as well as beginning his doctoral studies. His thesis will focus on dialogical argumentation for the development of specific values in vulnerable environments. He also has experience in the construction and development of inclusive projects for children and adults in Catalonia. At DIALLS he holds a position as a pre-doctoral research assistant and contributes to data analysis.