Sara Wilmes

Sara Wilmes

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculty or Centre Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences Humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education
Research Unit ECCS
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 35-170
Email
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9237

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Applied Educational Sciences of the Research Unit on Education, Culture, Cognition and Society of the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education under the supervision of Professor Christina Siry.

My research investigates science instruction in various multilingual school contexts in Luxembourg using multimodal methodologies, and also the use of participatory methods, such as collaborative autoethnography, to research the lived experience of language learners.

Last updated on: Friday, 06 April 2018

CURRICULUM VITAE

(WILMES-2018.pdf)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 – present

 

Post-doctoral Researcher
Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Luxembourg
SciTeach Resource Center, Campus Belval

2012 – 2013

 

Research Collaborator
Department of Education, Culture, Cognition and Society, University of Luxembourg

2011 – 2012

 

Science Education Specialist
The Fibonacci Project, University of Luxembourg

2005 – 2010

 

Project Coordinator and Science Curriculum Writer
Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

2000 – 2005

 

Secondary Science Teacher
East Middle School, West Seneca, New York, USA

1998 – 2000

 

Precalculus Instructor
State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

EDUCATION

2017

Phd

University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Thesis: Student-driven inquiry-based science in Luxembourg primary contexts
Final grade: Excellent

2000

EdM

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
Elementary Education and Science Education
Master’s Project: Student Science Journals in the Montessori Classroom

1994

BA

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
Major: Biology, Minor: Spanish



Last updated on: 13 Dec 2018

I co-teach courses in the Bachelor in the Science of Education program at the University including “Kind, Natur, und Technik” and “Natur- und Geschellschaftswissenschaften” in der Grundschule, at the University of Luxembourg.



Last updated on: 06 Apr 2018

Research Interests 

  • Science education in primary schools
  • Integrated science and literacy learning
  • Learning in multilingual contexts
  • Collaborative autoethnography



Last updated on: 22 Feb 2016

I am a member of the following professional associations:

  • ESERA – European Science Education Research Association
  • LuxERA - Luxembourg Educational Research Association
  • NARST – National Association for Research in Science Teaching



Last updated on: 13 Dec 2018

Selected works

  • Siry., C., Wilmes, S.E.D., Haus, J.M. (2016). Examining children’s agency within participatory structures in primary science investigations.Learning, Culture and Social Interaction.
  • Bryce, N., Wilmes, S.E.D., Bellino, M. (2016). Inquiry identity and science teacher professional development. Cultural Studies of Science Education.
  • Siry, C., Teuchert, A., & Wilmes, S. (2012). Linking science investigations and language in a multilingual classroom, in: Jarvis, T. (Hrsg.).Integrating Science Inquiry Across the Curriculum, Companion Resources For Implementing  Inquiry in Science and Mathematics at School, S. 41-43.
  • Wilmes, S. and J. Howarth. (2009). Using Issues-Based Science in the Classroom.The Science Teacher, 76(7), 24 – 29.

Science Education Curricula

  • Bellantoni, J., Willcox, M. and S. Wilmes. (2011). Sustainability.Science and Global Issues. The Science Education for Public Understanding Program, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, California, ISBN: 1603013288
  • Willcox, M., Howarth, J., and S. Dombkowski. (2011). Ecology: Living on Earth.Science and Global Issues.The Science Education for Public Understanding Program, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA. ISBN: 1603013288
  • Dombkowski, S., Nagle, B., Howarth, J. and M. Willcox. (2008). Genetics: Feeding the World.Science in Global Issues. Second field test edition. The Science Education for Public Understanding Program, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA. ISBN: 160301328
  • Dombkowski, S. and B. Nagle. (2008). Nanotechnology: The Power of Small. Viewer’s guides written in collaboration with ICAN productions and Science View at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Available online at www.powerofsmall.org. 
  • Dombkowski, S., Nagle, B. and D. Markey (2007).The Chemistry of Materials: Issues and Physical Science.Lab-Aids, Ronkonkoma, New York. USA. ISBN: 1603010076
  • Hariani, M, Dombkowski, S. and D. Seaver. (2007).Studying Materials Scientifically: Issues and PhysicalScience.Lab-Aids, Ronkonkoma, New York. USA. ISBN: 1603010076 
  • Bellantoni, J., Hariani, M., Seaver, D., Nagle, B., Cuff, K., Dombkowski, S., and H. D. Thier. (2006).Issues in Earth Science.  Science Education for Public Understanding Program. Lawrence Hall of Science. University of California, Berkeley, California, USA. ISBN: 1887725962



