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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. 

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, the interdisciplinary teaching of environmental literacy 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 three grants to fund her research on STEAM.




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