The Institute

  • History

The Graduate Institute of Science Education (GISE) was established in the autumn of 1986 upon the approval of the Ministry of Education through the preparation and planning by the Dean of the College of Science, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, the Department of Chemistry, the Departments of Life Science, the Department of Earth Sciences, and the science education scholars at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). The doctoral program was established in 1986, and the first doctoral student cohort was recruited in the academic year 1987. The master’s program was established in 1994, and the first master’s student cohort was recruited in the academic year 1995. The in-service master’s program was established in 1998, and the first in-service master’s student cohort was recruited in the academic year 1999.

  • Personnel

The personnel are composed of 12 faculty members (8 Professors, 2 Associate Professors, and 2 Assistant Professors).

  • Directors

All previous and the current directors of the GISE are listed below:

Dr. Ching-Yi Wu, Professor (August 1987-July 1988)
Dr. Ming-Tung Wei, Professor (August 1988-July 1994)
Dr. Tien-Ying Li, Professor (August 1994-July 1997)
Dr. Mei-Hung Chiu, Professor (August 1997-July 2003)
Dr. Wen-Jin Yang, Professor (August 2003-July 2006)
Dr. Hak-Ping Tam, Associate Professor (August 2006-July 2009)
Dr. Chen-Yung Lin, Professor (August 2009-July 2011)
Dr. Ying-Shao Hsu, Professor (August 2011-July 2017)
Dr. Fang-Ying Yang, Professor (August 2017-July 2020)
Dr. Hsin-Kai Wu, Professor (August 2020- July 2023)      Dr. Shiang-Yao Liu (August 2023~ Current)

Our Mission

  • Objectives of the Doctoral Program:
    1. To develop the student’s research knowledge and competencies to become an excellent science education researcher.
    2. To foster and prepare the student to become an excellent instructor in teaching science and science education courses at the university level.
    3. To cultivate the student’s knowledge of general education in mathematics and science.
  • Objectives of the Master’s Program:
    1. To develop the student’s professional knowledge and competencies in excellent science teaching.
    2. To foster the student’s science teaching in elementary, secondary, and vocational schools.                                                     3. To cultivate the student’s interdisciplinary understanding to meet the need of talents in education fields.

The GISE features interdisciplinary studies in the fields of science education and mathematics education, including (1) Science and Society, (2) Cognition and Science Learning, (3) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and (4) Digital Learning.

Course Area

Key Contents

Science and Society

General education, popular science, science communication, and history and philosophy of science

Cognition and Science Learning

Psychology of learning science, cognitive and science learning, neuroscience, cognitive science, scientific thinking and processes, situated cognition, social psychology, and cultural psychology

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Curriculum design and development, curriculum evaluation, instructional assessment, science teaching principles and models, test theory, pre- and in-service teacher professional development, teacher training and education, and teacher certification and evaluation

Digital Learning

Learning technology, digital learning theory, online learning and teaching, development of adaptive assessment, and human-machine interaction and interface design

Academic Research

  • Featured Research

1. Developing interdisciplinary science education studies.
2. Integrating research areas that are relevant to digital learning, such as information engineering, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, as well as conducting interdisciplinary studies.
3. Developing and expanding the research area of scientific and technological communication.
4. Researching, developing, and applying technology-based assessments and diagnostic tools.
5. Researching and developing an online platform to support secondary science and mathematics teachers to implement interdisciplinary curricula and conduct action research.
6. Developing innovative curricula, such as an evidence-based integrated curriculum of mathematics and science.
7. Establishing models for developing mathematics and science teachers.
8. Deepening science education research in the aspects of science, society, and culture.

  • Research Environment

The GISE possesses a variety of resources for conducting educational research and designing innovative science learning and teaching tools. These resources include electronic teaching tools, a laboratory for digital learning and assessment, a laboratory for augmented and virtual reality, a laboratory for eye-tracking testing, and a laboratory for face-recognition testing.

  • Overall Performance (2018-2023) ( Source: SciVal,Date:2023.09.01)

International Collaboration

  • The GISE participates in international academic affairs and collaborations actively. The faculty in the GISE is internationally highly regarded. Several faculty members serve important positions in international academic research associations. For example, some faculty members were elected as presidents and/or board directors of major science education research associations at both the national and international levels, such as the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), East-Asian Association for Science Education (EASE), and Association of Science Education in Taiwan (ASET). Moreover, among the faculty, many of them serve as editors and/or editorial board members for top international academic journals.
  • The GISE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the following international organizations for collaboration:

England: The Open University: (Co-signed with the Science Education Center, NTNU)

Japan: Graduate Institute of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University: (Co-signed with the Science Education Center, NTNU)

South Korea: Center of Science Education for the Next Society, Department of Science Education, Research Institute, Science Education Research Center, Seoul National University: (Co-signed with the Science Education Center, NTNU)

Thailand: Faculty of Education, Khon Kaen University:

India: Centre for Educational Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur:

Indonesia: School of Postgraduate Studies, Indonesia University of Education:

India: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT):

  • The GISE has signed a Agreement on a Dual Master’s Program in Science Education with the following international organizations for collaboration:

The Faculty on Mathematics and Science Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, UPI

Career Perspective

As of June 2023, 99 students completed the doctoral program, 322 students completed the master’s program, and 91 students completed the in-service master’s program. Our alumni work at all levels of education nationally and internationally, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, academic research institutions, and public or private organizations.



Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)

Bus Lines and Routes

Route #1: Take Xindian line (Green line) and get off at Wanlong station. Exit the station and walk northwards along Roosevelt Road for about 10 minutes to arrive.

Route #2: Take Xindian line (Green line) and get off at Gongguan station. Exit the station and walk southwards along Roosevelt Road for about 11 minutes to arrive.

Get off the bus at the stop named National Taiwan Normal University Branch. Available bus lines and routes include:

Metropolitan Transport Corporation: 0 Southbound, Fuxing Road Route (74 previously), 109, 505, 606

Shin-Shin Bus Company: 52, Roosevelt Road Route (236 previously), 236-Interzone, 236-Night, 251, 251-Interzone, 252, 253, 278, 278-Interzone, 290, 671, Brown 11, Blue 28

Capital Bus Company: 284, 284-Express

Zhinan Bus Company: 530, 660, 676

Chung-Shing Bus Company: 280, 280-Express, 668, 675

SinDian Bus Company: 642, 643, 644, 648, 650, 849, Green 13

Fuhobus Incorporated: 1551