Hsin-Kai Wu is a professor in Graduate Institute of Science Education at the National Taiwan Normal University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She earned a PhD in Science Education from the University of Michigan in 2002. Her research interests include learning technology, inquiry learning, chemistry education and computer-based assessment. She is an associate editor of International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education and serving as an editorial board member of Science Education and American Educational Research Journal. Her work has been published and highlighted in leading journals including Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, Instructional Science, and Computers & Education.


As a trained chemist and a former high school chemistry teacher, Dr. Wu started her research on chemistry visualization and representation. Her early work has focused on how students developed their conceptual understandings and representational competence with technological tools. Her recent work characterizes students’ learning practices in technology-enhanced learning environments and develops computer-based assessments to evaluate students' inquiry abilities.


ORCID: 0000-0003-0018-9969

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Scopus Author ID: 7405581631


Dr. Wu's research has been recognized in several ways. In April 2008, she received the Early Career Award from the USA-based National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). The award is given annually to the early researcher who demonstrates the greatest potential to make outstanding and continuing contributions to research in science education. She also received the Outstanding Research Award of the National Science Council in 2009 and the Outstanding Research Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2014 and 2017.  


Dr. Wu's off-work activities include hiking, yoga, photography (hkwu@500px, Instagram, Time I, Time II, City Landscape), and reading.