Heba El Deghaidy
- Position: Chair of the Department of Educational Studies
- Department: Department of Educational Studies
- Email: email@example.com
Heba EL-Deghaidy is currently the chair of the Department of Educational Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. EL-Deghaidy is a 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 and is the PI of Interdisciplinary Centennial Lab for Innovation and Technology in Education, ICLITE and Co-PI of School-University Partnership for Peer Communities of Learners, SUP4PCL.
EL-Deghaidy has 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 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). She was invited as a guest speaker at the Partners School Global Network: British Council, 2020; DP Educational Forum, 2019; third Excellence Conference, “A scientifically educated generation for a prosperous economy”. Center of Excellence in Research in the Development of Science and Mathematics Education, King Saud University, Riyadh- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Fourth Arab Gulf Teacher Forum, Ministry of Education, United Arab Emirates, 2018; the First Inter-Regional Research Conference on Science and Mathematics Education Interfacing Arab and European Science and Mathematics Education Research, at AUB, 2016; 65th Korean Association for Science Education International Conference 2014, International Seminar of Science Education Research Centre, Korean National University of Education.
Part of her professional service includes reviewing manuscripts and proposals for international journals with high impact factors such as Computers and Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (EURASIA) Education, Journal for STEM Education Research, Environmental Education Research, International Journal of Educational Methodology, and others, in addition to participating in national, regional and international conferences. EL-Deghaidy is also an external examiner for many PhD theses in Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, UAE and others.
EL-Deghaidy's research focuses on finding a means to provide for quality teaching and learning opportunities. Her research interests focus on teacher education (pre-service and in-service) 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 published book chapters, of which one was translated into Greek, research papers in regional and international peer reviewed journals.