TChun-Yen Chang, Ph.D. Director of the Science Education Center at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Research Chair Professor of NTNU, Adjunct Professor of Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences, presented an invited paper, "Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice: Taking a New Look at the Classroom Learning Environment", at the CSMA on February 16, 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from NTNU, a master's degree and following Ph.D. degree in science education from The University of Texas in Austin.
Dr. Chang's major research interests include science education, computer-assisted learning and instruction, problem-solving models, science curriculum development, inquiry teaching, and pedagogical understandings and conceptual change instruction in the area of earth science education. He has directed numerous nationally funded projects, such as the Earth Science Curriculum Development, the Earth Science Learning Environment, and the Improvement of University Science Education, sponsored by the Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC) and the Ministry of Education. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Building the e-Learning Research Teams for Excellence, which is one of the two major e-Learning projects selected by the NSC from 2005-2008. Presently, he is leading another major project sponsored by the National Science Council (2008-2011) to establish "The Center for excellence in e-Learning Sciences (CeeLS): i4 future learning environment".
As the former vice president of the National Association for Science Education in Taiwan (NASET), Dr. Chang currently continues his service to the group as a member of the board. He also serves as Chair of the Project Review Board in the Division of Science Education at the National Science Council (NSC). Dr. Chang has authored and co-authored more than 60 articles, including 27 papers indexed in the Science/Social Science Citation Index (SCI/SSCI) database and has presented more than 100 papers, workshops, and seminars throughout Taiwan and in many countries and has been invited as keynote/feature speaker in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and Puerto Rico.
In 2003, Dr. Chang received Taiwan's "Outstanding Research Award", one of the highest honors given by the National Science Council of Taiwan. His series of research on science learning environment, published in Science Education in 2005 and 2006, was also selected/reported in the section of "Taiwanese New Discovery" of the Science Development Journal in 2007. Dr. Chang's research work, on automatic scoring of science open-ended questions, was listed in NSC's 50 Great Achievements of 2008. Coinciding with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of NSC. Dr. Chang's biography was included in 2007-2009 Marquis Who's Who in the World (24th, 25th, and 26th Editions), Who's Who in Science and Engineering (10th Edition), and Who's Who in America (2009).