THE TEAM

Country Research Leads

Professor Samia Khan
University of Dundee, Scotland

Samia Khan is a Chair of Education. She graduated from the University of Alberta with degrees in science and education. Samia worked as a scientist, and following her degree in education, worked as a Canadian public-school science teacher. During her time, Samia initiated two STEM in-and out of school programs. The first program led to a mandatory science project-based inquiry course and the second lead to retention of vulnerable youth in science. Both efforts garnered the national Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Samia completed her masters and dissertation in science education at the University of Massachusetts, US under the supervision of Dr. John Clement. By graduation, Samia joined the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While at UBC, Samia has worked to understand how to improve education in STEM. Samia has published in international peer-reviewed journals in her field, such as: Science Education; Science Teacher Education, and International Journal of Science Education. She has also garnered continuous funding from the US, Canada, and the UK and been awarded a UBC Research Award and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education’s New Scholar Award for her research. Samia is now the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK. Her role in the UK is to build the research profile of the institution and research capacity of senior and emerging scholars in education.

Dr Chatree Faikhamta
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Chatree Faikhamta is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Kasetsart University, Thailand. He has taught a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses in science education such as chemistry methods course, research design in science education, science teacher professional development, etc. His research areas focus on STEM education, pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), self-study research and action research. He directed the nationally funded Developing PCK-based professional development program for prospective science teachers and their school supervisors. Chatree is involved in collaborative research in many countries such as Canada, Japan, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and UK.
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Dr Nguyen Van Bien
Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam

Dr Nguyen Van Bien is Associate Professor of Physics Education at Hanoi National University of Education. He received his undergraduate degree from Hanoi National University of Education and his Ph.D. in physics education from University of Koblenz Landau (Germany) in 2007. He has been at Hanoi National University of Education since 2001, and has served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physics since 2012. He is now national consultant on STEM Education of SESDP2 (Second Secondary Education Sector Development Program). His current research effort is devoted entirely to physics education at high school and college level. He has given courses such as “Physics high school curriculum analysis”, “Integrated science education”, “Assessment in physics education” and “ICT in physics education” for undergraduate and postgraduate students in physics education. He is a research project leader: Building simple apparatus for use in teaching mechanics session in the high school physics (2008), Application of active teaching methods in high school physics (2009), Investigation model of teacher physics books: Teaching and Learning Physics course towards innovation of teaching methods (co-chair) (2010), Open ended experiments for training experimental skills of physics teacher students (2012). He has published articles, books on constructing physics apparatus, active learning in high school physics and STEM education.

R.Ahmad Zaky El Islami
Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Indonesia

R. Ahmad Zaky El Islami is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Science Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Indonesia and Editor in Chief of Jurnal Penelitian dan Pembelajaran IPA which indexed by Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) of Web of Science (WoS) since 2015. He graduated with a bachelor degree in chemistry education from Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia, in year 2010, and a master degree in natural sciences education from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, in year 2013. Since July 2019 he is a Ph.D Student in the Doctoral Program in Science Education at Kasetsart University, Thailand. His research focuses on Science Education, Science Learning, Scientific Literacy, Self-Confidence, and STEM Education. He has published two books and has also published articles in national and international journal which indexed by scopus, web of science and other indexing machines such as Jurnal Penelitian dan Pembelajaran IPA, Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, and Jurnal Pendidikan IPA Indonesia. He is a lecturer of Basic Chemistry, Thermodinamics, Philosophy of Education, Curriculum and Learning, Modern Chemistry, and Integrated Science.

Graduate students

Vipavadee Khwaengmake
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Vipavadee Khwaengmake is a lecturer in Science at the Faculty of Education, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, Thailand since 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Biology from Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand in 2007 and graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Biotechnology from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand in 2012. She is currently a Ph.D student in Science Education at Kasetsart University, Thailand. Her advisor is Associate Professor Dr. Chatree Faikhamta. Her Ph.D. focuses on “How to develop a STEM method course” and “How to enhance STEM-PCK in pre-service science teacher for developing the ability of STEM teaching”.

Nguyen Thi To Khuyen
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Nguyen Thi To Khuyen is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Institute of Science Education of National Taiwan Normal University. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s certification from the Faculty of Physics at Hanoi National University of Education. Her Master thesis was related to teaching and learning STEM, namely developing STEM activities on Nano Technology for lower secondary pupils. Currently, her research areas focus on teacher professional development in STEM education.

Le Hai My Ngan
Hanoi National University of Education, VietNam

Le Hai My Ngan is a Ph.D. student at the Physics Department of Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE). She is currently working as a Lecturer in the Physics Department of Ho Chi Minh City University of Education (HCMUE). Her major is Physics Education Research (PER) and her Ph.D. study focuses on STEM education especially for secondary students. She has participated in some STEM education projects of HCMUE and the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam.

Tharuesean Prasoplarb
KASETSART UNIVERSITY, THAILAND

Tharuesean Prasoplarba is a masters student in Science Education at Kasetsart University, Thailand. This program is for those graduated with BSc and BEng and includes coursework as a pre-service teacher at the Kasetsart University Laboratory School Center for Educational Research and Development. His previous research was in the field of STEM Education, Project-Based Learning, Critical Thinking Skills and Creativity Skills. He conducted research on student development in the classroom. Tharuesean Prasoplarba will continue with research in the field of teacher development.

Indah Juwita Sari
UNIVERSITAS SULTAN AGENG TIRTAYASA, INDONESIA

Indah Juwita Sari is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa since 2015. She graduated with a bachelor degree in biology education from Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Indonesia, in 2012, and a master degree in biology from Institut Teknologi Bandung, in 2015. Since July 2019 she is a Ph.D Student in the Doctoral Program in Science Education at Kasetsart University, Thailand. Her research focuses on Biology Education, 21st Century Skills, High Order Thinking Skills, Computational Thinking Skills, and TPACK. She has published one book as well as articles in national and international journals indexed by scopus and other indexing machines such as Biodiversitas and Jurnal Penelitian dan Pembelajaran IPA. She is a lecturer of general biology, microbiology, biotechnology, biology cell, evolution, and media in biology learning.

Song Xue
University of dundee, scotland

Song Xue is a Ph.D. student at the School of Education and Social Work, the University of Dundee. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Dundee, he finished his postgraduate studies in the field of chemistry education in the Zhejiang Normal University, China. During his postgraduate, he worked on teaching modesl and modeling. His research mainly focused on the nature of the scientific model; developing a kind of modeling strategy to promote student’s modeling in science. He had overseas educational experience in Kaohsiung normal University, Taiwan and Ohio State University, USA. Song is working on technology-enhanced science education and aims to utilize new digital technologies.

Communications and Project Support

KARIS MCLAUGHLIN
University of dundee, scotland

Karis McLaughlin manages communications for the MII-STEM project and has a background and interest in global development. She has a BSc in Experimental Psychology from Bristol University and a MSc in Environment and International Development from the University of East Anglia, both in the UK. Karis previously worked as Communications and Events Manager for a £15 million government-funded research programme REACH: Improving water security for the poor, at the University of Oxford.