Enrica Giordano, graduated in Physics in 1974 at Parma University. Since 2001 she is associated professor (confirmed in 2005) of Didactics of Physics and Didactics of Astronomy at the "Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca”, Milan-Italy.
Her main research focus is about designing, testing, revising and writing, teaching paths for a meaningful learning of scientific culture to use in school, for long term works (from kindergarten to grades 8 -10) about topics in physics in connection with astronomy, earth sciences, biology, mathematics. In collaboration with colleagues of different Italian University she designed a model of pre-service teachers’ preparation about physics and astronomy topics, tested in the University courses to prepare science and math teachers in primary and secondary school (Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Formazione Primaria - Scuola di Specializzazione all’Insegnamento Secondario).
Besides school teaching and pre-service teachers’ preparation, a specific interest of Enrica Giordano is in adults’ long life learning and dissemination of scientific culture. She is designing and testing models for continue teachers development and professional preparation of extra-school educators.
The teachers’ network is still working and it is a special context where to test models for in-service preparation, to implement research-action activities collaborating with university research and to get data about difficulties to transfer research results in actual school classes.
She was scientific coordinator of Milano-Bicocca research group involved in the national project SeCiF (Explaining and Understanding Physics, 1999-2001), FFC (Physics for Cultural Formation, 2001-3), F21 (Physics for the 21st century, 2004-2006), aimed to design and to implement innovative teaching materials for in-service or pre-service teachers' and museum educators’ preparation, to be diffused through the web. She is now monitoring the diffusion of the materials in school and extra school environment, testing difficulties and advantages of the suggested approach.She participate to several teachers’ professional development programs in particular:
- she is member of the Scientific Comitee of the National Plan ISS (Teaching Experimental Sciences) of the Ministry of Instruction (MIUR)and of the local group coordinating and monitoring the Plan at regional level.
- she is the coordinator 2009-2010 of a project from the regional institute of MIUR (Direzione Scolastica della Lombardia) about testing and implementing in school (from kindergarten to first grade secondary school) the new National Indications for the revision of the mathematics and science curriculum in compulsory school.