Hendra Y. Agustian

Hendra Y. Agustian

Assistant professor, tenure track, Tenure Track Assistant Professor

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    I have degrees in chemistry, education, and chemistry education from universities in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Indonesia. My professional background as a school teacher, curriculum coordinator, workshop leader, and educational researcher in international schooling dovetails my perpetual interest in science and science education. 


    My research programmes are centred on epistemic orientations in higher science education. Within the line of research in laboratory education, I investigate various aspects of student learning during experimental work conceptualised as epistemic practice, viz. epistemic affect, conation (in an Aristotelian perspective), embodied and epistemic cognition, multimodality, and materiality. I also develop a theoretical framework and working model for the integration of six domains of learning in the lab, mainly informed by science studies and the learning sciences. In the IQ-Lab research project, I have led a work package focussed on systematic review of empirical literature and faculty's deliberation of student learning. In the near future, the programme will be geared towards elucidation of epistemic practices in higher science education, using insights from neuroscience, psychology, and data science. 

    Methodological Interests

    • Philosophical inquiry
    • (Quantitative) ethnography
    • Structural equation modelling
    • Epistemic network analysis
    • Artefact-based cognitive focus groups
    • Multimodal discourse analysis
    • Hermeneutic phenomenology
    • Grounded theory
    • Critical policy analysis
    • Educational design research
    • Mixed methodology
    • Systematic review
    • Research synthesis
    • Historical narrative analysis


    I teach courses in science education (preservice teachers) and university pedagogy (PhDs, postdocs, faculty, medical professionals). A new course in chemistry education (inservice teachers) is open for application, to be funded by Novo Nordisk Foundation. I also lead workshops in laboratory education (faculty, laboratory assistants and technicians). In the past, I taught in laboratories of general and environmental chemistry.


    I provide research and collegial supervision. At BSc and MSc levels, I supervise projects in chemistry education, laboratory pedagogy, IBSE and PBL. I am open to diverse topics and diverse student backgrounds. It helps if you know my work and how my expertise would help you. At PhD level, I am keen on supervising projects in higher science education. When inquiring, please enclose a brief cv with your preliminary ideas of the project and funding.

    Pedagogical Development

    I support scholarship of teaching and learning within SCIENCE and SUND, particularly the ones focussed on inquiry-based, research-based, and problem-based frameworks. I work with colleagues from both physical and chemical sciences and provide professional consultancy strongly anchored in research. My experience working at the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development lays a robust foundation for development work related to higher science education curricula and strategic policies.

    Academic Service

    I serve on the Editorial Board of Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Wiley) and the scientific committee of the International Conference on Chemistry Education (IUPAC). I have peer-reviewed in various journals, including Chemistry Education Research and Practice (Royal Society of Chemistry), Higher Education (Springer), Journal of Chemical Education (American Chemical Society), and International Journal of Science Education (Taylor & Francis). 


    In my spare time, I sing in choirs, working on a vaudeville of repertoire ranging from Tallis to Macmillan, von Bingen to Stravinsky. I was a choral scholar at an Edinburgh cathedral and currently sing with Vokalensemblet Willemoes in Copenhagen. 

    Selected publications

    1. Published

      Methodological rigor in laboratory education research

      Agustian, Hendra Y., 2024, In: Laboratories. 1, 1, p. 74-86 13 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    2. Published

      10 Guiding principles for learning in the laboratory

      Seery, M. K., Agustian, Hendra Y., Christiansen, Frederik Voetmann , Gammelgaard, Bente & Malm, Rie Hjørnegaard, 2024, In: Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 25, 2, p. 383-402

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    3. E-pub ahead of print

      The critical role of understanding epistemic practices in science teaching using wicked problems

      Agustian, Hendra Y., 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Science & Education.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    4. Published

      Considering the hexad of learning domains in the laboratory to address the overlooked aspects of chemistry education and fragmentary approach to research on student learning

      Agustian, Hendra Y., 2022, In: Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 23, 3, p. 518-530 13 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    5. E-pub ahead of print

      Pupil’s role in educational design: Exploring what it means to have a say in primary school

      Agustian, Hendra Y., 15 May 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: European Journal of Education.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Selected activities

    1. Foregrounding the epistemic core of experimental work in university chemistry teaching laboratories

      Agustian, Hendra Y. (Keynote)

      6 Sep 2024

      Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

    2. The 27th International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Conference on Chemistry Education

      Agustian, Hendra Y. (Member of organizing or programme committee)

      15 Jul 202419 Jul 2024

      Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

    3. #TownsFest: A Celebration of Professor Marcy Towns

      Agustian, Hendra Y. (Invited speaker)

      11 Jan 2024

      Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

    4. University of Oxford

      Agustian, Hendra Y. (Visiting researcher)

      26 Nov 20225 Dec 2022

      Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    5. Laboratory education at university level: Philosophy, pedagogy, and practice

      Agustian, Hendra Y. (Invited speaker)

      1 Sep 2021

      Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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