Prof. Sufian A. Forawi

Prof. Sufian A. Forawi


Professor of Science Education and the coordinator of the Masters’ programmes.
He has research and practical science education interests span from the nature and philosophy of science, electronic portfolios, sensor probe technology, & assessment to critical thinking.

Contact details

+971 4 279 1400 Ext: 439
+971 4 279 1490
sufian.forawi@buid.ac.ae

 

He obtained a bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, a master’s degree in Education from Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, and an Ed.D. in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. He was awarded the distinguished US Fulbright Scholar exchange at the UAE University in 2007-2008. He has over 15 years of science teaching and coordination experience in higher education and 6 years of high school science teaching and administrative experience.  He has been a member of several science education organizations such as the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the New Directions in the Humanities & the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). He also presented at the prestigious Oxford Round Table in the UK and at the SLO International Conference in the Netherlands.

 

Degrees / Professional Qualification's

  • EdD in Science Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts, USA.
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Education, Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Higher Diploma in Education, Department of Education, Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum, Sudan.
  • BSc in Biology and Education, College of Education, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt    

 

Memberships

  • The European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) (2009-Present)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (USA_NARST) (1995-Present)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). (2000-2008)
  • Pi Delta Kappa. Akron, Ohio (PDK) (2000-2008-University of Akron’s Liaison)
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA). (2004-2008)
  • Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA). (2005-2008)
  •  Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM-NSTA Chapter) (1999-2002)
  •  The American Educational Research Association (AERA) (1999-2008)
  • Missouri Academy of Science (MAS), Missouri, (1999-2002) Chaired the Science Education
  • Section (2 years)

 

Previous Positions Held

  • Aug. 13, 2008- Senior Lecturer of Science Education - British University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE, College of Education. Primary responsibilities include teaching science education modules, develop science education modules in the EdD, MEd, Post Graduate Diploma in Education programs, supervise student teachers, participate in college and university committees, provide outreach services to community, and conduct research and scholarly work.
  • 2007-2008 Associate Professor (Fulbright Scholar) - United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Primary responsibilities included fulfilling a Fulbright Scholar Exchange award to teach capstone science education and curriculum classes, conduct research, write grant proposals, and provide services.
  • April 2006 Tenured Associate Professor - Granted tenure and promoted to an associate professor of science education while working at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA.
  • 2002- 2007 Associate Professor of Science Education - University of Akron, Department of Curricular & Instructional Studies, Akron, Ohio. Primary responsibilities include: Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, coordinating secondary science education programs, advising students, conducting research, writing grant proposals, providing service to department, college, university and community. Courses that he taught are : Teaching Science to Young Learners, K-3 (Undergraduate), Instructional Techniques in Science, 7-12 (Undergraduate), Advanced Instructional Techniques in Science (Graduate), Nature, History, & Philosophy of Science (Graduate/Undergraduate), Instructional Resources (Undergraduate), Teaching Science at the Middle School Level
  • 1998- 2002 Assistant Professor of Science Education - Central Missouri State University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction,Warrensburg, Missouri. Primary responsibilities included teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, conduct research in science and mathematics education, advising
    students, and providing university and community service. Some of the courses he taught : Introduction to Biology, Elementary Science Strategy for Teachers, K-6, Problems and Issues in Science
  • 1996– 1998 Assistant Professor - Jackson State University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Jackson, Mississippi. Primary responsibilities included teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, conduct research in science and mathematics education, advising students, and providing university and community service. Some of the courses he taught : Introduction to Education, Issues and Problems in Science, Current Trends in Elementary Mathematics, Global Education
  • 1992– 1995 Teaching and Research Assistant - University of Massachusetts Lowell, College of Education. Primary responsibilities included assisting I teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, developing the Science and Mathematics Education Program Guidelines, and coding and analyzing data by the use of SPSS. Assisted in teaching the following courses : Research Methods in Education, Human Development 
  • 1987– 1989 Chairperson of Science Department - Tahnoon High School, Khartoum, Sudan. Department. Departmental duties included teaching Biology and Mathematics, serving as a liaison between teachers and administration, organizing meetings and class schedules, and monitoring national high school examinations.
  • 1983– 1987 Assistant Principal and Science Teacher - Dar El-Naeem High School, Khartoum, Sudan. Administrative duties include addressing faculty concerns and problems, organizing class schedules, and supervising students sport activities. In addition to teaching Biology and Chemistry to all levels 

 

