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Doctoral Students' Conference: Tradition, Development & Innovation in Didactics - Early Career Researchers Conference


Organized online between 2-3 December 2021 by

"Didactics: Tradition, Development & Innovation” Doctoral School at Babeș-Bolyai University &

Linz School of Education at Johannes Kepler University.



The conference aims to bring together PhD students from Educational Sciences, especially those who are working in Didactics of different school disciplines. The conference gives the opportunity to participants for present their wok and for meeting and networking other PhD students who are working on the same research issues. Participants also can meet senior researchers who are giving keynote presentations or co-chair sessions. PhD students also have the opportunity to chair sessions.


PhD students can present their work in short, 10 minutes long presentations. Beside new research results you can present an already published research or research in progress. There are three threads of the conference, English, Romanian, and Hungarian.

For registration, please, fill in the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAa5uScHgsR0DB4phffjLrNiUmanUjfsusRWfiijSgxL-8LA/viewform

Deadline: 22 November 2021 28 November 2021 for presenters, 29 November 2021 for participants.


Download the program in PDF.

The conference is organized via Zoom. Registered presenters and participants will receive an email with further information about the Zoom ID and password.

2 December 2021, Thursday (Central European Time – UTC+2)

13:20 - 13:30 – Opening of the English sessions

13:30 - 14:15 - Keynote 1 - Jaeger Clemens (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): Developing expert training for tutors as part of an Educational Design Research project

14:15 - 15:15 - Parallel sessions


14:15 – 14:35

14:35 – 14:55

14:55 – 15:15

Session 1

Kleopatra Paskou (University of Patras, Greece): Mental representations of students of the Department of Education and Preschool Education for the rainbow

Jukka Sinnemäki (Johannes Kepler University, Austria/ Finland): The effects of the use of technology and exercise in the school environment

Lavinia Suteu (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania): The relationship of metacognition with science misconceptions in prospective teachers

Session 2

Guillermo P. Bautista Jr. (University of the Philippines, Philippines): Using Gamification in Teacher Training: Collaborating to Design GeoGebra Activities for Teaching Mathematics

Edina-Timea Opriș (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania): Students' opinions about solving problems individually and in groups

Brigitta Békési (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): Showtime – the positive effects of home schooling

Session 3

Jeong Mintzu (Johannes Kepler University, Austria/Republic of Korea): Computational thinking with analog tool

Fruzsina Eszes (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary): Research on improvisation in teaching

Lisa Kuka (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): How AI is used in (Higher) Education: A Review


14:15 – 14:35

14:35 – 14:55

14:55 – 15:15

Session 4

Matthew Rudy Meangru (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom): Utilising Mathematical Modelling and 3D Printing Activities to Explore and Impact Prospective Teachers’ Mathematical Affect, Identities and Competence Through a Communities of Practice Lens

Einav London (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania/Israel): Art your math

Shereen ElBedewy (Johannes Kepler University, Austria/Egypt): Challenges in the Mathematical Modelling Analysis in STEAM practices

Session 5

Tomáš Botlík (Charles University, Czech Republic): Use of multimedia language lab SmartClass at primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic

Marina Rottenhofer, Sandra Leitner, Johannes Kepler (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): Vocabulary Acquisition through Modeling: a Comparative Study on Visual and Textual Vocabulary Instruction

Roxana-Mădălina Cristea (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania): The Zone of Proximal Development and Teaching Expertise in Classroom Settings

Session 6

Bartalis Ágnes (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania): Comprehension of mathematical text in primary school

Oi Mei Teo
(Johannes Kepler University, Austria/ Singapore): How do we design arts-integrated and technology supported learning tasks that can impact on students’ metacognitive skills in mathematics?

Qëndresa Morina (Charles University, Czech Republic):  Block model approach and its effect on word problem solving, a case study

15:15 - 15:30 - break

15:30 - 16:30 - Parallel sessions


15:30 – 15:50

15:50 – 16:10

16:10 – 16:40

Session 7

Tahir Ramzan (Pakistan): The 2D and 3D Motion: Learning through the best mix of Pedagogy & Technology

Abril Armenta Franco (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): Experiments and VR as Physics' Communication and Motivation Tools!

Johanna Zöchbauer (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): A GeoGebra Classroom Case Study in a Technical Drawing Lesson

Session 8

Moshe Facler (Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): Personalized learning effectiveness in the digital era in high schools

Pasttita Ayu Laksmiwati (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): Digging the Potential of STEAM Hybrid Learning Environment

Nilay Aral (Danube University Krems /Johannes Kepler University, Austria): A Distributed Item Calibration Approach for Computerized Adaptive Testing in Math Education

Session 9

Magdolna Somos (University of Debrecen, Humgary): Did Brexit change your university plans?