Last updated on: 22 Feb 2016

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In press

See detailA Critical Co/Autoethnographic Exploration of Self: Becoming Science Education Researchers in Diverse Cultural and Linguistic Landscapes
Park, Jennifer; Wilmes, Sara

in Bazzul, Jesse (Ed.) Critical voices in science education research: Narratives of academic journeys (in press)

See detail„Doing Science“: Erwerb von Kompetenzen im naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht der École fondamentale
Siry, Christina; Andersen, Katja Natalie; Wilmes, Sara

in MENJE (Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse); Université du Luxembourg (Eds.) Bildungsbericht Luxemburg 2018 (in press)

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2018

See detailBeing and becoming Science Education Professional Developers: A Co-Autoethnographic Examination
Siry, Christina; Wilmes, Sara; Te Heesen, Kerstin; Kneip, Nora; Heinericy, Sandy

Presentation (2018)

See detailThe role of critical reflexivity in the professional development of professional developers: A co-authethnotaphic exploration
Te Heesen, Kerstin; Kneip, Nora; Heinericy, Sandy; Siry, Christina; Wilmes, Sara

Presentation (2018)

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See detailUnderscoring the value of video analysis in multilingual and multicultural classroom contexts
Wilmes, Sara; Gomez-Fernandez, Roberto; Gorges, Anna; Siry, Christina

in Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (2018), 3(4),

See detailReconstructing science education within the language I science relationship
Wilmes, Sara; Siry, Christina; Gomez-Fernandez, Roberto; Gorges, Anna

in Tobin, Kenneth; Bryan, Lynn (Eds.) 13 Questions: Reframing Education's Conversation: Science (2018)

See detailCritical reflexivity in the professional development of professional devlopers: A co-autoethnographic exploration
Wilmes, Sara; Siry, Christina; Te Heesen, Kerstin; Kneip, Nora; Heinericy, Sandy

Poster (2018, January)

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2017

See detailMultimodal Wonderings
Siry, Christina; Wilmes, Sara

Presentation (2017)

See detailProblematizing video analysis rooted in the verbal:Examples from culturally and linguistically diverse science classrooms in Luxembourg
Wilmes, Sara; Gomez-Fernandez, Roberto; Gorges, Anna; Siry, Christina

Presentation (2017, June)

See detailInteraction Rituals in Multilingual Student-Centered Science Instruction
Wilmes, Sara; Siry, Christina

Presentation (2017)

See detailProblematizing video analysis rooted in the verbal: Examples from culturally and linguistically diverse science classrooms in Luxembourg
Wilmes, Sara; Siry, Christina; Gomez-Fernandez, Roberto; Gorges, Anna

Scientific Conference (2017)

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2016

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See detailExamining children’s agency within participatory structures in primary science investigations
Siry, Christina; Haus, Jana Maria; Wilmes, Sara

in Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction (2016), 10

See detailEngaging students in being/becoming scientists
Wilmes, Sara

Presentation (2016)

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See detailInquiry identity and science teacher professional development
Wilmes, Sara; Bryce, Nadine; Bellino, Marissa

in Cultural Studies of Science Education (2016), 11(2), 235-251

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2015

See detailThe role of wondering in inquiry-based science education: Expanding the notion of questions.
Wilmes, Sara; Siry, Christina; Hilgers, Jana Maria

Presentation (2015)

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2013

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