El Deghaidy

Associate Professor and chair
Graduate School of Education
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Brief Biography

Heba EL-Deghaidy is currently chair of the Department of International and Comparative Education at the Graduate School of Education. EL-Deghaidy is an associate professor of science education and leads the STEAM education initiative as an international approach to an interdisciplinary learning model. Her doctoral degree in science education comes from the University of Birmingham, UK. She was the PI of the bilingual STEAM education project funded by British Gas. EL-Deghaidy is the co-PI for an Erasmus funded project called School and University Partnership for Peer Communities of Learners (SUP4PCL). 

Before coming to AUC, EL-Deghaidy was an associate professor of science education at the Faculty of Education at Suez Canal University. She served as a coordinator for two TEMPUS projects, funded by the European Commission on Education for Sustainable Development. She worked closely with pre-service science teachers, and she trained and taught in-service science teachers at the graduate level. Her work involved training teachers and university faculty members on contemporary pedagogical strategies.

Along with her teaching experience, EL-Deghaidy brings a wide range of professional experience, having served on various national and international committees and societies. Of the most prominent international societies in science education is the National Association for Research in Science Education (NARST) for which she served as a strand coordinator from 2012 to 2014 and is currently serving as a member of the Publication Advisory Committee, for a three-year term from 2015 to 2018. She was invited as a guest speaker at the 65th Korean Association for Science Education International Conference 2014 and at the International Seminar of Science Education Research Centre, Korean National University of Education. She was also a keynote speaker in 2016 at the first Inter-Regional Research Conference on Science and Mathematics Education: Interfacing Arab and European Science and Mathematics Education Research, at AUB.   

Part of her professional service includes reviewing manuscripts and proposals for international journals with high impact factors such as Computers and Education, Education and Environmental Education Research and others, in addition to participating in international conferences. 

Massive Open Online Courses

Developed and presented the first Arabic MOOC on STEAM education "STEAM: Linking Education with Life", in collaboration with Edraak.


Book Chapters

EL-Deghaidy, H. (2017). STEAM methods: A case from Egypt. In A. Sickel and

S. Witzig (Eds.)Designing and teaching the secondary science methods course: An international perspective. Sense Publishers.

EL-Deghaidy, H. (2012). Education for sustainable development: Experiences from science teachers’ action research. In V. Makrakis & N. Kostoulas - Makrakis (Eds). New Technologies, Education for Sustainable Development and Critical Pedagogy. ICTeESD University of Crete. ISBN 978-960-87898-7-6, pp. 121- 135. Accessed from: http://icteesd.v-campus.edc.uoc.gr/download/e-Book_Collection.pdf

EL-Deghaidy, H. (2012). Using blended e-learning cooperative approach in higher education: A case from Egypt. Book Chapter in Anastasiades, P. (Ed.) Blended Learning Environments for Adults: Evaluations and Frameworks. IGI Global United States of America.

EL-Deghaidy, H. (2010). Teacher education in Egypt: Past, present and future directions. In K. Karakis & C.C. Wolhuter (Eds.) International Handbook on Teachers Education Worldwide: Training, issues and challenges for teachers’ profession. Athens: Atrapos Editions.

Peer Reviewed Journals

EL-Deghaidy, H., Mansour N., Khalid Alhammad & Mohammad Alzaghibi (2017). Context of STEM integration in schools: Views from in-service science teachers. EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 13(6), pp. 2459-2484 - DOI: 10.12973/eurasia.2017.01235a. Available at: http://www.iserjournals.com/journals/eurasia/articles/10.12973/eurasia.2017.01235a

Mansour, N., EL-Deghaidy, H., Alshamrani, S. & Aldahmash, A.  (2014). Rethinking the theory and practice of continuing professional development: Science teachers’ perspectives. Research in Science Education, 44(6), 949-973. DOI: 10.1007/s11165-014-9409-y

EL-Deghaidy, H., Mansour, N., & Alshamrani, S. (2014). Science teachers' typology of CPD activities: A socio-constructivist perspective. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 13 (6), 1539-1566.

Biasutti, M. & EL-Deghaidy, H. (2014). Interdisciplinary project based learning: An online Wiki experience in teacher education. Technology, Pedagogy and Education. DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2014.899510

Biasutti, M. & EL-Deghaidy, H(2012). Using Wiki in teacher education: Impact on knowledge management processes and student satisfaction. Computers & Education, 59 (3), 861–872. http://www.aegean.gr/environment/labs/Remote_sensing/publications/Syllog...

Research/Teaching Interests

EL-Deghaidy's research focuses on finding a means to to provide for quality teaching and learning opportunities. Her research interests focus on teacher education in general and science teachers in particular. She has publications in the areas of STEM/STEAM education, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), using educational technology in teaching and learning, teaching portfolios, continuing professional development and other areas.  She has also written book chapters, of which one was translated into Greek.