People

Dr. Shulamit (Shuly) Kapon – PI

Shuly is an associate professor of physics education at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, where she leads the physics education track. Her current work mainly focuses on students’ sensemaking of and with physics, and the development and appropriation of disciplinary-based epistemic practices and habits of mind, and in physics teacher education. To read more…

 

Ms. Lilach Ayali – Ph.D. Student

Lilach AyaliLilach Holds a B.Sc. and M. Sc. in electrical engineering, both from the Technion. She is also a graduate of the Technion Views program for additional B. Sc. in education (mathematics) summa cum laude. Lilach is an experienced high school mathematics teacher, an advisor for physics and mathematics teachers at the Ministry of Education, an expert in mentoring research projects of high school students, and a leader of a community of physics teachers who mentor students’ authentic research projects (Acheret Center). Lilach is one of the developers of Israeli Research Physics program for high school students, and taught in its professional development program.  Lilach joined Kapon’s group as a Ph.D. student in February 2021 and serves as a teaching assistant at the Technion physics teacher education program. The title of Lilach’s doctoral study is ‘Mathematical Modeling in Physics and Mathematics Education: Theory and Practice’.

Mr. Salih Farage – Ph.D. Student

Salih holds a B.A. in physics from Tel Aviv University, and a M.Sc. in physics education from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is an experienced high school physics teacher, an advisor for physics teachers at the Ministry of Education, an expert in mentoring research projects of high school students, and a leader of a community of physics teachers who mentor students’ authentic research projects.  At the Technion, Salih co-teaches the practicum course for preservice physics teachers. Salih joined Kapon’s group as a Ph.D. student in December 2018. The title of his doctoral study is ‘Teachers as research mentors: Participating in a new figured world’.

Ms. Lulu Garah (Wattad) – Ph.D. Student

Lulu is a recipient of the Neubauer Doctoral Fellowship for Minority Students. She holds a B.Sc. in biomedical engineering and a M.Sc. in science education, both from the Technion. She is also a high school physics teacher. Lulu joined the group in June 2019. She also serves as a teaching assistant in several graduate courses at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology. The title of her doctoral study is ‘Negotiating figured worlds – High school Arab students’ participation in authentic physics inquiry’.

Ms. Wisal Ganaiem – Ph.D. Candidate

Wisal GanaiemWisal holds a B.Ed. in special education, M.Ed. in educational counselling and works as an educational counselor at middle high school in Baqa. In addition, she is a Mandel leadership program graduate. Together with Arab academics, Wisal has established Alrowad– a nonprofit organization for promoting STEM education in the Arab community of Israel. Wisal joined the group in February 2021. The title of her pilot study is  ‘Empowerment of Arab high school graduates from scientific majors, during the gap-year between high school and university’.

Mr. Tal Peer – Ph.D. Student

Tal holds a B.A and a M.Sc. in physics both from Ben Gurion University. He is a high school physics teacher, a leading research mentor at Acheret Center, and an expert in engineering, maker-based inquiry projects in physics at the high school level. The title of his doctoral study is ‘Maker based physics challenges as a platform for teaching physics’.

 

Mr. Guy Raviv – Ph.D. Student

Guy RavivGuy holds a B.Sc cum laude in electrical engineering from the Technion and a M.A. cum laude in science education from Bar Ilan University. He is a high school physics teacher, and a member of the research and development team in the group who design and implement a MOOC course in physics (kinematics) for junior-high students. The title of his doctoral study is ‘Developing mathematical literacy in an on-line physics course in kinematics’.

Ms. Maayan Schvartzer – Ph.D. Student (on a personal leave)

Maayan holds a B.Sc. summa cum laude in biomedical engineering from Ben Gurion University, and an M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from the Technion. Maayan joined Kapon’s group in March 2015, and is currently on an extended personal leave. Her doctoral study is entitled ‘High school open inquiry in Physics: Mentoring characteristics of high school teachers and their effect on students’ forms of participation’.

Ms. Ada Abes – M.Sc. Student

Ada is an IDF Navy Commander (retired) with extensive experience in project management and system engineering for large scale high-tech military systems. Since her retirement she has been involved in educational initiatives aimed at encouraging teenagers to pursue STEM studies. She holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (1994) from the Technion and a PMI-PMP certification (2014) and an MBA (2019) from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Her thesis study aims to uncover and describe the processes involved in building multidisciplinary knowledge by a team and its individual members. The research will be conducted on teams of teenagers participating in the FIRST LEGO League program.

Mr. Yossi Wagner – M.Sc. student

Yossi holds a B.Sc. in physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a high school physics teacher. He joined Kapon’s group in October 2018. The title of his thesis is ‘Engaging high school students in a physics inquiry: A case study of a challenging process’.

 

Dr. Irit Aharon – Collaborating Teacher

Irit holds a B.A. in physics from Ben Gurion University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in education from the University of Haifa. She is an experienced physics teacher, the pedagogical coordinator of the Reali school, and an expert in mentoring new teachers. At the Technion, Irit co-teaches the practicum course for preservice physics teachers, and also co-led the induction program for novice physics teachers that was offered by the group (Physics in Chavruta) in 2019-2020.

Ms. Gilit Porat – Curriculum Designer ,Collaborating Teacher (and a former M.Sc. student)

Gilit holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion, and a M.Sc. summa cum laude in physics education which she did in Kapon’s group. She is an experienced physics teacher and curriculum developer, and an expert in integrating educational technologies into the instruction of physics. She serves as a teaching assistant at the Technion physics teacher education program, and is a recipient of the Technion best teaching assistant award. She co-led the induction program for novice physics teachers (Physics in Chavruta), and currently she coordinates the design of a MOOC course in physics for junior-high students that the group is developing.

 

Alumni

Dr. Avital Elbaum-Cohen – Visiting Fellow

Avital holds a B.A. in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in mathematics education from the Weizmann Institute of Science. She is also an experienced high school mathematics teacher, and serves as a consultant of the Mathematics Education Research Group at the Department of Science Teaching at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Avital was a visiting fellow in our group (analogous to part time postdoc) during her sabbatical from school, between October 2019 and July 2020. During this time, she helped us in characterizing high school students’ mathematical discourse while engaged in research apprenticeships in physics. Cוררקמאךט

Dr. Avraham Merzel – Visiting Fellow

Avi was a visiting fellow (analogous to part time postdoc) in the group from October 2015 to September 2017. He worked on a project entitled ‘Helping physics and engineering students become high school physics teachers.’ Currently he is a lecturer (tenure track) at the School of Education, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Dr. Hagar Veksler – Research Associate

Hagar was a research associate in the group from March 2017 till December 2019. She led the curriculum development of a textbook and teacher guide on electromagnetic radiation for non-science majors and was also involved in a comparative study of the scientific output of high school students’ research apprenticeships. Currently Hagar is a research fellow at the Haifa research center for theoretical physics and astrophysics at the University of Haifa.

Ms. Angella Halloun – M.Sc.

Angela joined Kapon’s group as an M.Sc. student in October 2013, while Shuly was still a faculty member at the University of Haifa, and continued to work with her as her as a primary thesis advisor after Shuly moved to the Technion. Angela graduated cum laude from the University of Haifa in October 2015. The title of her master thesis is ‘From playing digital games to solving algebraic equations’. The secondary advisor was Prof. Michal Tabach from Tel Aviv University. Currently Angela is working for the Ministry of Education at the Haifa school district as an advisor for mathematics teachers at the middle school level, and as a secondary school mathematics teacher.

Mr. Lior Keren – M.Sc.

Lior KerenLior graduated (M.Sc.) in August 2021. He also holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the Technion, and is a graduate of the Technion Views program (an additional B.A. in science education for Technion graduates, and a teaching certificate in a STEM discipline). Lior teaches electronics and physics in high school, and mentors high school students’ research projects in physics, as well as engineering projects in electronics and robotics. The title of his thesis is ‘Differences and interrelations between science and engineering – Experts’ perceptions and stereotypes’.

Ms. Gilit Porat – M.Sc.

Gilit graduated (M.Sc. summa cum laude) on March 2018. The title of her thesis is ‘Construction and calibration of measuring instruments as a tool for fostering an understanding of the meaning of physical measurement’, on which she also received the Kaplan prize for outstanding graduate research. Currently she is involved and leads various projects in the group, as well as working as teaching assistant at the Faculty, and a physics teacher at the Center for Pre-University Education at the Technion.

Ms. Alina Colton – Collaborating Teacher

Alina is an experienced physics teacher and a recipient of The Amos de-Shalit Prize for Excellence in the Teaching of Physics (2009). At the group she led Physics in Chavruta (induction program for novice physics teachers) from September 2016 to August 2018. She currently works as the educational content specialist at SpaceIL, and was involved in initial conceptualization of a MOOC course in physics for junior-high students that the group has recently started to develop.

Ms. Vera Suprefine – Collaborating Teacher

Vera co-led Physics in Chavruta (induction program for novice physics teachers) from September 2017 to August 2019. She is currently a physics teacher and the department head of the Ort Binyamina high school, and an advisor for physics teachers at the Ministry of Education.

 

 

Mr. Gennady Akselrod – Collaborating teacher

Gennady co-led Physics in Chavruta (induction program for novice physics teachers) from September 2018 to August 2019. He currently works as a physics teacher at the Reali High school, and leads a community of physics teachers focused on mentoring high school students’ authentic research experiences.

 

Mr. Matan Maskit – Collaborating Teacher

Matan MaskitMatan holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Civil engineering from the Technion. He is also a graduate (2016) of the Technion physics teacher education program (Views). Matan is a high school physics teacher and an advisor for physics teachers on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Education. He joined the group on July 2020 and led the professional development that supported the implementation of pilot chapters of a  MOOC course in physics for junior-high students that the group is developing.