Sara Wilmes

Sara Wilmes

Research scientist

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Education and Social Work
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

Sara E. D. Wilmes is a researcher at the University of Luxembourg in the Institute for Teaching and Learning. She currently works with the SciTeach Center Project to support collaborative teacher education and professional learning for sustained changes in primary science teaching and learning in Luxembourg. Her research explores science education in multilingual contexts and the use of postmodern research methodologies to explore intersections between science learning and diverse communicative resource use.

Last updated on: Tuesday, 03 August 2021

CURRICULUM VITAE

(WILMES-2021.pdf)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 – present

 

Research Scientist
Department for 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: 16 Jun 2021

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: 14 Jan 2020