Professor Huann-Shyang Lin

STEM Education

Areas of expertise: science education; scientific literacy; science teaching; history of science; argumentation; inquiry-based science teaching

Phone: +617 3860 6271


Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9719-9252

Most of Professor Lin Huann-Shyang’s research grants and publications are related to scientific literacy. In the early stage of his research career, Professor Lin focused on the development of unique teaching supplementary materials eg pictorial analogies, integrating history of science in teaching. He also investigated the efficacy of promoting students’ conceptual understanding and their conceptualisation of the nature of science. Professor Lin’s research performance and leadership were recognised by the domestic science education community, with the National Science Council of Taiwan awarding Professor Lin Outstanding Research Awards for the periods of 2000 – 2001, 2003 –2005, and 2011 – 2013. He was recruited to join the executive committee of enacting Taiwan’s first Science Education White Paper (2003) which was initiated by the Ministry of Education and the National Science Council.

Professor Lin’s research was extended by working as the National Project Manager of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2006 and PISA 2015), coordinator for the international collaborative research project, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (IJSME) since 2014. The rich data and evidence derived from the PISA large-scale assessment and research on creative teaching strategies, published by Professor Lin, have been used as critical references and made significant impact on educational policies. For example, as a result of Professor Lin’s strong recommendation, history of science and scientific inquiry components were subsequently included in the Taiwanese curriculum guidelines. In addition, his advocacy (through the Ministry of Education’s advisory committee meetings) for contextualised and scientific competency-based items have been found in Taiwanese national college and high school entrance examinations.

He is working collaboratively with colleagues of ACU, especially researchers from ILSTE within STEM education research intending to support teachers’ professional development and promote students’ scientific competencies, creative thinking and reasoning skills.

Curriculum Vitae

Select publications

  • Chen, Y., Pan, Y., Hong, Z., Weng, X., & Lin, H. (2020). Exploring the pedagogical features of integrating essential competencies of scientific inquiry in classroom teaching. Research in Science & Technological Education, 38(2), 185-207.
  • Pan Y., Yang, K., Wilson, K., Hong, Z., & Lin, H. (2020). The impact of museum interpretation tour on visitors’ engagement and post-visit conservation intentions and behaviours. International Journal of Tourism Research. DOI:10.1002/jtr.2358 
  • Tsai, C., Lin, H., & Liu, S. (2020). The effect of pedagogical GAME model on students' PISA scientific competencies. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 36(3), 359-369 DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12406.
  • Wang, H., Hong, Z., Lin, H., & Tsai, C. (2020). The relationships among adult sustainability attitudes, psychological well-being, nature relatedness, and interest in scientific issues. Current Psychology, 1-12.
  • Yang, K., Hong, Z., Lee, L., & Lin, H. (2020). Supportive conditions and mechanisms of teachers’. professional development on inquiry-based science teaching through a learning community. Research in Science & Technological Education. DOI: 10.1080/02635143.2020.1779051
  • Chen, Y., Wilson, K., & Lin, H. (2019). Identifying the challenging characteristics of systems thinking encountered by undergraduate students in chemistry problem-solving of gas laws. Chemistry Education Research and Practices, 20, 594-605.
  • She, H.-C., Lin, H., & Huang, L. (2019). Reflections on and implications of the PISA 2015 performance of students in Taiwan: The role of epistemic beliefs about science in scientific literacy. Journal of Research in Science Teaching56(10), 1309-1340. DOI: 10.1002/tea.21553.
  • Yang, K., Hong, Z., Lee, L., & Lin, H. (2019). Exploring the significant predictors of convergent and divergent scientific creativities. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 31, 252-261.
  • Jack, B. M.,& Lin, H. (2017). Making learning interesting and its application to the science classroom. Studies in Science Education, 53(2), 137-164. DOI: 10.1080/03057267.2017.1305543.
  • Yang, K., Lee, L., Hong, Z., & Lin, H. (2016). Investigation of effective teaching strategies for developing creative science thinking. International Journal of Science Education, 38(13), 2133-2151. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2016.1230685.
  • Yang, K., Lin, S., Hong, Z., & Lin, H. (2016). Exploring the assessment of and relationship between elementary students’ scientific creativity and science inquiry. Creativity Research Journal, 28(1), 16-23. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2016.1125270.
  • Jack, B., Lin, H., & Yore, L. (2014). The synergistic effect of affective factors on student learning outcomes. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(8), 1084-1101.
  • Lin, H., Hong, Z., & Chen, Y. (2013). Exploring the development of college students’ situational interest in learning science. International Journal of Science Education, 35(13), 2152-2173.


  • 2019–2020 Australian Catholic University: Identifying the impact of motivating students through making STEM learning interesting.
  • 2019–2020 Australian Catholic University: Pre-service primary teachers’ competencies in asking and conducting researchable science questions using practical investigations.
  • 2018–2021 Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan: Exploring the effectiveness of inquiry-based STEM curricular development and teaching practice. (NT$ 180,000)
  • 2016–2020 Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan: Survey of citizens’ scientific literacy. Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan. (NT$ 450,000)

Accolades and awards

  • Outstanding Research Award, National Science Council Taiwan, 2011 – 2013
  • Appointed Researcher, Ministry of Science and Technology Taiwan, 2014 – 2017
  • Distinguished Contribution through Research Award, East-Asian Association for Science Education, 2013
  • Distinguished Contribution Award, Association for Science Education, Taiwan, 2017

Appointments and affiliations

  • Professor, Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, 2018 –
  • Chair Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, 2008 –
  • President, National Hualien University of Education, Taiwan, 2004 – 2008
  • Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Department Chair and Dean, Department of Chemistry, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan, 1992 – 2004

Editorial roles

  • Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education 2013 –

International journal review panel

Editorial board memberships

  • International Journal of Science Education

Reviewer for International Journals

  • Chemistry Education Research and Practice
  • Computers & Education
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Educational Technology & Society
  • Journal of Environmental Education
  • International Journal of Science Education
  • International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Research in Science & Technology Education
  • Irish Educational Studies

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