Background and activities
Dimitra Christidou is a senior researcher working for the COMnPLAY SCIENCE project, led by Associate Professor Michail Giannakos. Through this project, we explore science outside the school and look at how children and young adults learn while playing in makerspaces and coding clubs.
Dimitra holds a PhD in Museum Studies from University College London (UCL). Her academic background is in art history, history, sociology, museology, and learning. She has an interest in identity, language, gestures, and learning on the move. Through her research, Dimitra explores the multimodality of the museum experience and visitors' meaning-making in museums. Using mainly qualitative methods, which consist of interaction-based studies of children, adolescents and adults' participation in informal contexts such as museums and archives, Dimitra focuses on how visitors experience museums and their exhibitions.
Dimitra has previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow for the Cultural Heritage Mediascapes project at the University of Oslo, Department of Education, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. During her fellowship, Dimitra developed a novel methodological tool for exploring visitors' meaning-making coined Social Meaning Mapping.Achievements/Awards
In September 2019, Dimitra joined the Editorial Board of Museum&Society Journal, a peer-reviewed journal published by the School of Museum Studies, Leicester, UK, in a four-year position.
Dimitra also received a Senior Research Fellowship in Museum Studies from UCL Qatar to conduct research in Doha in early 2020.
Prior to her postdoc, Dimitra worked as a researcher at NCK and Jamtli Open Air Museum in Sweden, where she secured 160 000 EUR in funding from Nordplus Adult and Erasmus+K2 for three projects: (1) volunteers in museums in Scandinavia; (2) learning at the archives in Scandinavia, and (3) Erasmus+K2 involving a consortium of European Open-Air Museums.
IKY Doctoral Scholarship (2008-2012)
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2021) Using the lens of science capital to capture and explore children’s attitudes toward science in an informal making-based space. Information and Learning Science (ILS). vol. 12 (5/6).
- (2020) Social meaning mapping as a means of exploring visitors’ practices in the museum. Visitor Studies.
- (2020) Patterns in informal and non-formal science learning activities for children–A Europe-wide survey study. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. vol. 25.
- (2019) Art, touch and meaning making: an analysis of multisensory interpretation in the museum. Museum Management and Curatorship. vol. 34 (1).
- (2019) Museum encounters: a choreography of visitors’ bodies in interaction. Museum Management and Curatorship. vol. 34 (4).
- (2018) Art on the move: The role of joint attention in visitors' encounters with artworks. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. vol. 19.
- (2018) Children’s ‘eye views’ of an archaeological site: A multimodal social semiotic approach to children’s drawings. Museum & Society. vol. 16 (3).
- (2014) Implementing Heritage Learning Outcomes. 2014. ISBN 978-91-7948-252-7.
Part of book/report
- (2021) Trails of Walking - Ways of Talking: The Museum Experience Through Social Meaning Mapping. Emerging Technologies and the Digital Transformation of Museums and Heritage Sites. RISE IMET 2021..
- (2020) Measuring the visual in the museum: Social meaning mapping as a means of capturing more than meets the eye. Crossing boundaries and disciplines: The book of selected readings 2019.
- (2020) From Map Using to Map Making: The Museum Experience Through Social Meaning Mapping. The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 2. Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences..
- (2020) Embodying Artistic Process in Art Gallery Visits. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Art Learning and Creativity Fostering Artistic Exploration in Formal and Informal Settings.
- (2019) Tools and Methods for ‘4E Analysis’: New Lenses for Analyzing Interaction in CSCL. A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings. 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019, Volume 2..
- (2019) The role of age and gender on implementing informal and non-formal science learning activities for children. Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference.