Cristiano Moura

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education

Research Interests

My research interests focus primarily on the ways that historical, philosophical and sociological approaches to science can be used to foster justice-centred science education in K-12 and teacher education contexts. Following this main focus, one of my current projects aims to interrogate the de-politicized character of the Nature of Science (NOS) in science education, proposing a re-politicization of it from a deeper intersection between NOS and students’ identities and subjectivities. Departing from this umbrella theme and drawing from STS (Science and Technology Studies), educational theory and the (Cultural) History of Science scholarships, I also have been reflecting on the boundaries of science education and on what the socio-political turn of science education might mean in a (post-pandemic) scenario of an acute global crisis on social and environmental spheres.

I am currently accepting new master’s and PhD Students.

Courses

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

Research 

2023-2025

Advancing Socio-political Aspects in History and Nature of Science Research in Science Education
Principal Investigator: Cristiano Barbosa de Moura
Simon Fraser University Start-up Grant.

Academic Background Education 

  • Ph.D., Science, Technology and Education. Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Brazil). 2019.
  • M.A., Science, Technology and Education. Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Brazil). 2014.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry Education, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. 2013.

Academic and Professional Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, 2023–Present.
  • Assistant Professor (and High School Chemistry Teacher), Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Brazil), 2015–2023.
  • Elementary Science Teacher, Escola Parque (Brazil), 2015–2015.
  • High School Chemistry Teacher, Colégio de Aplicação da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2013–2014.

Teaching and Supervision 

Graduate Student Supervision 

PhD

Fabiano Fernandes Oliveira. 2023. Discussing National Science production in Nuclear Physics in Early 20th century: a proposal to Science Teaching from a cultural-historical approach. Co-supervision with Andreia Guerra. Science, Technology and Education Graduate Program, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca.

M.A.

Phillipe Porto. 2023. Advancing Nature of Science for Social Justice: a case study in a biology high school classroom. Co-supervision with Hagop Yacoubian. Science,Technology and Education Graduate Program, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca.

Tainá Lanza dos Santos Muniz. 2021. An extraordinary Woman? Elements for discussion about women’s participation in science from the History of Laura Bassi. Science, Technology and Education Graduate Program, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca.

Douglas da Costa Cardinot. 2020. Sociocultural relationships and scientific practices in the institutionalization and professionalization of science in Brazil during the second half of the 20th century. Co-supervision with Andreia Guerra. Science, Technology and Education Graduate Program, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca.

Selected Publications 

Refereed Journal Articles 

Cardinot, D.; Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2023). Challenging the “Science from nowhere” perspective in the classroom: an action research about a historical case of Brazilian science. Science & Education, 32(2), 327-359. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11191-021-00311-1

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2023). Dwelling in borderlands: a conversation between two science teachers-researchers. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 18(1), 257-275. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-023-10166-3

Moura, C. B.; Alsop. S.; Camel, T. & Guerra, A. (2023, in press) Science education in a world in crisis: contributions “from the south” to a defense of a cultural-historical approach in science teaching. Cultural Studies of Science Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-022-10129-0

Guerra, A., Moura, C. B. (2022). History of Science in Teaching in a Cultural Perspective: revisiting some principles from a Global South view [in Portuguese]. Ciência & Educação (Brazil), 28, e22018. https://doi.org/10.1590/1516-731320220018

Moura, C. B. (2021). History of Science in Science Education: for what? New directions in a sociopolitical perspective [in Portuguese]. Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Ciências e Matemática, 4(3), 1155-1178. (invited) https://doi.org/10.5335/rbecm.v4i3.12900

Moura, C. B.; Nascimento, M. M. & Lima, N. W. (2021). Epistemic and political confrontations around the public policies to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Science & Education, 30(3), 501-525. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11191-021-00193-3

Moura, C. B. (2021) Science Education research practices and its boundaries: on methodological and epistemological challenges. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 16(1), 305-315. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-020-09984-6

Moura, C. B.; Camel, T. & Guerra, A. (2020). Nature of Science through Curriculum Theory’ lenses: Curricular Normativity, Contextualization and the Meanings of Teaching about Science [in Portuguese]. Ensaio: Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências, 22, e15631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1983-21172020210114

