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Dr Saeed Salimpour

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Position

Alfred Deakin Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2021
Master of Science, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 2016

Biography

Saeed is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at REDI, and an Associate Researcher in astronomy education at the International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Education/Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy. He has a background in Cosmology, Visual Art/Design, and Education. His research interest crosses disciplinary boundaries and includes Science and Astronomy Education (with a focus on Cosmology), Creativity, Representations, Aesthetics, Big Data Visualisation, Learning Progressions, Concept Inventories, VR/AR, Curriculum Development, Indigenous/Cultural Astronomy, and Student Research in Astronomy. He has worked with international collaborations in astronomy education research; implemented research-based astronomy projects involving colour imaging and exoplanet science for middle and secondary school students; conducted teacher training workshops; taught high school physics and middle school design; lectured at university; exhibited in art exhibitions; and given public talks on various topics about the Universe. His goal is to bring the science and beauty of Cosmos to everyone, whilst working at the interface of Science, Art, and Education. He believes in “being curious for the sake of finding things out!”

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Biography summary

Saeed is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of Cosmology, Visual Art/Design, and Education.

Research interests

My reseach focuses on the intersection of astronomy (particularly cosmology), visual arts and education. 

Within this intersection, I explore various topics which includes: Aesthetics, Creativity, Representations, Big Data Visualisation, Learning Progressions, Concept Inventories, VR/AR, Curriculum Development, Indigenous/Cultural Astronomy, and Student Research in Astronomy.

Within the context of astronomy I work in developing and deploying astronomical data analysis tools which can be used in the context of education and student research.

Affiliations

International Astronomical Union

Astronomical Society of Australia

Knowledge areas

Cosmology, Astronomy, Science Education

Research groups

REDI (Research for Educational Impact)

STEME Group

Awards

2023 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2018 Victoria College Foundation Scholarship

Publications

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2024

Examining the mismatch between the intended astronomy curriculum content, astronomical literacy, and the astronomical universe

Saeed Salimpour, Michael Fitzgerald, Robert Hollow

(2024), Vol. 20, pp. 1-15, Physical Review Physics Education Research, College Park, Md., C1

journal article
2023

Is the Universe Infinite? Characterising a Hierarchy of Reasoning in Student Conceptions of Cosmology Concepts Using Open-Ended Surveys

S Salimpour, R Tytler, M Fitzgerald, U Eriksson

(2023), Vol. 6, pp. 102-129, Journal for STEM Education Research, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Confirmatory factor analysis of two self-efficacy scales for astronomy understanding and robotic telescope use

R Freed, D McKinnon, M Fitzgerald, S Salimpour

(2023), Vol. 19, pp. 1-9, Physical Review Physics Education Research, College Park, Md., C1

journal article
2022

Cosmic Aesthetics: Harmonising Varying Theoretical Perspectives in a Thesis by Publication

Saeed Salimpour, Russell Tytler, Michael Fitzgerald, Urban Eriksson

(2022), pp. 326-349, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research Volume 3, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Cosmic Interaction: A review of the Literature on Cosmology, Religion, and the Big Questions in the Context of Astronomy Education Research

S Salimpour, M Fitzgerald

(2022), Vol. 31, pp. 819-849, Science and Education, C1

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Conceptualising the Cosmos: Development and Validation of the Cosmology Concept Inventory for High School

S Salimpour, R Tytler, B Doig, M Fitzgerald, U Eriksson

(2022), International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, C1

journal article

Astronomy and Culture: A Social Semiotic Perspective on the Role of Culture in Astronomy Education

Saeed Salimpour, Michael Fitzgerald

(2022), Science & Education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Toward the Confirmation of an Ultra-Short Period Hot Jupiter "Puffy Planet" with a Near Grazing Transit, TOI-2341.01

Darcy Wenn, Oscar Greets, Derrick Liu, Saeed Salimpour, Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Yen

(2022), Vol. 50, pp. 156-167, Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Cmbridge, Mass., C1

journal article
2021

The Gateway Science: a Review of Astronomy in the OECD School Curricula, Including China and South Africa

S Salimpour, S Bartlett, M Fitzgerald, D McKinnon, K Cutts, C James, S Miller, L Danaia, R Hollow, S Cabezon, M Faye, A Tomita, C Max, M de Korte, C Baudouin, D Birkenbauma, M Kallery, S Anjos, Q Wu, H Chu, E Slater, A Ortiz-Gil

(2021), Vol. 51, pp. 975-996, Research in Science Education, C1

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Educational Design Framework for a Web-Based Interface to Visualise Authentic Cosmological "Big Data" in High School

S Salimpour, M Fitzgerald, R Tytler, U Eriksson

(2021), Vol. 30, pp. 732-750, Journal of Science Education and Technology, C1

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Cosmos visualized: Development of a qualitative framework for analyzing representations in cosmology education

S Salimpour, R Tytler, U Eriksson, M Fitzgerald

(2021), Vol. 17, Physical Review Physics Education Research, C1

journal article
2020

Exploring the cosmos: The challenge of identifying patterns and conceptual progressions from student survey responses in cosmology.

Saeed Salimpour, Russell Tytler, Michael Fitzgerald

(2020), Vol. 1, pp. 203-228, Methodological Approaches to STEM Education Research, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

An exoplanet transit observing method using LCO telescopes, exorequest and astrosource

Jay Sarva, Rachel Freed, Michael Fitzgerald, Saeed Salimpour

(2020), Vol. 1, pp. 34-43, Astronomy: theory, observation and methods, [Melbourne, Vic.], C1

journal article
2019

A Glass Ceiling in AER?: A preliminary glimpse at the distribution of authors by gender in the iSTAR (istardb.org) database

Saeed Salimpour, Michael Fitzgerald

(2019), Vol. 2, pp. 1-8, RTSRE 2018 : Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings, Hilo, Hawaii, E1

conference

Capturing the Cosmos: Teaching Astronomy (and more) through Astrophotography in Middle School

Saeed Salimpour

(2019), pp. 1-18, RTSRE 2018 : Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings, Hilo, Hawaii, E1

conference
2018

Our Solar Siblings. A high school focussed robotic telescope-based astronomy education project

Michael Fitzgerald, David McKinnon, Lena Danaia, Ross Cutts, Saeed Salimpour, Mariana Sacchi

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 217-231, RTSRE 2017 : Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings, San Diego, California, E1

conference

Robotic Telescopes and Student Research in the School Curriculum around the OECD countries

Saeed Salimpour, Sophie Bartlett, Michael Fitzgerald, K Cutts, C James, Scott Miller, Lena Danaia, Sergio Cabezon, Michael Faye, Cyrille Baudouin, Diana Birkenbauma, Sara Anjos, Qixuan Wu, Hye-Eun Chu, Eileen Slater

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 33-40, RTSRE 2017 : Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Proceedings, San Diego, California, E1

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Self-efficacy changes and gender effects on self-efficacy in a large-scale robotic telescope focused curriculum

Rachel Freed, David McKinnon, Saeed Salimpour, Michael Fitzgerald, Dan Reichart, Christina Norris

(), Vol. 20, Physical Review Physics Education Research, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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