Ulla Paraluppi (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): How to motivate more teachers to apply for the position as a principal in compulsory schools

Tomáš Riemel (Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic): Polynomial-exponential Diophantine equations


15:30 – 15:50

15:50 – 16:10

16:10 – 16:40

Session 10

Fadhlan Muchlas Abrori (Johannes Kepler University, Austria/Indonesia): Introducing socio-scientific issues to students through digital comics in STEAM learning

Zaira Ortiz-Laso (University of Cantabria, Spain): Evaluating the STEAM project-based learning instruction from a mathematical perspective


Session 11

Abdallah Asli (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania/Israel): Teacher`s Attitudes towards Teaching mathematics and ITS applications in other disciplines

José Ronaldo Alves Araújo (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil): GeoGebra contributions to Transnumeration: a study involving graphical analysis of data


Pia WimmerFurian (Johannes Kepler University, Austria): Out-Of-Field-Teaching

Session 12

Andrea Fodor (Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, Hungary): Opportunities for strengthening certain professional competences in Hungarian higher education through ICT

Karin Tengler (Johannes Kepler University, University of Teacher Education Lower Austria, Austria): Tell, Draw & Code - Investigating Teacher Perceptions of Supporting Computational Thinking through Robotics-based Storytelling Activities in Primary Education


16:30 - 17:30 - Open ECR forum - Kristinsdóttir Bjarnheiður (University of Iceland, Iceland)

3 December 2021, Friday (UTC+3)

13:00 - 13:10 - Opening of Romanian sessions

13:10 - 13:50 - Keynote 2 – Stoilescu Dorian (Western Sidney University, Australia): Developing research models and paradigms in learning mathematics and computer science

13:50 - 14:30 - Keynote 3 - Dănilă Gențiana (Université de Paris, France): Specificities of the French educational system

14:30 – 14:45 break

14:45 - 15:45 - Parallel sessions


14:45 – 15:05

15:05 – 15:25

15:25 – 15:45

Session 13

Juhász Anna (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): Designing and experimenting a board-game for learning Romanian by Hungarian speaking primary school pupils

Merticariu Elena Veronica (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): Migration, a challange for the todays educational systems

Popovici Ilona (Cahul State University „B. P. Hasdeu”, Republic of Moldova): Experimental approaches on the influence of cloud technologies on the development of learner's digital communication competence

Session 14

Cheia Florin (State University from Moldova): Conceptual framework for the intervention of the support teacher in carrying out the individualized training of children with SEN

Fantana Ana (Babes-Bolyai University): The role of parents in carrying out extracurricular educational activities with young people. Questionnaire-based research

Acatrinei Irina Roxana (Babes-Bolyai University): Peculiarities of multigrade teaching in primary school from Romania


15:45 - 16:00 - break

16:00 - 17:00 - Parallel sessions


16:00 – 16:20

16:20 – 16:40

16:40 – 17:00

Session 15

Bărnuțiu (Sârca) Marinela, Pop Cristina Florina (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): Implementation of the integrated STEM/STEAM/STREAM approach in the Romanian education system through IBL

Stan Loredana Alina (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): Self-assessment methods used in preschool education. Teachers' perspective

Session 16

Nicola Nicoleta Alina (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): The role of the moral model in preschool education. Teachers’ perspective

Popovici Adina (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): Moral education in primary school: development and challenges

Băbuț Teodora Mirela (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania): Collaboration between family and kindergarten in the education of children in Romania. Parents 'perspective


17:00 - 17:30 - Discussions


16:00 - 16:10 - Opening of the Hungarian sessions

16:10 - 16:50 - Keynote 4 - Námesztovszki Zsolt (Novi Sad University, Serbia): How to Teach Online Effectively – Technical and Methodological Approach

16:50 - 17:50 - Parallel sessions


16:50 – 17:10

17:10 – 17:30

17:30 – 17:50

Session 17

Kozmané-Fejes Zsuzsanna (Columbia University, USA): The History of Periodicals in Hungarian Secondary Mathematics Education between 1867 and 1956

Papp Beáta (University of Pécs, Hungary): Hungarian-Italian bilingual education: a textbook dilemma

Csonka Éva (University of Debrecen, Hungary): The impact of high school teachers on the motivations and choices of graduate students for teaching careers

Session 18

Bognár Mária (University of Pécs, Hungary): Innovative competence development methods in adult education institutions in Somogy county

Kocsis Zsófia (University of Debrecen, Hungary): Working Students in STEM Higher Education

Fanni Kőrösiné Vitkóczi (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary): Measurements with a thermistor thermometer in secondary school

Session 19

Hetesiné Korcsok Edit (University of Pécs, Hungary): The role of playful methods in the teaching of religion and ethics

Hari Tünde Hajnalka (Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania): Gamifying geography teaching in elementary classes

Tímea Miltner (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary): "Let's play doctor!" project in physics class - teaching radiation physics in a different way

17:50 - 18:10 - break

18:10 - 19:10 - Parallel sessions


18:10 – 18:30

18:30 – 18:50

18:50 – 19:10

Session 20

Somné Huszti Anett (University of Debrecen, Hungary): Environmental education in the forest school

Eszter Kovács-Kószó (University of Szeged, Hungary): Cooperative classroom nowdays in Hungary

Csontosné Herendi Borbála (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary): Kahoot! – Blessing or curse?

