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School of Education

Dr Hye-Eun Chu

Dr Hye-Eun ChuTitle: Lecturer
Qualifications: BSc, MA, EDd, Dankook University, Korea
Phone: 02 9850 8002
Office: C3A 809


Hye-Eun has been working as an assistant professor and a research scientist at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. At NIE, she taught pre-service teacher education courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in-service teacher education courses in physics teaching methods, assessment in science and science education research methods. Hye-Eun's research interests lie in the areas of conceptual development in science learners, interdisciplinary approaches in science (e.g. environmental education, STEM education, and multicultural education), affective factors in the science classroom, evaluation of pedagogical approaches, and diagnostic/formative assessment. Prior to joining NIE, Hye-Eun spent three years as a postdoctoral research fellow working with Professor David Treagust in the Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC) of Curtin University of Technology in Perth and was funded by research grants from Dankook University in Korea and the Korean Research Foundation. Her experience at SMEC included teaching a graduate course in teaching and learning in science and mathematics and leading a colloquium in statistical analysis. She is serving as a co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Science Education Journal (Publisher: Springer) which will have its first publication in March 2015.

Selected Recent Publications


Journal Articles

Year Link Citation
2016   Park, J., Chu, H.E. & Martin, S. (2016). Korean teacher's attitudes and self-efficacy for using inquiry teaching practices with culturally and linguistically diverse students: Implications for science teacher education, EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education, 12 (7), 1799-1841. [SSCI]
2015   Martin, S., & Chu, H.E. (2015). Asia-Pacific Science Education (APSE): expanding opportunities for publishing science education research. Asia-Pacific Science Education, 1 (1). 1-18.
2015   Fulmer, G., Chu, H-E., Treagust, D., &  Neumann, K. (2015). Is it harder to choose or to explain? Analysing two-tier science assessment items using the Rasch measurement model. Asia-Pacific Science Education, 1 (1). 1-20.
2015   Park, J., Martin, S., & Chu, H.E. (2015). Examining How Structures Shape Teacher and Student Agency in Science Classrooms in an Innovative Middle School: Implications for Policy and Practice. Journal of the Korean Association for Science Education, 35(4), 773-790.  DOI : 10.14697/jkase.2015.35.4.0773  ** KCI ( IF: 1.57)
2014   Wong, C. L., Chu, H-E., & Yap, K. C. (2014). Are alternative conceptions are dependent on research methodology and definition?: A review of empirical studies related to concepts of heat. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, p1-28.  [SSCI]
2014   Wong, C. L., Chu, H-E., & Yap, K. C. (2014). Developing a framework for analyzing definitions: a study of the Feynman Lectures. International Journal of Science Education, 36(15), 2481-2513. [SSCI]
2014   Chu, H-E., & Treagust, F. D. (2014). Students' understanding of light propagation and visibility of objects in different contexts: stable or unstable conceptualisation? Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(2), 238-251. [SSCI]
2012   Chu, H-E., Treagust, F. D., Yeo, S., & Zadnik, M. (2012). Evaluation of students' understanding of thermal concepts in everyday contexts. International Journal of Science Education, 34(10), 1509-1534. [SSCI]
2011   Tobin, K., Rennie, L., Venville, G., Chu, H-E., Fensham, P., Gallagher, J., Duit, R.,  Graeber, W., van den Berg, E., Hand, B., Ritchie, S., & Dillon, J. (2011). David F. Treagust: congenial soul, science educator, and international research leader, Cultural Studies of Science Education, 6(3), 783-793.
2009   Chu, H-E., Treagust, F. D., & Chandrasegaran, A. L. (2009). A stratified study of students' understanding of basic optics concepts in different contexts using two-tiered multiple-choice items. Research in Science and Technological Education, 27(3), 253-265.
2008   Chu, H-E., Treagust, F. D., & Chandrasegaran, A.L. (2008). Na├»ve students' conceptual development and beliefs: the need for multiple analyses to determine what contributes to student success in a university introductory physics course. Research in Science Education, 38(1), 111-125. [SSCI]
2007   Chu, H-E., Lee, E-A., Ko, H-R., Lee, M-N., Shin, D-H., Kang, K-H., & Min, B-M. (2007). Korean year 3 children's environmental literacy: A prerequisite for a Korean environmental curriculum. International Journal of Science Education, 29(6), 731-746. [SSCI]
2005   Shin, D., Chu, H-E., Lee, E., Ko, H., Lee, M., Kang, K, Min, B. and Park, J. (2005). An assessment of Korean students' environmental literacy. Journal of Korean Earth Science Society, 26(4), 358-364.
2005   Chu, H-E., & Lee, M. N. (2005). Pre-service teachers' conceptions about brightness of bulbs in simple electrical circuits and proposed physics concept development programme for pre-service science teachers: focusing on simple series and parallel circuits. SaeMulli, 51(5), 1-10.
2004   Lee, E-A., Shin, D-H., Chu, H-E., & Ko, H-R. (2004). A study of high school students' environmental literacy. Journal of Korean Earth Science society, 25(3), 185-193.
2004   Chu, H-E., Kwon, S-H., Lee, M-N, & Kim, J-H. (2004). A study of elementary school students' perceptions of articles and terminology using electromagnetic wave technology. Journal of Korean Elementary Science Education, 23(3), 182-191.
2004   Ko, H-R., Shin, D-H., Chu, H-E., & Lee, E-A. (2004). A study of middle school students' environmental literacy.  Journal of Korean Environmental Education, 17(1), 144-153.


Book Chapters

Year Link Citation
2015   Kim, Y., Chu, H-E. & Lim, G. (2015). Science Curriculum Changes and STEM Education in East Asia. In Myint Swe Khine (Ed.) Science Education in East Asia: Pedagogical Innovations and Best Practices (pp149-226).Dordrecht: Springer.
2009   Chu, H-E., & Treagust, D. F. (2009). Korean Students' Environmental Literacy and Environmental Education Programme. In Taylor, N., Coll, R., Littledyke, M. & Eames, C. (Eds.), Environment Education in Context: An International Perspective of the Development Education (pp. 299- 306). Rotterdam: Sense.
2014   Chu, H-E., & Son, Y-A. (2014). Environmental education for sustainable development in Korean Schools. In Lee., C-K, Stimpson, P. & Efird, R (Eds.),  Schooling for sustainable development across the Pacific (pp. 141 -157). Netherland: Springer.


Selected Grant Funding


2015 - 2017 Global Networking - STEAM (Arts integrated STEM). The Fusion of Science and Arts - An interactive digital platform to enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) teaching and learning exchanges by science teachers (Role: Principle Investigator)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (scheme: Australia-Korea Grant, $30,000 AUD ~ $23, 500 USD), Nov. 2015 - Jan. 2017

2013 - 2016 On-Going Assessment in Science Classrooms. The impact of short-cycle formative assessments on students' conceptual understanding and beliefs of learning among academically lower achieving secondary school students in science (Role: Co-Principle Investigator) Ministry of Education, Singapore (scheme: Office of Educational Studies in National Institute of Education Grant, $99,990 SGD ~ $74,000USD), Feb. 2013 - Apr. 2016
2013 - 2016 Multicultural Studies in Science Classrooms. A longitudinal, mixed-methods study examining and improving the beliefs and practices of teachers in science classrooms with multicultural and/or Korean Language Learners (Role: External Collaborator)National Research Foundation of Korea, New Researcher Grant(60 million KRW ~ $60,000 USD), May 2013 - May 2016.