Dr Nasser Mansour
Senior Lecturer in Science Education, Programme Director MSc Educational Research


Research Funded

Science Education for Diversity (SED) Project

A €1 million International Science Education development project  funded by the European Commission , under the Seventh Framework Programme (January 2010-December 2012).

The project seeks to improve the quality of science education in Europe by collaborating with other countries where science and science careers are perceived by young people as a positive option.

The aim of the SED project is to understand how countries in both Europe (England/Netherlands) and the partner countries of India, Turkey, Lebanon and Malaysia are addressing the issue of gender and cultural diversity in regard to engaging young people in science education. It will also focus on ways to help address this issue more effectively and to understand the relationship between science education and culture. Over a three year period, the project intends to provide guidelines and programmes for effective interventions to improve the take up of science education.

The Science Education for Diversity Project will start by exploring the complex relationship between different ethnically and culturally defined groups, gender, and different areas of science and the variety of approaches to teaching and learning science. Some of the questions addressed by the project look at how teachers’ perceive the issues, the factors that affect students opting for science, the educational policies in place in each of the partner countries to address diversity issues in science education and, what constitutes a 'successful' policy or practice.

The project is in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India), Pamukkale University (Turkey), American University in Beirut (Lebanon), Eindhoven University of Technology (Holland) and Tunku Abdul Rahman College (Malaysia) with the University of Exeter as the lead partner.

Also, I have conducted research on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning tools, Argunaut and InterLoc, seeing these as a means of providing dialogue across difference and of supporting reflective communities of practice.


ARGUNAUT project researching and developing tools to support moderating online. The Argunaut project was funded by the EC under the 6th Framework Program.http://www.argunaut.org/ 

The Argunaut project was formed with the following goals:

  • to develop appropriate tools to assist moderators of e-discussions
  • to unify awareness and feedback mechanisms in e-discussion environments
  • to combine AI analysis module with online monitoring module
  • to implement cross-platform (currently with Digalo and
  • to study the moderator's role, especially in synchronous, graphical e-discussions.


InterLoc realises Digital Dialogue Games for learning and thinking through combining synchronous group interaction and personal activities. The games promote critical and creative discussion, reasoned dialogue and collective inquiry within the digital landscape. The approach has proven educational value that has been demonstrated through over ten years of research within the Learning Sciences.

Funded through grants from rounds 1 and 2 of the UK JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) 'e-learning tools' programme, and recently with a grant from the JISC Capital Programme. http://www.interloc.org/


  1. General secondary in science.
  2. B.SC Education Department of Physics & Chemistry May 1993 with general estimate (very good degree Honour). Faculty of education, Tanta University.
  3. Special Diploma in Education in September 1995 with a degree grade very good. Faculty of education, Tanta University.
  4. Master of Education in Special of ‘Curriculum and Instruction of Science’ with a general degree Excellent. Faculty of education, Tanta University.
    The Thesis is entitled: the effectiveness of Ausubel’s advanced organizers in developing achievement in science and creative thinking abilities of preparatory stage students.
  5. MPhil (Master of Philosophy) July/ 2004. School of Education, Exeter University.
    Studied these modules through the Mphil:
  6. Diploma on understanding children, Open University, UK.
  7. PhD (Philosophy of Doctor) in Education, School of Education, and Exeter University. The Thesis is entitled: Science-Technology-Society Education in Egypt: The Beliefs and Practices of Egyptian Science Teachers


  • 1994-1998 working as administrator, Faculty of Education, Tanta University, Egypt.
  • 1998-2003 working as Assistant lecturer, Faculty of Education, Tanta University, Egypt.
  • 2004 Working as Research Assistant, School of Education, University of Exeter, UK.
  • 2008 - School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Exeter, Consultant of European research project, ARGUNAUT.

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