Postdoctoral Research Fellow in STEM Education at University of Dundee
5 Sep 2019
Dr Mohd Mat Noor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in STEM Education, in the School of Education and Social Work. He is currently working for the ‘Funds of Knowledge’ project, which explores the STEM knowledge resources being developed by children and their families living in specific Scottish communities. The project aims to support science teachers in helping children to find more meaning and relevance in science education and, as a result, to engage more with the subject. This project is funded by Education Scotland’s Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme, as part of the Scottish Government’s STEM Education and Training Strategy.
Mohd’s research interests lie in the field of science curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment, with a particular interest in the pedagogical approach of ‘nature of science’ and ‘scientific inquiry’. He has an interest in supporting science teachers to enhance science teaching using an inquiry approach, with a view that this pedagogical approach is at the heart of teaching and learning in science. He is also passionate about integrating research and classroom practices, and promoting teachers’ engagement with research. He seeks to inculcate a research culture in schools to advocate change, and to close the gap between research and practice.
Mohd completed his PhD in Science Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), under the supervision of Professor Michael Reiss. His PhD research focused on improving the pedagogical practices of teaching inquiry in school science, using a classroom action research study. His thesis showed empirically how the teaching of ‘inquiry’ can be engaged within school science using a developed pedagogical framework, and examined the impact of inquiry teaching on children’s behavioural, emotional and cognitive engagement. His PhD presented this from the perspective of the unheard voice of the teacher-researcher.