Funded Grants

  • 2010-2012 Career and Educational Aspirations. Emirates Foundations. Principal Investigator (AED 200.000)
  • 2006 -2008 Ohio Core Science Licensure Program. ODE/OBR funded grant. Principal Investigator ($750,000).
  • 2006 (summer) Special Education Intervention Specialist-Science ODE’ Grant. Co-writer. ($100,000)
  • 2006 (summer) Institute for Developing K-12 Scientific Ways of Knowing’s OBR. Principal Investigator ($75,000)
  • 2005 (summer) Special Education Intervention Specialist-Science ODE’ Grant. Co-writer. ($100,000)
  • 2005 (spring) Critical Thinking ITL Grant (University of Akron). Education Team Leader. ($20,000)
  • 2005 (spring) Ohio Science Institute, Sixth grade. (OSCI-ODE). Writing Team Member. ($200,000)
  • 2004 (fall) Ohio Science Institute for Life Science (OSCI) (ODE-Trainer) ($400,000)
  • 2004 (summer) Muehlstein Science & Mathematics Academy. Evaluator and Team Leader. ($250,000)
  • 2001 (June) Molecular Technology Laboratory: An Undergraduate Course to Modernize the Biological Curriculum, National Science Foundation (National Science Foundation-NSF). Co-Principal Investigator. ($198,000)
  • 1997 (summer) Science & Mathematics Institute Eisenhower Grant. Co-Principal Investigator. ($75,000) Internal
  • 2003 (fall) Harrington Scholar: Integrating Handheld Technologies into Our Work.
  • 2003 (summer) Harrington: Concentric Multicultural Model for Teacher Education (Team member).
  • 2003 (summer) Muehlstein Science & Mathematics Academy. Evaluator and Team Leader
  • 2003 (spring) PT3 Grant. Course Re-designer. Instructional Techniques in Science.
  • 2002 (fall) Faculty Mentorship Award. College of Education. University of Akron. Awarded.
  • 2002 (fall) OLN Grant. Science & Technology.
  • 2000 (April) Grant Enhancement Mentorship (GEM), CMSU. Principal Investigator. 

 

Honors and Awards

  • US Fulbright Award to United Arab Emirates University. 2007-2008.
  • College of Education’s Research Award 2007.
  • Phi Delta Kappa Service Award. Northeast Ohio Chapters. 2006.
  • President’s Learning Service Award. Central Missouri State University. 2001.
  • Dean’s Outreach Award. Central Missouri State University. 2001.
  • Community Awareness Award. Central Missouri State University. Missouri. 1989.
  • Dean’s Service Award. School of Education. Jackson State University. Jackson, Mississippi. 1997.
  • Kappa Alpha Pi Award. Jackson, Mississippi. 1997.
  • Professional Development Research Award. Graduate Students Organization. University of
  • Massachusetts Lowell. Lowell, Massachusetts. 1995. 

 

Journal Articles:

Forawi, S., A. (2014). Impact of Explicit Teaching of the Nature of Science on Young Children. The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, vol. 20 (1), pp. 41-49.

Forawi, S., A. (2014). Youth Career and Educational Aspirations: Perceptions & Instrument Validation. International Journal of Humanities Education,vol. 11 (1), pp. 11-25.

Deshmukh, V., Forawi, S., & Jaiswal, A. (2013). The Role of E-learning in Science Education vis-à-vis.

Forawi, S., A. (2012). Perceptions on Critical Thinking Attributes of Science Education Standards. International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research. vol. 30, pp. 214-217.

Forawi, S., A., Almekhlafi, A. G. & Al-Mekhlafy, M. H. (2012). Development and validation of Pre-service Teachers’ Electronic Portfolios in the UAE. US-China Education Review, vol. 2 (1), pp. 99-105.

Forawi, S., A. & Liang, X. (2011). Developing in-service scientific ways of knowing. International Humanities Journal, vol. 9 (2), pp. 21-34.

Forawi, S., A. (2011). Inquiry instruction and the nature of science: How are they interconnected? Journal of Science Education, vol. 1 (12), pp .14-17.

Forawi, S., A. (2010). Investigating the relationship between the nature of science and guided inquiry instruction. Journal of Applied Research in Education,vol. 14 (1). pp. 8-16.

Forawi, S., A. (2010). Impact of teachers’ conceptions of science and use of textbooks on students. The International Journal of Learning,vol. 17 (7), pp. 24-39.

Forawi, S., A. & Belfakih, N. M. (2009). Effectiveness use of handheld technologies with in-service science teachers and students in the UAE. The International Humanities Journal, vol. 7, pp. 71-82.

Forawi, S., A. (2007). Examining and validating pre-service teachers’ electronic portfolio experiences. The American Educational Research Association proceedings (AERA), Chicago, IL., vol. 64, pp. 1086-1093.

Forawi, S., A., & Liang, X. (2005). Science electronic portfolios: Developing and validating the scoring rubric. Journal of Science Education,vol. 2 (6), pp. 97-99.

Forawi, S., A. (2004). Palm Trees Won’t Grow Here. Book review. Journal of Ohio Academy of Science, vol. 26, pp. 90-91.

Michailidis, M. P., Forawi, S. A. & Nikaido, S. (2003). How do college students perceive the nature of science globally? Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Proceedings, vol. 2003 (1), pp. 3041-3044.