Camel, T.; Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2019). Chemical Revolution and Historiography: a perspective from Cultural History of Science for Chemistry Teaching [in Portuguese]. Educación Química (Mexico), 30(1), 136-148. https://dx.doi.org/10.22201/fq.18708404e.2019.1.65094

Moura, C. B. (2018). Chemistry & Art: Exploring creative paths in a project with High School Students [in Portuguese]. Revista Debates em Ensino de Química (Brazil), 4(1-especial), 118-132. http://www.journals.ufrpe.br/index.php/REDEQUIM/article/view/1651

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2016). Reflections on the construction process of science in chemistry classes: a case study through the history of atomic models [in Portuguese]. Revista Electrónica de Investigación en Educación en Ciencias (Argentina), 11(2), 64-77. http://ref.scielo.org/4m6z3n

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2016). Cultural History of Science: A possible approach for discussing scientific practices in Science Teaching? Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências 16(3), 749-771. http://periodicos.ufmg.br/index.php/rbpec/article/view/4587

Chapters in Books 

Moura, C. B. (2023, in press) Acting in the “cracks” of curricular normativity through the History of Science in Science Education. In: A. Galamba; H. Gandolfi (Eds.) Critical Pedagogies in Science Education: Ideas and Experiences from Brazil and the UK. UK: Kings College London & British Council.

Moura, C. B., Guerra, A. (2022) Rethinking historical approaches for Science Education in the Anthropocene. In: M. F. G. Wallace, J. Bazzul; M. Higgins; S. Tolbert (Eds.) Rethinking Science Education in the Anthropocene (pp. 215-228). NY: Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-79622-8_13

Silva, J. R. R. T. & Moura, C. B. (2021) Alchemy. In: V. P. Glaveanu (Ed.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible. NY: Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_192-1

Moura, C. B.; Jager, I. & Guerra, A. (2020). Teaching about sciences in/for the Global South: a case study in a Brazilian classroom. In: H. Yacoubian; L. Hansson (Eds.) Nature of Science for Social Justice (pp. 137-155). Chamonix: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47260-3_8

Camel, T. & Moura, C. B. (2020). Controversies about the study of Chemical Reactions in 18th century [in Portuguese]. In: R. L. Coelho; C. Faria; B. Valente; P. Maurício (Orgs.). History and Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching Proceedings Lisboa 2019 (pp. 197-211). Durën: Shaker Verlag. https://doi.org/10.2370/9783844074437

Moura, C. B. & Camel, T. (2020). A historical episode on planetary Atomic Models: Ernest Rutherford and Hantaro Nagaoka [in Portuguese]. In: R. L. Coelho; C. Faria; B. Valente; P. Maurício (Orgs.). History and Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching Proceedings. Lisboa 2019 (pp. 212-228). Durën: Shaker Verlag. https://doi.org/10.2370/9783844074437

Bernardo, R. A., Rossi, M. A. S. L., Moura, C. B. & Monteiro, B. A. P. (2017). Chemistry of Inorganic Functions and Mining Activities Conflicts: History, labour and Environment [in Portuguese]. In: R. D. V. L. Oliveira; G. R. P. C. Queiroz. (Orgs). Conteúdos Cordiais: Química humanizada para uma Escola sem Mordaça (p.27-38). São Paulo: Livraria da Física.

Guest Editorial 

Lima, N. W., Moura, C. B., Quintanilla, M., Adúriz-Bravo, A. (2022). Editorial: History of Science for a future-oriented Science Education: contemporary challenges to Latin America. Revista Brasileira de História da Ciência, 15(2), 378-385. https://doi.org/10.53727/rbhc.v15i2.859

Guerra, A.; Moura, C. B. & Gurgel, I. (2020). Editorial: On Science Education, ruptures and (im)possible futures [in Portuguese]. Caderno Brasileiro de Ensinode Física 37(3), 1010-1019. https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-7941.2020v37n3p1010

