Prof. Dr. Charles Max

Charles Max

Full professor

Research Topics Competence development, Activity theory and developmental work research, Individual and organisational learning, Interactive media, Teacher education research
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Education and Social Work
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison du Nombre
6, Avenue de la Fonte
L-4364 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MNO, E02 0215-130
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9413
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Current research projects

  • Mobile interaction for refugee integration - MiRi

The MiRi project develops digital support activities for beneficiaries and seekers of international protection. The project develops the “YouAreWelcome” platform (, which is a multilingual digital information, communication and learning hub to be used on mobile and desktop devices. The project is funded by the Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte. (2016 – 2019)

Collaborators: Zohreh BANIASADI (research associate), Maral BIABANPEIMA (student assistant), Karim MUSTAFA (student assistant), Gilberto Cardoso (

  • Robotics for kids

The Robotics for Kids projects stimulates students’ interests in technology, ICT, robots and basic programming by proposing playful, creative and inquiry-based learning activities. Young students get inspired to build and program robots with the LEGO Mindstorms equipment, let them interact with the environment through sensors and motors, and create own projects in which robots move and achieve specific tasks

  • A workshop for classes from fundamental school is organised in June-July in cooperation with the regional agency PROSUD (RobotecSUD 2011 – up to date) 
  • An interdisciplinary technology-enhanced inquiry project about “Living and working in space” is proposed to classes from secondary school in collaboration with the scienteens-lab of LCSB, the MENJE, LIDIT, and proSUD (2018 - 2019)

Collaborators: Gilberto CARDOSO (, student assistants

Current research projects in cooperation with other research institutes

  • Towards a robotic assistant for MHVL

in cooperation with the Automation and Robotics Research Group (Prof. Dr. Holger Voos)

The project develops mobile service robots for supporting interactions with visitors in the VdL museum. It investigates the capabilities of advanced cognitive humanoid robots (Pepper from Aldebaran) in the museum space. The robot provides orientation and recommendations to visitors regarding a historical panorama of the city in the 17th century. The project models cooperation among robots and humans and develops coordination mechanisms for human-robot interaction systems (2016 – 2019)

Collaborators: Zohreh BANIASADI (research associate) and the team of Prof. Dr. Holger Voos

  • International Network “Centre of Excellence for Technology Education - CETE” in cooperation with Universität Duisburg-Essen (D - convener), the University of Missouri (USA) - Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Cambridge University (UK), Pädagogische Hochschule Nord West Schweiz (CH).

The Center of Excellence for Technology Education (CETE) is a network of leading academic research institutions in the sector of engineering education. The aim of the international network is to promote research on engineering educational processes through joint research projects, PhD training, study and research visits. Further, the network strives to integrate research-based knowledge in school practice through publications and teacher training. The joint work looks also for enhancing teacher training through international study cooperations and digital teaching and learning offers. Since 2015 the network is promoted with funds of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the context of the programme line on thematic networks. (2015 – 2018)

Current PhD research projects

  • Integration issues of Arab refugees in Luxembourg post the Middle East political transformation

The project examines the issues Arab refugees encounter when staying, working and living in Luxembourg after getting granted the status of international protection. The project is funded by the “Association of Egyptians In Luxembourg – AEL” and conducted in cooperation with their project “Initiative Choukrane”. (2016 – 2019)

PhD student: Haythem Kamel Emam BADAWY (MA in Education)

  • Space as a catalyst for a wholesome school environment: Systemic conceiving and achieving of conviviality in schools of the 21st Century

The FNR-funded multi-disciplinary research project merges evidence from the fields of engineering, education, innovative technologies, health and social sciences. The objective is to establish a scientific basis for designing smart and sustainable school buildings. The outcome will be an internationally recognized scientific reference system, which can serve as a tool for developing guidelines for future school buildings. (2018 – 2022)

PhD student: Melissa BELLESI (MA in architecture)

Last updated on: 23 Oct 2017

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See detailGeoGebraTAO: Geometry Learning using a Dynamic Adaptive ICT-Enhanced Environment to Promote String Differentiation of Children's Individual Pathways
Dording, Carole; Max, Charles Joseph; Kreis, Yves; Latour, Thibaud

Scientific Conference (2020, November 12)

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See detailThe Gateway Science: a Review of Astronomy in the OECD School Curricula, Including China and South Africa
Salimpoura, Saeed; Bartlett, Sophie; Fitzgerald, Michael T.; McKinnon, David H.; Cutts, Ross K.; James, Renee C.; Miller, Scott; Danaia, Lena; Hollow, Robert P.; Cabezon, Sergio; Faye, Michel; Tomita, Akihito; Max, Charles; de Korte, Michael; Baudouin, Cyrille; Birkenbauma, Diana; Kallery, Maria; Anjos, Sara; Wu, Quixan; Chu, Hye-Eun; Slater, Eileen; Ortiz-Gil, Amelia

in Research in Science Education (2020)

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See detailA Model for Regulating of Ethical Preferences in Machine Ethics
Baniasadi, Zohreh; Parent, Xavier; Max, Charles; Creamer, Marcos

in Proceedings of International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (2018)

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See detailAn activity theoretical research lens on inquiry-based learning
Max, Charles

in de Vries, Marc J.; Fletcher, Stefan; Kruse, Stefan; Labudde, Peter; Lang, Martin; Mammes, Ingelore; Max, Charles; Münk, Dieter; Nicholl, Bill; Strobel, Johannes; Winterbottom, Mark (Eds.) Research in Technology Education: International Approaches. (2018)