Forawi, S., A. (2001). Critical thinking and the national science standards. Transactions, vol. 35, pp. 62.

Forawi, S., A. (2000). Conceptions of science held by college students. (Abstract).  Transactions, vol. 34, pp.102.

Books:

Forawi, S. A. (2015). Science Teacher Professional Development Needs in the United Arab Emirates. In N., Mansour & S. Al-Shamrani (Eds). Science Education in the Arab Gulf States: Visions, Sociocultural Contexts and Challenges. SensePublishers. Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

El-Sayary, A, Forawi, S., Mansour, N. (2015). STEM Education and Problem-based Learning. In thE Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking. Routledge Publisher.

Forawi, S., A. & Frazier, R. A. (2001). 'Southwest Charter School', in R. D. Sluder, D. Thomas, & M. L. Snyder, M. L. (eds). Opening and Operating Charter Schools: The Kansas City Experience.MO: Central Missouri State University Printing Service, pp. 111-123.

Conference Papers:

Forawi, S.A. & Mitchell, R.M. (2012). Pre-Service teachers’ assessment of critical thinking attributes of  the Ohio and New York States’ science and math content standards. American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines. Ryerson University. Toronto. pp. 21-24.

Forawi, S., A. (2012). Impact of Explicit Teaching on Children. Science & Technology Education for Development. Citizenship and Social Justice Conference (IOSTE XV). Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia.

Forawi, S., A. (2012). Career and Educational Aspirations of Emirati Youth. Science & Technology Education for Development, Citizenship and Social Justice Conference (IOSTE XV). Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia.

Forawi, S., A. & Esker, S., A. (2012). Impact of Explicit Teaching of the Nature of Science: Children’s Conceptions of the Nature of Science. The Learning International Conference, London, UK.

Forawi, S., A. (2012). Youth Career and Educational Aspirations: Perceptions and Instrument Validation. The New Directions of the Humanities International conference. Montreal, Canada.

Forawi, S., A. & Mitchell, R., M. (2012). Pre-Service teachers’ assessment of critical thinking attributes of  the Ohio and New York States’ science and math content standards. International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS). American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines. Ryerson University. Toronto,  pp. 21-24.

Forawi, S., A. (2012). Pre-service Teachers’ Critical Thinking Attributes of Science Standards. The International Innovation & Education Conference. Singapore.

Forawi, S., A. (2011). Developing in-service scientific ways of knowing. International Humanities Annual Meeting. Granada, Spain.

Forawi, S., A. (2011). Developing and validating pre-service teachers’ electronic portfolios in the UAE. The 3rd International Conference on Computer Research and Development. Shanghai, China.

Forawi, S., A. (2010). Impact of Teachers’ Conceptions of Science.  International Learning Conference. Hong Kong.

Forawi, S., A. (2009). Impact of Explicit Teaching of the Nature of Science with Young Children. The European Science Education Research Association. Istanbul, Turkey.

Forawi, S., A. (2009). Effective Use of Handheld Technologies with Science Teachers and Students in UAE. The IMCL. Amman, Jordon.

Forawi, S., A. (2009). Effective Use of Handheld Technologies with Science Teachers and Students in UAE. The annual meeting of the UAEU’s RAC10. Al Ain, UAE.

Forawi, S., A. & Belfakih, N., M. (2009). Effectiveness use of handheld technologies with in-service science teachers and students in the UAE. Proceedings of the Interactive Mobile & Computer Learning conference. Amman. 4,pp. 119-121.

Forawi, S., A. (2007). The upright pyramid: Is there room for the nature of science at the early childhood level? The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), New Orleans. LA. USA.

Forawi, S., A. (2007). Developing in-service teachers’ scientific ways of knowing. The annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). New Orleans, LA.

Esker, S., & Forawi, S., A. (2007). Explicit teaching of the nature of science: Conceptions and misconceptions of early childhood and elementary students. The annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA). Clearwater, NC.

Forawi, S., A. & Mitchell, R. (2007). Pre-service teachers’ assessment of critical thinking attributes. The annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA). Clearwater, NC.

Forawi, S., A. (2007). Examining and validating pre-service teachers’ electronic portfolio experiences. The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Chicago, IL.

Forawi, S., A. & Xin, L. (2006). Pre-service teachers’ assessment of critical thinking attributes of the Ohio science standards. The annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). OR.

Forawi, S. (2006). The Upright Pyramid: Is there room for the nature of science at the early childhood level? The Oxford Round Table. Oxford, UK. Pp. 11, 65-72. 

Forawi, S., A. (2005). Science electronic portfolios: How do they impact learning and use of technology? The annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Dallas, TX.

 

Teaching Units:

  • PhD/Doctorate in Education
  • Master of Education

 

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