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Background. Dr Chu joined Macquarie University’s Department of Educational Studies as a Lecturer in January 2015. Before joining Macquarie she was Assistant Professor in the Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group in the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. At NIE she coordinated and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in physics teaching methods, assessment in science and science education research methods, and carried out research on students’ conceptual development and beliefs in science learning.

Before joining NIE, she worked with Prof David F Treagust at Curtin Univeristy in Perth as a post-doctoral research fellow. Their main research focus was developing two-tier diagnostic assessment questions to support school teachers' lesson design as well as on-going classroom assessment.

After her PhD studies, she worked at Dankook University in Korea as a lecturer and researcher. She taught general physics courses for first year univeristy students and science education courses in undergradute and graduate schools. She was involved in Korean students' enviromental literacy project as a lead research fellow. The project conducted across 9 schools in urban and rural areas involving more than 7,000 students in Years 3, 5, 8 and 11. 

Teaching. At Macquarie University she teaches courses in secondary science pedagogy, where she encourages student teachers to study and apply evidence-based methods of making science relevant to young learners’ everyday life.

Research. Her research has been focused in the areas of monitoring students’ understanding of science concepts, implementation of formative assessment in science classrooms, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching science, affective factors affecting science learning, and the integration of the arts into the teaching of science and science related subjects (STEAM). Her research in conceptual development in science learning,  tracking of students’ concept development through text (language) analysis, the interdisciplinary teaching of environmental literacy project with science, and the influence of student beliefs on science learning has been published in leading science education journals.  

Current Project. Her current research project is a STEAM project to study ways of integrating the arts and culture into the teaching of science, and the impact of STEAM on students’ concept development in science and on their beliefs about and engagement in science study. Since 2015 she has been awarded several Australian and international grants to fund her research on STEAM.

Recently, she is working on a collaborative project with Prof Dietmar Höttecke at Univerisity of Hamburg about teacher's professional vision. The focus of study is on language sensitive physics teaching and learning. 

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