Wolff-Michael Roth
  Lansdowne Professor, Applied Cognitive Science, Emeritus




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co/editor of

.FQS: Forum Qualitative Social Research

2 book series: .SENSE: science & math
.SENSE: culture & history

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Wolff-Michael Roth
MacLaurin Building A567
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
V8P 5C2


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cv details
update: Sep-20-2013



Awards & Fellowships


ICSE 2016-V2025 Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Software Engineering Visions for 2025 for the paper "Wide-Field Ethnography: Studying Software Engineering in 2025 and Beyond" (Austin, TX, May 14–22, 2016) (with D. Socha, R. Adams, K. Franznick, K. Sullivan, J. Tenenberg, & S. Walter)


The Cambridge Handbook for Engineering Education Research (ed. Johry & Olds), in which I have the chapter "The social nature of representational engineering knowledge," received the AERA Division I Outstanding Publication Award for Books in 2014, Chicago, April 2015.


Research Fellow L'Institut de léducation, École Nationale Supérieure, Lyon, France.


CACS Publication Award from the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies for the paper "Activism: A Category for Theorizing Learning" (Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 10, 278-291). The award committee recognizes "its theoretical sophistication and nuanced attention to activism, its poignancy, its relevance to both the Canadian and international context and its potential for forging new ground by transforming pedagogy and curriculum (e.g., through addressing important environmental and ethical issues)."


Doctor honoris causae from the University of Ioannina, Greece.


Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology for the edited book (with K. Ercikan) Generalizing from Educational Research: Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Polarization (Routledge, 2009).


Distinguished Contributions Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching for continued contributions to, leadership in, and substantial impact on science education through research.


Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for education researchers with sub-stantial research accomplishments. (February 2009)


Fellow of the American Association of Advancement of Science for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.


AERA SIG Advanced Technologies for Learning /Learning Sciences Best Paper Award 2008 (with Pei-Ling Hsu).


Fellow of the British Society. (September 2007)


The Coast Under Stress research team, of which I was a member, received the University of Victoria 2007 Craigdarroch Award for Societal Contribution.


The book Improving Urban Science Education (Eds. K. Tobin, R. Elmesky, & G. Seiler) to which I contributed the chapter entitled "Organizational Mediation of Urban Science," received the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title 2006.


2006 CEA-Whitworth Award for Education Research (Canadian Education Association.)


Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence 2006 (Outstanding Paper "The (unlikely) trajectory of learning in a salmon hatchery," Journal of Workplace Learning. (with Yew Jin Lee)).


Mouton d'Or 2006 (To the author of the best article each year in SEMIOTICA. The article is selected by an independent international jury. (with Michael H.G. Hoffmann)).


AERA Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education 2005 (American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Quebec, April 2005.).


Most Influential Article of 40 Years: Roth, W.-M., & Roychoudhury, A. (1994). Physics students' epistemologies and views about knowing and learning. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 31, 5-30 is one of 13 articles judged to have, perhaps, the greatest influence among the many published during the first 40 years of the journal's publication. (2003).


NARST Award 2003 (Paper with greatest significance and potential in the field of science education) National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Diego, April 2003).


CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title 2002 ("Selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important--often the first--treatment of their subject." Choice Magazine, January 2003.).


EARLI 2001 Award. (Outstanding research article published in peer-reviewed journal) Freiburg, Switzerland, August 2001. (with M. K. McGinn, C. Woszczyna, & S. Boutonné)


AETS Award I for the Outstanding Science Educator 1999. Akron, Ohio, January 8, 2000. (Association for the Education of Teachers of Science.)


EARLI 1999 Award (Second Prize). (Best research article published in peer-reviewed journal) Göteborg, Sweden, August 1999. (with C. McRobbie, K. Lucas, & S. Boutonné)


Research Fellow: Hanse Institute for Advance Studies (Cognitive neurosciences and information sciences). (Delmenhorst, Germany, May-July 1999.)


NARSTAward 1997 (Paper with greatest significance and potential in the field of science education) National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Diego, April 1998. (with R. Duit, M. Komorek, & J. Wilbers)


Research Fellow: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD] (Kiel, Germany, Sep-Dec 1995): Situated cognition in high school neurobiology. (DAAD = German Academic Exchange Service.)


Research Fellow: Center for Science and Mathematics Education [CSME] (Queensland U of Tech, Jun-Aug 1995): Situated cognition in physics.


NARST Award 1995 (Paper with greatest significance and potential in the field of science education) National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Francisco, April 1995.


AERA Div K-Kappa Delta Pi Research Award 1994 (for outstanding and programmatic research in teaching and teacher education). American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 1994.


NARST Award 1994, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Anaheim, April 1994. (with G. M. Bowen)


NARST Early Career Research Award 1993 (for outstanding and programmatic research in science education). National Association for Research in Science Teaching, April 1993.


NARST Award 1993, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Atlanta, April 1993.


Wendy MacDonald Research Fellowship 1992-1993. Simon Fraser University.



selected works (2012-18)

- "Becoming and belonging"
- Experiencing (pereživanie) as developmental category
- Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Vološinov
- Birth of intentions
- Event-in-the-making*
- Post-constructivist ethics
- Sociocultural perspectives
- Situated cognition
- Origin of signs
- "symmetrical ZPD"
- ZPD symmetrically

making trouble

- "Limits of generalizing"
- "Meaning means nothing"
- Translation—the possible impossible
- Radically different method
- More reflexivity
- Auto/ethnography + ethics
- Rejecting "tofunaise"
- On editing . . .
- Ethics as social practice
- Political ethics, unethical politics
- Vagaries + politics of funding 1
- Vagaries + politics of funding 2
- Editorial power/authorial suffering


- Radical passivity
- On responsibility . . .
- Solidarity
- Education and diversity of life
- Living/Lived Math
- Representing mathematical performance
- Societal mediation of mathematical cognition
- Limits to general expertise
- Struggle over water 2
- Science and the good citizen
Scientific literacy