Moura, C. B. (2019). Editorial: Science Education and Social Justice – Questions for debate [in portuguese]. Caderno Brasileiro de Ensino de Física 36(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-7941.2019v36n1p1

Book Prefaces

Moura, C. B. Preface [in Portuguese]. Franco, L. G. (Org.) Ciência em contexto: propostas para construir espaços-tempos de ciência na escola. São Paulo: Editora na Raiz. https://zenodo.org/record/5242285

Conference and Invited Presentations 

Selected Invited Presentations

Moura, C. B. (2021). Cultural History and Science Education. First (Virtual) Meeting on History, Philosophy and Physics Education of Southern Brazil. Virtual Meeting organized by UPF, UFRGS, IFSC, UFSC and PUC-RS. May/2021. (Short course / main program)

Moura, C. B., Gandolfi, H. (2021). Roundtable: Emergent perspectives in History of Chemistry and Science Teaching: Cultural History and Global History of Science. XX National Meeting on Chemistry Education (Brazil). The Federal University of Pernambuco. March/2021. (Roundtable / main program)

Moura, C. B. (2020). Science Education at the “COVID19 portal”: Problematizing human-nature relationship through History and Philosophy of Science. SIFORED 2020 International Conference. Universidad Antonio Nariño (Colombia). Nov/2020. (Keynote / main program)

Selected Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations 

Guerra, A. & Moura, C. B. (2023). The role of nature of science in tackling societal emergencies: An international perspective. (Symposium paper, Organizer: Wonyong Park). 2023 NARST (National Association of Research in Science Teaching) Annual International Conference. April 18-21, 2023. Chicago, IL, USA.

Moura, C. B. Lima, N. & Nascimento, M. (2022). From teaching science in a political context to politicized science education: reflections from the pandemic and beyond. (Symposium paper, Organizer: Cristiano Moura). XX International Organization for Science and Technology Education Symposium. July 25-29, 2022. Recife, PE, Brazil.

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2022). Nature of Science for Social Justice as radically context-grounded explorations: an analysis of multiple cases using historical approaches. Symposium paper (Organizer: Cristiano Moura). XX International Organization for Science and Technology Education Symposium. July 25-29, 2022. Recife, PE, Brazil.

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2022). Roundtable: Continuing the Discussions on Nature of Science for Social Justice: Exploring Possibilities for Future Research and Collaborations. (Coord: Hagop Yacoubian and Lena Hansson). 16th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Biennial Conference Proceedings. July 3-7, 2022. Calgary, AB, Canada.

Moura, C. B., Cardinot, D. & Guerra, A. (2022). Approximating historical cases to students’ realities: a case using Brazilian science. Paper Presentation. 16th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Biennial Conference Proceedings. July 3-7, 2022. Calgary, AB, Canada.

Lanza, T. & Moura, C. B. (2021). Women in History of Science: a review in Science Education research field in Brazil [in Portuguese]. Paper Presentation. IX Congreso Internacional sobre Formación de Profesores de Ciencias. October, 13-15, 2021. Bogotá, CD, Colombia. Proceedings in: Journal Tecné, Episteme y Didaxis (special issue), 2021, p. 1838-1844.

Lanza, T. & Moura, C. B. (2021). Analysis of historical images and the Cultural History of Science: a case study from Laura Bassi’s History [in Portuguese]. Paper presentation. XIII Encontro Nacional de Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências electronic proceedings.

Moura, C. B. (2021). History and Nature of Science at Brazilian Learning Standards: an analysis from FRA approach [in Portuguese]. Paper presentation. XIII Encontro Nacional de Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências electronic proceedings.

Guimarães, L. P. & Moura, C. B. (2021). Nature of Science at Brazilian Learning Standards: which science are we teaching? [in Portuguese]. Paper presentation. XIII Encontro Nacional de Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências electronic proceedings.

Moura, C. B. & Lima, N. W. (2019). Stop teaching science: A philosophical framework to depart from Science Education into Deep Ecological Education. Paper Presentation. 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Biennial Conference Electronic Proceedings, 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2019). Nature of Science and Social Justice: contributions from the South. Symposium paper (Organizer: Andreia Guerra). Symposium title: Science Education in a Damaged World: Nature of Science and Social Justice. 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Biennial Conference Electronic Proceedings, July, 15-19, 2019. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Moura, C. B.; Camel, T. ; Guerra, A. (2018). Teachers and the historical approach in science education: a view from the everyday curriculum’ perspective. Paper Presentation. XVIII IOSTE International Organization for Science and Technology Education Symposium. August, 13-17, 2018. Malmö, Sweden.

Moura, C. B.; Guerra, A.; Amaral, P. & Oliveira, F. F. (2017). Between the historical and the contemporary: approaching scientific practices in a course about history and philosophy of sciences [in Portuguese]. Symposium (Organizer: Agustín Adúriz-Bravo). Symposium title: New conception on the Nature of Science. X Congreso Internacional sobre Investigación en Didáctica de las Ciencias (España), Proceedings in: Revista Enseñanza de las Ciencias, 2017(extra), 3517-3523.

Silva, D. A., Guerra, A., & Moura, C. B. (2017). Women participation in Science: exploring higher education physics teachers’ opinions [in Portuguese] Paper Presentation. XXII Simpósio Nacional de Ensino de Física, 2017, São Carlos. São Paulo: SBF.

Moura, C. B. & Guerra, A. (2016). Conflicts in historical approaches to themes that are consolidated in school science: a case study about atomic models [in Portuguese]. Paper Presentation. VII Congreso Internacional sobre Formación de Profesores de Ciencias. Bogotá, CD, Colombia. Proceedings in: Journal Tecné, Episteme y Didaxis (special issue), 2016(extra), pp. 797-803.

Other Invited Presentations 

Moura, C. B. History of Science in Science Education in a sociopolitical perspective. Seminar at the Federal University of Bahia / Graduate Program in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. December/2022.

Moura, C. B. Challenges of contemporaty Science and Health Education. Invited speaker in a roundtable at the Graduate Journey of NUTES Institute – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. November/2022. (Roundtable / main program)

Maramante, L. & Moura, C. B. Interview to Dr. Evodia Setati and Dr. Thato Motlhalamme, authors of “Holding The Knife's Edge: Journeys of Black Female Scientists” as part of the 4th IHPST Group Webinar. 30/November/2021.

Moura, C. B. History of Science and future of Science Education. Closing lecture at lato sensu postgraduate program in History, Science, Teaching and Society. Federal University of ABC. July/2021.

Moura, C. B., Silva, J. L. P. B. History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and Chemistry Teaching. SBEnQ Roundtable series with Brazilian Researchers in Chemistry Education. Brazilian Society of Chemistry Teaching (SBEnQ) / Online Event. June/2021.

Moura, C. B. History and Nature of Science in Chemistry Teaching: Reflections on curriculum for current times. Seminar at Graduate Program in Chemistry Teaching. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. June/2021.

Yacoubian, H., Hansson, L., Moura, C. B., Guerra, A., Allchin, D., Avraamidou, L., Bencze, L., Erduran, S., Dagher, Z., Kaya, E., Leden, L. First 2021 IHPST Group Webinar: Towards a research agenda in Nature of Science for Social Justice. Apr/2021.

Moura, C. B. Historical approaches to a politicized Chemistry Teaching. Virtual Week on Chemistry, Federal University of Tocantins (Brazil). Jun/2020. (Lecture / main program)

Moura, C. B. Nature of Science for Latin-American contexts. Cultural History of Science for Science Education. Seminar at Graduate Program in Chemistry Teaching. Universidad Pedagogica Nacional (Colombia). May/2020.

Moura, C. B. Ether synthesis in history: decolonial perspectives in History of Science for Chemistry Education. Seminar at Graduate Program in Chemistry Teaching. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Apr/2019.

Moura, C. B. History of Science and Science Education: traditions and new frontiers in a cultural perspective. Seminar to Master of Teaching Science Program. OISE / University of Toronto. Mar/2018.

Moura, C. B. Teaching Sciences in contemporaneity: teachers’ work among curricular pressures, new technologies and contemporary demands. Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro at Duque de Caxias. Dec/2017.

Moura, C. B. Roundtable: History of Science in Chemistry Education. 1st Meeting of Rio Network for Chemistry Teaching. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro at Macaé. Oct/2017. (Roundtable / main program)

Moura, C. B. Atoms of colour and controversies: travelling through atomic models at the end of 19th century. Talk to the general public. Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro. Nov/2016.

Moura, C. B. Cultural History of Sciences. Seminar at Graduate Program in Chemistry Teaching. Universidad Pedagogica Nacional (Colombia). Oct/2016.

Moura, C. B. Cultural History of Science: new perspectives for the inclusion of History of Science in Science Education. Seminar at Graduate Program in Chemistry Teaching. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Mar/2016.

Moura, C. B. Roundtable: Human Rights, Citizenship and Political culture: a new agenda for chemistry teachers training. XVIII National Meeting on Chemistry Education. Federal University of Santa Catarina. Jul/2016. (Roundtable / main program)

Moura, C. B. Roundtable - Science in Brazil: Where are we going?. Roundtable at National Week on Science and Technology. Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro at Niterói. Oct/2018. (Roundtable / main program)

Conferences - Organization

5th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group – Latin American Conference 2023. August 9-11, 2023. Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Role: International Organizing Committee.

XX IOSTE (International Organization for Science and Technology Education) Symposium. July 25-29, 2022. Recife, PE, Brazil. Role: Secretary and Chair of Early Career & PhD Meeting (with Catalina Iturbe and Gonzalo Guerrero, from Chile).

13th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Biennial Conference 2015. July 22-25, 2015. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. Role: Local Organizing Team and Chair of Special Pre-conference on History and Philosophy of Science in Classroom practice (with Luciana Fiuza and Marlon Alcantara).

Conferences - Scientific Committee 

II International Congress on the History of Science in Education. October 26-29, 2021. Organized by UTAD (Portugal), UNICAMP (Brazil) and PUC-SP (Brazil). Virtual Meeting.

First (Virtual) Meeting on History, Philosophy and Physics Education of Southern Brazil. May 26-28, 2021. Organized by UPF, UFRGS, UFSC, PUC-RS and IFSC, all institutions from Brazil. Virtual Meeting.

XIII Meeting of Brazilian Association for Research in Science Education, 2021. Coordinator of Strand “History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science in Science Teaching”, online. (with Andreia Guerra, Aroldo Silva and Abigail Vital).

XX National Meeting of Chemistry Education, 2021. Coordinator of Strand “History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science in Chemistry Teaching”, online.

VIII Doctoral School of Brazilian Association for Research in Science Education. November 23-26, 2020. Virtual Meeting. I served as a mentor for PhD students, advising Brazilian PhD candidates in different stages of their projects.

2nd South America Regional Meeting of IOSTE (International Organization for Science and Technology Education). June 24th, 2019.

Awards and Recognitions

Best 2019 Doctorate Thesis Award at Science, Technology & Education Graduate Program. Nominated for CAPES thesis award and Brazilian Society for the History of Science biennial thesis award. CEFET/RJ, 2019.

Cum Laude diploma as a recognition for outstanding performance during Chemistry Education B.Ed. course (finished in 2013). Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2015.

Service

Editorial Service 

As Associate or Section Editor 

Section Editor. Revista Debates em Ensino de Química. ISSN: 2447-6099. From 2019-present.

Associate Editor. Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa em Educação em Ciências. e-ISSN: 1984-2686. From 2019 to 2021.

As Guest Editor

Guest Editor. Revista Brasileira de História da Ciência. ISSN 2176-3275. With Nathan Lima (UFRGS, Brazil), Agustín Aduríz-Bravo (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Mario Quintanilla-Gatica (Pontifical University of Chile). Special issue on “The History of Science for a future-oriented science education: contemporary challenges in Latin America” published in 2022.

Guest Editor. Caderno Brasileiro de Ensino de Física. e-ISSN 2175-7941. With Andreia Guerra (CEFET/RJ, Brazil) and Ivã Gurgel (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil). Special issue on “Science and Science Education in post-truth times” published in 2020.