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Nina Pavlin-Bernardić, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

 

Nina Pavlin-Bernardic graduated psychology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb in 2003 and received her PhD degree in 2010 (the theme of her dissertation was "Mathematical problem solving strategies: testing children’s strategy choices and discoveries model"). In 2004, she started working at the Chair for School Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, as a junior research assistant. She became a senior research assistant in 2010, and in 2012 she became an assistant professor, employed at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Centre for Croatian Studies in Zagreb.
She has participated in several scientific projects in the area of educational psychology. Most recently, she was a leader of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' team on the multidisciplinary project "ICT Competence Network for Innovative Services for Persons with Complex Communication Needs", which was partly funded by European Union.
She has completed several additional educations and trainings in the area of educational psychology and methodology of teaching psychology (e.g. "Active learning and critical thinking in higher education", "Quality assurance and evaluation in teaching", "Innovative and creative perspectives: new directions in educational research", “Workshop for PhD supervisors”), as well as in statistical analyses of data and computer programming (“Structural equation modeling”, "Multilevel analyses of cross-national survey data: concepts, strategies and applications", "Approaches to correct for missing data", "Basics of programming in C#").
She was a mentor of more than twenty graduate theses. She was also a one of the mentors for the 22nd Psychology Summer School. As a member of program and organizing committee, she participated in the organization of several international scientific conferences. She is a member of European Association for Learning and Instruction and Croatian Psychological Association.

The focus of Nina's research interest is educational psychology, namely cognitive and socio-emotional factors of learning mathematics and natural sciences, academic cheating and gifted children. She has been a team member of several scientific projects, e.g. "Cognitive and socio-emotional factors of learning mathematics", "Psychological factors of learning mathematics: achievement, strategies, motivation and goals" and "Subjective value of learning mathematics and natural sciences and academic achievement". She was also an associate on international projects "Study on the effective use of early childhood education and care in preventing early school leaving" and "Assessing childcare services in Europe". Most recently, she was a leader of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' team on the multidisciplinary project "ICT Competence Network for Innovative Services for Persons with Complex Communication Needs", and she participated in the multidisciplinary project “AAC Wearables”.
In 2014 she gave an invited lecture “Motivation for learning mathematics:  How  to  show  students  that mathematics is interesting, useful and important?” in the international conference KUPM in Slovenia.
Her recent research interest is psychology of humor.
She reviews papers for journals Ethics & Behavior, Journal of Mathematical Behavior, Croatian Journal of Education, Journal of Special Education, Psihologija, Revija za socijalnu politiku, Psihologijske teme.

Selected publications

Pavlin-Bernardić, N., Rovan, D., & Pavlović, J. (in press). Academic cheating in mathematics classes: A motivational perspective. Ethics & Behavior, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508422.2016.1265891

Rovan, D., Pavlin-Bernardić, N., & Vlahović-Štetić, V. (2013). Struktura motivacijskih uvjerenja u matematici i njihova povezanost s obrazovnim ishodima [The structure of students' motivational beliefs in mathematics and their relation to academic outcomes]. Društvena istraživanja: časopis za opća društvena pitanja, 22(3), 475-495.

Pavlin-Bernardić, N., & Mateša, B. (2012). Illusion of linearity in area and volume problems: Do metacognitive and visual scaffolds help university students? Review of Psychology, 19(2), 141-146.

Vlahović-Štetić, V., Pavlin-Bernardić, N., & Rajter, M. (2010). Illusion of linearity in geometry: Effect in multiple choice problems. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 12(1), 54-67.


Bibliography

http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=265054

Graduate study programme in psychology

Postgraduate doctoral study programme

  • Modern approaches to research of motivation for learning

Nina Pavlin-Bernardić, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Room: C-304, Tel. 4092-380
E-mail: nbernardi@ffzg.hr

Nina is the author of several book chapters and several professional papers on learning strategies, psychology of learning mathematics and gifted students. She also works as a counselor in the Counseling center for students at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She is attending the education on cognitive-behavior therapy. She cooperates with the Education and teacher training agency and has held numerous lectures and workshops for school psychologists, pedagogues and teachers. As a member of program and organizing committee, she participated in the organization of several international scientific conferences.