Background and activities
Maria I.M. Febri (1969) is an Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Teacher and Interpreter Education (FLT, NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.
She has a PhD degree from University Grenoble I, France, in physics, materials science and structure, in the subject of synthesis and characterization of rare earth based magnetic alloys. In her subsequent career, she worked for five years as researcher in Material Science Research Center in BATAN, Jakarta, Indonesia, her home country, continuing the development of new, advanced magnetic materials. She has had experience in coordinating a research team and being a member of referee committee ten years and after the pedagogy study (PPU) in NTNU, Maria I.M. Febri has gone into teaching career in Norway where she now lives. She has had teaching experience in mathematics and physics at various level, high school and teacher education at university. Since 2012, she has been working mainly in science teacher education in FLT, especially with teacher students for primary and lower secondary school. She has in addition being involved in teacher professional development and school based development as part of her research in science education.
Maria I.M. Febri has been a team member in the development of science teacher-training programs, included initial teacher training, further education for in-service teachers, and in 2015 master degree in science education. In 2015-16 she was a member of the national team for the revision of National Guidelines for Science Teacher Education for Primary and Lower Secondary.
She has taken and takes part in several EU funded projects:
PRIMAS (Promoting Inquiry in Mathematics and Science education across Europe), 2010-13, http://www.primas-project.eu/en/index.do
mascil (Mathematics and Science for life),2013-16, http://www.mascil-project.eu/
FaSMEd (Formative Assessment in Science and Mathematics Education), 2014-16, https://research.ncl.ac.uk/fasmed/
and now an Erasmus+ project: Intercultural learning in mathematics and science initial teacher education (2016-19).
Maria I.M. Febri is also part of a recently formed research group within FLT-NTNU (now part of Dept. Teacher Education, NTNU), working on the overarching topic of Literacy.
Main research interests within Science Education/ Physics Education:
-Inquiry Based Learning and Conceptual Understanding
-Inquiry Based Learning and Scientific Literacy
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
- (1997) A Low Temperature Route for the Synthesis of Rare Earth Transition Metal Borides and Their Hydrides. Journal of Solid State Chemistry. vol. 133 (1).
- (1996) A new method of nitrogenation of M2Fe17 powder alloy via chemical reaction with sodium azide (NaN3) as a nitrogen source (M = Y or Ln). Journal of Materials Chemistry. vol. 6.
- (1996) Synthesis of soft ferromagnetic nanocomposites by controlled diffusion-segregation in Nd2(Fe,Co)14B. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. vol. 157/158.
- (1996) A new method of nitrogenation of RE-TM alloys via chemical reaction with sodium azide as an oxygen-free nitrogen source. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. vol. 157/158.
- (1996) Synthesis of magnetic intermetallics and their interstitial hydrides. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. vol. 157/158.
- (1995) Synthesis of Nd2Fe14B nanocrystals using interstitial hydrides. Nanostructured materials. vol. 6 (1-4).
Part of book/report
- (2016) Enhancing Teachers’ Professional Knowledge in Connecting the World of Work to Inquiry Based Science Teaching: Case of Norway. Conference proceedings. New perspectives in science education.
- (2016) Implementing IBL and WoW in primary science in Norway. Science Education Research: Engaging learners for a sustainable future..
- (2016) Brine. Mathematics and Science in Life: Inquiry Learning and the World of Work.
- (2013) To float or not to float? That is the question. Inquiry-based learning in maths and science classes. What it is and how it works - examples - experiences.