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See detailElementary science and education within the Luxembourg educational system
Max, Charles

in De Vries, Marc J.; Fletcher, Stefan; Kruse, Stefan; Labudde, Peter; Lang, Martine; Mammes, Ingelore; Max, Charles; Münk, Dieter; Nicholl, Bill; Strobel, Johannes; Winterbottom, Mark (Eds.) Technology Education Today – International Perspectives (2016)

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See detailInteraction Profiles for an Artificial Conversational Companion
Höhn, Sviatlana; Busemann, Stephan; Max, Charles; Schommer, Christoph; Ziegler, Gudrun

Scientific Conference (2015, September)

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See detailLernen in Bewegung: iPads im naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht
Max, Charles

in Computer + Unterricht: Lernen und Lehren mit digitalen Medien (2015), 97

See detail“And? Did we do nice things?”: Children documenting their emerging inquiries in early science learning
Max, Charles; Siry, Christina; Kracheel, Martin

in Milne, Catherine; Tobin, Kenneth (Eds.) Sociocultural studies and implications for science education: the experiential and the virtual (2015)

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See detailICT use at home and at school: A study on 8- to 12-year old students in Luxembourg
Max, Charles; Song, Ju-Youn; Hack, Nathalie

in INTED2015 Proceedings (2015, March)

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See detailDeveloping spaces for technology-mediated inquiry in education
Max, Charles

Scientific Conference (2014, August 28)

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See detailImplementing a culture of creative Inquiry with ipads in elementary science education
Max, Charles; Hack, Nathalie

in Pixel (Ed.) Conference proceedings. New perspectives in science education (2014, March 20)

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See detailAnalysing tablet-enhanced inquiries in elementary science education
Max, Charles; Song, Ju-Youn

Scientific Conference (2014, August 18)

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See detailLearning with tablet-cloud systems in elementary science education
Max, Charles; Song, Ju-Youn

in IATED (Ed.) EDULEARN14 Proceedings (2014, July 06)

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See detailPeer Language Learning: Perspectives from Blended, Face-to-Face and Social Media Interactions
Ziegler, Gudrun; Max, Charles; Durus, Natalia; Moreau, Richard

in Open Education Europa (2014)

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See detailTowards a Proto-Language of Emotions (?) - Response Cries as an Interactional Achievement
Albanese, Claudia; Max, Charles; Ziegler, Gudrun

Scientific Conference (2013, August)

See detailThe Biosemiotics of Facial Kinetics
Albanese, Claudia; Max, Charles; Ziegler, Gudrun

Scientific Conference (2013, June)

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See detailThe sciPADS project
Max, Charles; Hack, Nathalie

Scientific Conference (2013, November)

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See detailCreative Inquiry with ipads in elementary science education.
Max, Charles; Hack, Nathalie

Scientific Conference (2013, August 29)

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See detailFacial Physiology of Speech Errors
Albanese, Claudia; Max, Charles; Ziegler, Gudrun

Scientific Conference (2012, November)

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See detailPromoting ‘learning for teaching’ across boundaries. Creating innovative spaces for competence development in initial teacher education
Max, Charles

in Hinger, Barbara (Ed.) Sprachen lernen: Kompetenzen entwickeln – Performanzen (über)prüfen. Tagungsband der 5. Tagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Sprachendidaktik (ÖGSD). (2012)

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See detailPrivacy Awareness on Facebook - Engagement on an International Privacy Policy
Max, Charles; Albanese, Claudia

in Morelli, Pierre; Pignard-Cheynel, Nathalie; Baltazart, Didier (Eds.) Actes du colloque EUTIC 2012 Publics et pratiques médiatiques (2012, October)

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See detailTracing science in the early childhood classroom: the historicity of multi-resourced discourse practices in multilingual interaction
Max, Charles; Ziegler, Gudrun; Kracheel, Martin

in Mansour, Nasser; Wegerif, Rupert (Eds.) Science Education for Diversity, Theory and Practice (2012)

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See detail‘Doing science’ through discourse-in-interaction: Young children’s science investigations at the early childhood level.
Siry, Christina; Ziegler, Gudrun; Max, Charles

in Science Education (2012), 96(2), 311-326

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See detailLearning-for-teaching across educational boundaries: An activity-theoretical analysis of collaborative internship projects in initial teacher education
Max, Charles

in Ellis, Viv; Edwards, Anne; Smagorinsky, Peter (Eds.) Cultural historical perspectives on teacher education and development: learning teaching. Learning teaching (2010)

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See detailIntegrating Mahara as an e-portfolio system and social network in the BScE (slideshow)
Hoeppner, K.D.C.; Max, Charles; Reuter, Robert

Presentation (2009)

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See detailIntegrating ICT in Pre-service Teacher Training
Höppner, Kristina D. C.; Busana, Gilbert; Max, Charles; Reuter, Robert

in Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009 (2009)

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See detailPlurilingualism and Multilingual Literacy among Young Learners in Luxembourg
Portante, Dominique; Max, Charles

in Kenner, Charmian; Hickey, Tina (Eds.) Multilingual Europe: Diversity and Learning (2008)

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See detailBIMUZINE – Multilingual visual communication
Lensink, Wilco; Max, Charles; Ziegler, Gudrun

Book published by Bozen-Bolzano University Press (2007)

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See detailL’évaluation de la qualité de l’enseignement face à la dynamique et à la dialectique des pratiques pédagogiques.
Max, Charles

in PAQUAY, Léopold (Ed.) L'évaluation des enseignants - Tensions et enjeux. (2004)

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See detailVerstehen heißt Verändern 'Conceptual Change' als didaktisches Prinzip des Sachunterrichts.
Max, Charles

in FAUST-SIEHL, Gabriele; MEIER, Richard; UNGLAUBE, Henning (Eds.) Sachunterricht in der Grundschule (1997)

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