Prof. Sufian A. Forawi

Prof. Sufian A. Forawi


Professor of Science Education
Honorary Fellow at Glasgow University. 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

Sufian A. Forawi is currently a Professor of Science Education in the Faculty of Education at the British University in Dubai. Prof. Sufian obtained an Ed.D. in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. He obtained a bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Alexandria, Egypt and a master’s degree in Education from Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan. His area of expertise is in the Nature of Science, STEM, School Improvement, Assessment & Evaluation, and Critical and Creative Thinking. He was awarded the distinguished US Fulbright Scholar exchange at the UAE University. Prof. Sufian has many years of teaching and administrative higher education and high school experience. He has been supervising many mater’s and doctoral students. He is a member of several science education organizations such as the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) and the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). He is the editor of the International Journal of Excellence in eLearning. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and participated in book publications. He has a strong external grant record, e.g. NSF and Ohio State Department of Education and the Emirates Foundation.

 

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. 

Internal Grants

  • Socioscientic Issues Research Project, BUiD, internal (AED25,000)
  • Student Conceptions of the Nature of Science Research Project, BUiD, (AED23,000)

 

 

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. 

 

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. Scientific ways of Knowing. Common Ground Publishers. Book under review.
  • Forawi, S. A. Science Education in UAE: Needs & Challenges.  Book under review.
  • 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. 111- 123. Warrensburg, MO: Central Missouri State University Printing Service.

 

Journal Articles

  • Abdallah, L. & Forawi. S. (2017). Investigating leadership styles and their impact on the success of educational institutions. The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 24, 2, 19-30.
  • Forawi, S. (2017). STEM career aspirations of Emirati youth. Proceedings of the International Conference on Education, Humanities and Management, 9, 336-339.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2016). Critical Thinking Attributes of Science Education Standards. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 20, 52-62.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2016). College student use of e-portfolios for assessment and reflective learning. The International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 9, 1, 36-40.
  • 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, 20, 1, 41-49.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2014). Youth Career and Educational Aspirations: Perceptions & Instrument Validation. International Journal of Humanities Education.11, 1,11-25.
  • Deshmukh, V., Forawi, S., & Jaiswal, A. (2013). The Role of E-learning in Science Education vis-a-vis Teacher Training Institutes in Middle East. US-China Education Review, 2, 2, 142-148.
  • 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. & 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., Almekhlafi, A. G. & Al-Mekhlafy, M. H. (2012). Development and validation of Pre-service Teachers’ Electronic Portfolios in the UAE. US-China Education Review. 2, 1, 99-105.
  • Forawi, S. A. & Liang, X. (2011). Developing in-service scientific ways of knowing. International Humanities Journal. 9, 2, 21-34.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2011). Inquiry instruction and the nature of science: How are they interconnected? Journal of Science Education. 1,12. 14-17.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2010). Investigating the relationship between the nature of science and guided inquiry instruction. Journal of Applied Research in Education, 14, 1. 8-16.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2010). Impact of teachers’ conceptions of science and use of textbooks on students. The International Journal of Learning, 17, 7. 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. 7, 71-82.
  • 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, 119-121.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2007). Examining and validating pre-service teachers’ electronic portfolio experiences. The American Educational Research Association proceedings (AERA), Chicago, IL., 64, 1086-1093.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2006). The upright pyramid: Is there room for the nature of science at the early childhood level? The Oxford Round Table Proceedings, Oxford, UK, 11, 65-72. 
  • Forawi, S. A. & Liang, X. (2005). Science electronic portfolios: Developing and validating the scoring rubric. Journal of Science Education, 2, 6, 97-99.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2004). Palm Trees Won’t Grow Here. Book review. Journal of Ohio Academy of Science, 26, 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, 4, 3041- 3044. 
  • Forawi, S. A. (Winter 2002/2003). Effects of contributing factors to students’ understanding of the nature of science. The Education Researcher, 18, 2, 15-31.
  • Forawi, S. A. (2001). Critical thinking and the national science standards. Transactions, 35, 62       
  • Forawi, S. A. (2000). Science education reform: Impact of inquiry teaching and the nature of science. Transactions, 34, 82-85.                
  • Forawi, S. A. (2000). Conceptions of science held by college students. (Abstract).  Transactions, 34, 102.

