Chang Chun-Yen

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Chang Chun-Yen
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Born (1967-09-29) September 29, 1967 (age 47)
Nationality  Republic of China
Education University of Texas at Austin, National Taiwan Normal University
Occupation Science education scholar
Known for Science education, Digital learning, Interdisciplinary science learning

Chang Chun-Yen (張俊彥; born September 29, 1967), is a science education scholar in Taiwan. Currently, Chang serves as National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Chair Professor, director of Science Education Center (NTNU), Adjunct Professor of the Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences (NTNU), and as a Visiting Professor of Taipei Medical University. From August 2013 to February 2014, Chang has been to Université Paris 8 (France) for 6-month research, funded by National Science Council (NSC) Short-term Abroad Research Program. This research attempts to explore the usability and feasibility of how innovative e—technologies can be implemented in science classrooms. Chang also serves as the visiting professor at Université Paris 8 (France).

Areas of expertise[edit]

Chang's expertise includes science education, digital learning, interdisciplinary science learning, and science communication. There are six major research fields: instructional models and learning outcomes, problem-solving abilities and automated grading system, science learning environment, curriculum standards and the goal of science education, mechanism behind science learning, teacher education and technology-embedded teaching.


Currently, Chang is the associate editor of the Journal of Geosciences Education. He is also on the Editorial Board of two SSCI-level journals: Studies in Science Education (science education) and Learning, Media & Technology (instructional technology). He used to be the referee of professorship promotion for Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, as well as a Ph.D. dissertation committee member in Australia and India.

During recent years, Chang has been invited to give speeches in countries such as Iceland, Sweden, France, the United States, Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, India, and the Philippines.[citation needed]

Chang has been a long-term member of the International Earth Science Olympiad Advisory Committee. In 2009, Dr. Chang hosted the 3rd IESO in Taiwan. Dr. Chang has been Taiwan IESO Organizing Project Director since 2007, responsible for nurturing Taiwan's top high-school students in earth science. Nurtured students from Taiwan have been awarded Gold Medal for seven years in a row.

Since 1998, Chang has participated more than 40 National Science Council projects, and serves as a long-term project reviewer of the NSC's Department of Science Education. From 2011, Chang has been the Project Director of Center of Research Excellence in Science Education (CRESE) of the Aim for the Top University Project at NTNU. As a representative of NTNU's of Science Education Center, Chang also joined the European Union's Open Science Resources project, one of the two subprojects for non-EU areas and review research projects by Israel Science Foundation and South Korea's National Research Foundation.

Media appearances[edit]

  • 2012: Exclusive interview by Business Today; titled " Invoke More Curiosity! NTNU Help Create Next Einstein" published on Issue 801.
  • 2009: Exclusive interview by New Scientist, titled "Gene for memory and IQ gives students low grades"
  • 2009: A series TV programs about the 50 Great Achievements of NSC by EBC and CtiTV.
  • 2005 & 2006: Dr. Chang's series of research on science learning environments, published in Science Education in 2005 and 2006; reported in the section of “Taiwanese New Discovery,” of the Science Development Journal in 2007.

Chang, along with Prof. Ting-Kuang Yeh and other researchers, published one COMT research paper on Brain & Cognition. As a pioneering study in Taiwan, this research is also the first study in the world analyzing and exploring the relationship between students' genes and their learning achievements. As soon as this study was published, another online report was published in the New Scientist, followed by a detailed report by The New York Times Magazine in Feb. 2013.

Academic background[edit]

Professional employment[edit]

  • NTNU Chair Professor, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Taiwan (August 2013 to present)
  • Visiting Professor, Université Paris 8, France (August 2013 to present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board member, Studies in Science Education (2013 to present)
  • Visiting Professor, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan (August 2012 to present)
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (2010-2013)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geoscience Education (April 2009 to present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences, NTNU, Taiwan (August 2008 to present)
  • Director, Science Education Center, NTNU, Taiwan (August 2006 to present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Learning, Media & Technology (January 2005 to present)
  • President, Chinese Journal of Science Education, National Association for Science Education (2010–2012)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2010–2012)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Center for Science and Mathematics Education Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (USA) (2005/01-07)

Professional awards[edit]

  • 2013: Academic Award of Ministry of Education
  • 2003, 2009, 2012: Outstanding Research Award of the National Science Council (NSC)
  • 2008: 50 Great Achievements of the National Science Council (NSC)--only 50 achievements were selected in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of NSC, and Dr. Chang's research on "problem-solving abilities and automated grading system" is one of them.
  • 2007: Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World (24th-27th Editions), Who's Who in Science and Engineering (10th and 11th Edition), Who's Who in America (2009), and Special 30th Pearl Anniversary Edition of Who's Who in the World(2013).


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