Mat Noor, Mohd


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Dr Mohd Mat Noor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in STEM Education, in the School of Education and Social Work. He is currently working as a research officer for the ‘Funds of Knowledge’ project, which explores the STEM knowledge resources  being developed by children and their families living in specific Scottish communities. The project aims to support science teachers in helping children to find more meaning and relevance in science education and, as a result, to engage more with the subject. This project is funded by Education Scotland’s Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme, as part of the Scottish Government’s STEM Education and Training Strategy.

Mohd’s research interests lie in the field of science curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment, with a particular interest in the pedagogical approach of ‘nature of science' and 'scientific inquiry’. He has an interest in supporting science teachers to enhance science teaching using an inquiry approach, with a view that this pedagogical approach is at the heart of teaching and learning in science. He is also passionate about integrating research and classroom practices, and promoting teachers’ engagement with research. He seeks to inculcate a research culture in schools to advocate change, and to close the gap between research and practice.

Before joining the department, Mohd completed his PhD in Science Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), under the supervision of Professor Michael Reiss. His PhD research focused on improving the pedagogical practices of teaching inquiry in school science, using a classroom action research study. His thesis showed empirically how the teaching of ‘inquiry’ can be engaged within school science using a developed pedagogical framework, and examined the impact of inquiry teaching on children’s behavioural, emotional and cognitive engagement. His PhD presented this from the perspective of the unheard voice of the teacher-researcher.

Mohd has been involved in other research projects such as a Yale-UCL Collaborative funded programme at the Yale Child Study Center. This work focused on children’s cognitive development, through the meaning-making process involved in understanding the nature of science and the structure of scientific knowledge. He also participated in an IOE-Waseda academic research programme, funded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). At present, he is actively involved in the early career researcher network for the British Educational Research Association (BERA), European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), and Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University College London

Master of Arts, Brunel University London

Bachelor of Teaching


  • L Education (General)
  • LB1501 Primary Education

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Research Output 2014 2019

study group
family situation

Scientific Enquiry and Its Place in the National Curriculum

Mat Noor, M. S. A., 2014, Writing Your MA Literature Review: Contemporary Education Studies. Malthouse, R. (ed.). London: Thalassa Publishing, p. 241-262 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

achievement orientation
best practice
twentieth century

Activities 2018 2018

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM: Funds of Knowledge

Samia Khan (Member), Lauren Boath (Member), Tanka Dahal (Member), Linda Lapere (Member), Mohd Mat Noor (Member), Neil Taylor (Member)
Nov 2018Nov 2020

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