 

Conference Papers

  • Forawi, S. (August, 2017). Electronic Portfolios and their Narrative Reflections in Higher Education. Joint 11th International Conference on Computing in Arabic and 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Education and Training. Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Forawi, S. (July, 2017). Effective Frameworks for STEM Education: The UAE Context. The New Directions in the Humanities International Conference. London, UK.
  • Forawi, S. (March, 2017). STEM career aspirations of Emirati youth. The International Conference on Education, Humanities and Management. Dubai, UAE.
  • Forawi, S. (March, 2017). Theoretical Frameworks of Effective STEM Education: The UAE Context. Mohamed bin Rasheed School of Government Forum.
  • Forawi, S. (March, 2017). Youth Science and Mathematics Career and Educational Aspirations. Nineteenth Annual Science and Mathematics Educators Conference  Beirut, Lebanon
  • Abdallah, L. & Forawi. S. (March, 2017). Investigating leadership styles and their impact on the success of educational institutions. The learner International Conference, London, UK.
  • Forawi, S. A. (Feb, 2016). Children Holistic Development: Impact of explicit teaching of the nature of science. 4th Annual Early Childhood Education and Care Conference
  • Forawi, S. A. (Jan, 2016). College student use of e-portfolios for assessment and reflective learning. International Conference in Higher Education, Teaching and lifelong Learning, Dubai, UAE.
  • Forawi, S. A. (March, 2015). UAE Ministry of Education Teacher PD Workshop-Univ. of Sharjah.
  • Forawi, S. A. (November, 2014). Assessment for Learning Workshop. Workshop Presented at Al Maaref Private School, Dubai.
  • Forawi, S. A. (March, 2013). Drift of Career and Educational Aspirations of Emirati Youth. 2nd World Forum. Kuala Lumpur.
  • Forawi, S. A. (October, 2012). Impact of Explicit NOS Teaching on Children. Science & Technology Education for Development, Citizenship and Social Justice Conference (IOSTE XV), Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia.
  • Forawi, S. A. (October, 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. (September, 2012). Advanced Instructional Strategies. Workshop Presented at Asma Bint Alnomaan Secondary School, Dubai.
  • Forawi, S. A. & Esker, S. A. (August, 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. (June, 2012). Classroom Management & Motivation Workshop. Workshop Presented at the American International School, Dubai.
  • Forawi, S. A. (June, 2012). Youth Career and Educational Aspirations: Perceptions and Instrument Validation. The New Directions of the Humanities International conference. Montreal, Canada.
  • Forawi, S. A. (May, 2012). Assessment for Learning. Workshop Presented at Al Sayadiah School, Dubai.
  • Forawi, S. A. & Mitchell, R. M. (May, 2012). Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Critical Thinking Attributes of the Ohio and New York States’ Math and Science Content Standards. International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) American Canadian International Conference for Academic Disciplines. Toronto, Canada.
  • Forawi, S. A. (March, 2012). Teaching for Excellence Workshop. Presented at Al Salam School, Dubai.
  • Forawi, S. A. (February, 2012). Pre-service Teachers’ Critical Thinking Attributes of Science Standards. The International Innovation & Education Conference. Singapore.
  • Forawi, S. A. (June, 2011). Developing in-service scientific ways of knowing. International Humanities Annual Meeting, Granada, Spain.
  • Forawi, S. A. (May, 2011). Handheld Instruction Workshop. Workshop Presented at Asma Bint Alnomaan Secondary School, Dubai.
  • Forawi, S. A. (March, 2011). Developing and validating pre-service teachers’ electronic portfolios in the UAE. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Computer Research and Development, Shanghai, China.
  • Forawi, S. A. & Osman, M. (2010). Educational Planning Workshop. Ministry of Education, Khartoum, Sudan.  Supported by the Islamic Development Bank.
  • Forawi, S.A. (July 2010). Impact of Teachers’ Conceptions of Science. Paper presented at the International Learning Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Forawi, S. A. (Feb. 2010). Guided-inquiry Science Instruction. Workshop presented to teachers at Al Salam Secondary School, Dubai, UAE.
  • Forawi, S. A. (September, 2009). Impact of Explicit Teaching of the Nature of Science with Young Children. Presented at the annual meeting of the European Science Education Research Association, Istanbul, Turkey (4th September, 2006).
  • Forawi, S. A. (May, 2009). Workshop on Student Assessment and Instruction Evaluation. Presented to Teachers of the American International School in Dubai, UAE. (18th, May, 2009).
  • Forawi, S. A. (May, 2009). Contemporary Science Education: Guided-inquiry Instruction. Presented to Teachers of Asma High School in Dubai, UAE. (12th May, 2009).
  • Forawi, S. A. (May, 2009). Contemporary Assessment and Evaluation: Classroom Practices. Presented to Teachers of Asma High School in Dubai, UAE. (5th May, 2009).
  • Forawi, S. A. (24th April, 2009). Effective Use of Handheld Technologies with Science Teachers and Students in UAE. Paper presented at the IMCL Amman, Jordon.
  • Forawi, S. A. (16th April, 2009). Effective Use of Handheld Technologies with Science Teachers and Students in UAE. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the UAEU’s RAC10, Al Ain, UAE..
  • Forawi, S. A. (20th Nov., 2008). TIMSS & Assessment. Workshop presented to teachers in Dubai. KHDA.
  • Forawi, S. A. (12th March 2008). Assessment and Evaluation. Presentation given to teachers of Umm Ayman School in Al Ain. UAE.
  • Forawi, S. A. (25th Nov., 2007). Critical Thinking and Teacher Education Programs. Paper presented to the College of Education faculty at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
  • Forawi, S. A. (April, 2007). The upright pyramid: Is there room for the nature of science at the early childhood level? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), New Orleans, LA. USA.
  • Forawi, S. A. (April, 2007). Developing in-service teachers’ scientific ways of knowing. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), New Orleans, LA.
  • Esker, S. & Forawi, S. A. (February, 2007). Explicit teaching of the nature of science: Conceptions and misconceptions of early childhood and elementary students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA), Clearwater, NC.
  • Forawi, S. A. & Mitchell, R. (February, 2007). Pre-service teachers’ assessment of critical thinking attributes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA), Clearwater, NC.
  • Forawi, S. A. (April, 2007). Examining and validating pre-service teachers’ electronic portfolio experiences. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.
  • Forawi, S. A. & Xin Liang (November, 2006). Pre-service teachers’ assessment of critical thinking attributes of the Ohio science standards. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), OR.
  • Forawi, S. (March, 2006). The Upright Pyramid: Is there room for the nature of science at the early childhood level? Paper presented at the Oxford Round Table, Oxford, England.  
  • Forawi, S. A. (April, 2005). Science electronic portfolios: How do they impact learning and use of technology? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Dallas, TX.

 

Teaching Units

 

MED Science Ed concentration

  • EDU519: Trends & Issues in Science Ed, 20 credits
  • EDU520  Scientific ways of Knowing, 20 credits

 

EdD/PhD

  • RES606: Research Design & Planning 40 credits for two terms (1 & 2)
  • DED624 Readings in Science Ed Research, 20 credits
  • DED604: Assessment & Learning, Science 10 credits
  •  DED622: Educational Policy, Science 10 credits
  • DED623: Curriculum & Innovation, Science 10 credits

 

Supervisions

  • MEd (Concentrations in Science Education, Management & Leadership): Graduted16 students. 10 Ongoing.
  • EdD/PhD: Graduated Dr. Yousef Abusalem 2014, Dr. Briliya Devadas 2015, Dr. Rehaf Madani 2017, Dr. Anita Dani 2017. 8 ongoing.
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