Session 21

Hajnalka Ollé (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary): Exoplanet transit analysis in a classroom

Jakab Natália (University of Pécs, Hungary): Possibility to take into account student diversity among students with disadvantages along the lines of Gardner intelligence


Session 22

Bálint-Svella Éva Katalin (Babes-Bolyai, Romania): Developing computational thinking in preschool with educational robots

Endrődi-Kolip Heléna (University of Pécs): Possible adaptation of the Gardner concept in nursery, in Hungarian and German language areas


19:10 - 19:40 – Discussions



Download abstracts for Sessions 1-12, Sessions 13-16, Sessions 17-22.


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Description automatically generated with low confidence Dănilă is an assistant professor at the University of Paris (former Paris-Diderot University), in the Algebraic Geometry and Topology team. She is training Mathematics teachers in order to get the Agrégation (highest degree for high-school teachers in France) and is involved in a project focusing on Mathematics teaching around the world. 

Clemens A person wearing glasses

Description automatically generated with medium confidenceJaeger has twelve years of experience as a flight instructor and has developed innovative flying training courses in the military sector. After that, he was responsible for the pilot selection and training of an aviation motorsport series. For the last three years, he has used his expertise in these areas to develop training for volunteer tutors who support children-in-need in close cooperation with their teachers.

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceBjarnheiður Kristinsdóttir is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iceland, School of Education. She finished her doctoral degree in mathematics education under supervision of Prof. Freyja Hreinsdóttir, University of Iceland, and Prof. Zsolt Lavicza, Johannes Kepler University Linz, in October 2021. Her topics of research interest include task design, teacher noticing, use of dynamic geometry software for teaching, orchestration of classroom discussion, formative assessment strategies and generating access for all students to mathematics.

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceZsolt Námesztovszki is an associate professor at the University of Novi Sad (research field: informatics and information technologies in education). He specializes in online education and advanced educational technology. He is the author of several studies and textbooks and a reviewer of several journals from his field (Computers & Education, The International Review of Research Open and Distributed Learning). Leader or participant in several EU, republican and provincial scientific and economic projects. He is also a consultant for the Education Office, the Serbian organizer of the WRO (World Robot Olympiad ™) and the chair of the e-Region NGO. In 2013 he was awarded the “Presenter of the Year” at the „Eötvös Loránd“ University PPK, and in 2016 by the Department of Multimedia in Education of the „János Neumann“ Computer Science Society with the “Multimedia in Education Ring” award - for the best curriculum. Member of the External Public Body of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceStoilescu is a lecturer in Mathematics and Computer Science Education at Western Sydney University. He has obtained a PhD in Education from University of Toronto. He spent more than 20 years in research and teaching in Australia, Canada, and Romania in mathematics education and computer studies in education. Currently, he is teaching courses in both primary and secondary programs in mathematics education, ICT education, research in education, and pedagogical practices.



Ciascai Liliana, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Cuznețov Larisa, Pedagogical State University “Ion Creangă, Republic of Moldova

Dana-Picard Noah, Jerusalem College of Technology, Israel

Diego-Mantecon Jose, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

Fenyvesi Kristóf, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Hershkovitz Sara, Center for Educational Technology, Israel

Ilovan Oana-Ramona, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Korenova Lilla, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

Lavicza Zsolt, Johannes Kepler University, Austria

Liptai Kálmán,  Eszterházy University, Hungary

Magdaș Ioana, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Námesztovszki Zsolt, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Opriș Dorin, "1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania

Péntek Imre, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Pinto M. A. Carla , Porto University, Portugal

Ravanis Konstantinos, Patras University, Greece

Steinbeiß Gregor, University of Education Upper Austria, Austria

Zsoldos-Marchis Iuliana, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania


Bartalis Ágnes, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Bálint-Svella Éva, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Ciascai Liliana, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Cristea Mădălina, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Haas, Ben, Johannes Kepler University, Austria

Kristinsdóttir Bjarnheiður, University of Iceland, Iceland

Lavicza Zsolt, Johannes Kepler University, Austria

Magdaș Ioana, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Opriș Dorin,  "1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania

Opriș Edina, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Pop Cristina-Florina, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Rahmadi Imam Fitri, Universitas Pamulang, Indonesia

Sârca Marinela, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Steinbeiß Gregor, University of Education Upper Austria, Austria

Stier Sophia Gerrick, Johannes Kepler University, Austria

Șoldea Cosmina-Florina, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Șuteu Lavinia, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Zsoldos-Marchis Iuliana, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania