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Natassa Kyriakopoulou

National Kapodistrian University of Athens

SIG Coordinator

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Jake McMullen

University of Turku, Finland

SIG Coordinator

Mission Statement

The SIG brings together researchers from the fields of education, cognitive and developmental psychology and several others with the purpose of investigating the problem of conceptual change in development, learning, and instruction. Research on conceptual change has provided detailed descriptions and explanations of learners' difficulties in diverse areas, such as physics, mathematics, biology and history. Under the common denominator of the conceptual change approach to learning, several theoretical assumptions have served as a source of hypotheses and have guided rich and fruitful research agendas. The SIG has been exploring the possibility to synthesize constructivist and socio-cultural perspectives on learning and to investigate the effect of epistemological beliefs and ‘hot cognition' factors on conceptual change learning. The implications of research on conceptual change in the design of instruction are currently among the priorities of the SIG.

SIG 3 Video

SIG 3 Online Meeting Series

Next Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 17:00 – 18:15 CEST

Markus Bohlmann from the University of Münster will speak about „Concepts in Philosophy: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Concepts and Conceptual Change”. You can join the event here:

If you have any questions, please contact Christian Thurn at

Previous Meetings

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 17:00-18:15 CET.

Description: Gertraud Benke from the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt will raise a discussion about: “What do you mean, when you talk about ‘concepts’? A brief input on the unity and diversity of the concept of concept.“

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 17:00-18:15 CET.

Description: Peter Edelsbrunner from ETH Zurich will talk about: “Is Inhibition really an important construct for education, and what is it anyway? A cognitive-psychometric discussion based on new data from the statement-verification paradigm."

Date: Monday, January 30, 2023, from 16:00–17:15 CET.

Description: “What Conceptual Change is and What it is not”. Konstantinos Christou will give a 35 min introduction of the topic and then we will openly discuss current issues together.

SIG 3 Members' Page

Via our new members' page you will be able to access some extra SIG 3 related content (e.g. recordings of the SIG 3 Online Meetings, etc.).

The following link will redirect you to the SIG 3 Members' Page:

P.S. In order to log in, you will need to use your EARLI user credentials.

Next Conference

The next SIG 03 Conference will be held at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, August 27–30, 2024. More information can be found on the conference website.

Past Conferences

12th International Conference on Conceptual Change

  • Theme: Learning with Conceptual Change in Higher Education and Professional Practice
  • Date: August 24-27th, 2022
  • Place: Zwolle, The Netherlands

12th International Conference on Conceptual Change (CANCELLED)

  • Theme: Learning with Conceptual Change during Working Life - Conceptual Change in Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • Date: June 24-27th, 2020
  • Place: Zwolle, The Netherlands

11th International Conference on Conceptual Change

  • Theme: Epistemic Cognition and Conceptual Change
  • Date: 29 August – 1 September 2018 (preceded by a two-day Summer School for PhD students)
  • Place: Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria