(UNESCO / Japan Young Researchers' fellowships programme)

Carolina Herzel

Beneficiary country: 
Herzel Carolina Argentina Born on 17 February 1971 in Guatraché, Argentina
Country of study: 
Last degree obtained: 

University of Seville, Spain. Diploma of Advanced Studies, Science Education. (5 December 2007).

Scholarly work and publications: 

Scholarly research: Analysis of Current Research Areas and Curriculum Proposals. Research paper, Doctoral Programme on Didactics of Experimental and Social Sciences: An Inclusive Approach. University of Seville, Spain, 2007.

Cañal, P.; Criado, A.; Ruiz, N. Y.; and Herzel, C. Obstaculos y dificultades de los maestros en formacion inicial en el diseno de unidades didacticas de enfoque investigador: el inventario general de obstaculos. [Obstacles and Difficulties Encountered by Teachers in Initial Training in the Designing of Lesson Plans with a Research Focus: a General Inventory of Obstacles.] Paper submitted at the 23rd Experimental Science Didactics Meeting, University of Almería. Spain, September 2008.

What the fellow says:

"Owing to advances achieved in research conducted under the UNESCO/Japan Research Fellowships Programme, new professional paths and other opportunities for putting lessons learnt into practice have opened up. The GEUDIS web application developed for the design of research teaching units is being used experimentally by Spanish and Argentine teachers. Some features have been found to require revision and improvement. That notwithstanding, it is affirmably a web 2.0 tool that promotes educators’ professional development because information and communication technology is built into their initial and continuing training.

Furthermore, and on a more personal level, on the strength of the knowledge built up and the experience gained from using educational technology, I have participated in a virtual secondary education project for rural areas, primarily for the Mapuche, the indigenous people of the area in which I live. I joined that project in order to train teachers to design draft curricula, devise multimedia content and use web 2.0 tools that were potentially helpful in education."