The centre offers 30 modules for B.Ed Secondary Program and 6 modules for PgDE program. The faculty members from the centre are also involved in delivering professional and personal modules. The Centre also offers part-time program for the school science lab assistants titled ‘Diploma in School Science Lab Management’ launched on 21st December 2015. Further, CISER has plans in place to launch M.Ed in physics, chemistry, and biology. The centre has eminent faculty members with wide research experience in natural and social science. The CISER aspires to create a dynamic research culture that will enhance the quality of teaching and learning. Furthermore, the centre aims to conduct interdisciplinary research that addresses social issues which will have wider application
To be a vibrant centre of excellence in science education that fosters research and innovation
- Promoting research-led pedagogy among the faculty members in learning, teaching and assessment,
- Enriching students ‘learning by providing innovative approaches in teaching, learning, and assessment,
- Conducting applied interdisciplinary research,
- Collaborating with institutions and relevant organizations within and outside the country,
- Enhancing use of ICT in learning, teaching, and assessment,
- Organizing workshops, trainings seminars, and conferences, at the national and international level,
Ms. Reeta Rai is a lecturer and the Head of Centre for Innovations in Science Education and Research (CISER) in the Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She joined Samtse College of Education in July 2007 and teaches chemistry and professional subjects like teaching skills and strategies to Bachelor, Postgraduate and Masters student teachers. She has great passion for teaching and has advanced in her professional journey from a school science teacher to an academic in Royal University of Bhutan. Her teaching philosophy is based on the principle of learning by doing. She facilitates students’ learning with hands-on approach or physically letting the students experience and apply learnt scientific concepts. She has 19 years of teaching experiences and a recipient of dedicated service award from His Majesty’s Secretariat, Royal Government of Bhutan.
Besides teaching she has been actively involved in various research projects some even funded by international agencies such as HELVETAS, DANIDA, UNFPA and NORHED. Currently she is pursuing her PhD titled, “impacts of releasing untreated vehiclewash wastewater into the streams and rivers of Bhutan,” in Kathmandu University under the fellowship of Norwegian Government. Her research interest lies in applied science education and environmental science, in particular conservation of natural resources from anthropogenic activities. She has co-authored a book chapter and published journal articles in the fields of environment, social science and science education.
Bal Bahadur Mongar (M.Sc. Zoology) is a teacher educator currently working in Samtse College of education as a lecturer. He received his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan in 1998, Master of Scientific Studies (Zoology) from Madras University, Tamil Nadu, India in 2007. Initially, he worked as a teacher at then Daga Middle Secondary School and taught Biology, Chemistry and Integrated science. Since 2007, he joined Samtse College of education. In the college he has taught modules such as Human Anatomy and physiology, Genetics and Evolution, Immunology, Skills and Strategy, and Educational Assessment and Evaluation for B. Ed. and PgDE. Currently he also teaches Advance studies and Misconceptions for Master students.
He is passionate about effective teaching method through creation of conducive and democratic learning environment with student’s maximum participation. He believes that the emotion of the teacher plays an important role in teaching-learning process and motivation of student.
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Karma Utha (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She has been a teacher educator since 2000 and has taught research proposal development, advanced studies, teaching skills, teaching strategy, physics education, electronics, electricity and magnetism, optics and waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, heat and thermodynamics, properties of matter and energy, and mechanics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She was the Programme Leader of Diploma in School Science Laboratory Management (DSSLM). She initiated and led the DSSLM programme development. She was also the Programme Leader of Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PgDE) and led the PgDE part-time programme development for private school teachers. At the national level, she was involved in developing science curriculum framework for classes IV to XII and developing school science text books and teachers’ manual that are being used in the schools at present. She has conducted numerous professional development workshops for school teachers, University lecturers, teacher educators, and school laboratory assistants on curriculum implementation, assessment, university teaching and learning, and school science laboratory management.
Currently she is the Dean of Academic Affairs in the College. She provides academic support to faculty and students. She successfully led the development and launch of M. Ed in Science and Maths programme, PgDE part-time programme, and Master of Arts in Contemplative Counselling Psychology programme as a Dean.
An ardent believer of ‘no child being left behind’ in learning, she is actively involved in refining students learning thorough improving students’ classroom participation, making summative assessment fair, giving effective feedback on students’ work, and undertaking research based teaching and learning.
Kinley (PhD) is a teacher educator and is currently the Dean Research and Industrial Linkage (DRIL) of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught microbiology, plant kingdom, curriculum theory, pedagogy (teaching skills & teaching strategies), educational research, advanced studies, life skills,
and human values to the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He supervises masters’ research. He was the Centre Head for Centre for Innovation in Science Education and Research from 2016 till end of October 2017.
During his tenure as Centre Head he initiated communication with UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia) as a result the Rector and two professors from UiTM visited SCE and eventually a letter of partnership was signed between SCE and UiTM. He also enhanced communication with TSS (Teton Science School, Wyoming, USA) and was able to organise a visiting lecturer from TSS to SCE for a semester. Then a programme partnership letter was signed between TSS and SCE. Further, he successfully coordinated the visit of a Professor in Quantum Information Science from Macquarie University, Sydney for six weeks. He was very instrumental for the launch of M. Ed science and mathematics.
Besides teaching and research he engages deeply in developing research grant project proposals. Currently, he is involved in one national and one international project. He has developed and coordinated application for numerous international research grants. As DRIL, one of his efforts has been to promote the research and writing amongst the faculty and students. He provides professional development on educational research and action research to school teachers. His research interests ranges from natural science research- educational research to educational technology research. .
Kinzang Dorji (PhD) is a teacher educator of Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). He began his teaching career as a full time Biology teacher mostly served in the lower and higher secondary schools in different parts of Bhutan (2000-2003). During his tenure as secondary education teacher, he has significantly contributed a great deal to students’ emotional and psychological well-being through pastoral care, inculcation of values, attitudes and citizenship. He joined the college as a full time Lecturer in January 2005, after having acquired his master degree in Botany from the University of New England, Australia. Kinzang Dorji earned his PhD in Freshwater Ecology from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia in 2016.
Dr. Dorji’s ongoing 13 years of university-level teaching experience in the College of Education involves multi-disciplinary teaching areas such as teaching of Skills and Strategies; Environmental Education; Functional Information Technology; Educational Research; and other elective modules in Biology. His multi-disciplinary areas of teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels add value in designing and developing programme related modules for any new programme in the college. Apart from his role in the university teaching, he also serves as a Programme Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. As a programme leader, he ensures that the programme is academically coherent, working closely with module tutors, Centre heads and Dean of Academic Affairs for delivering the programme using appropriate teaching, learning and assessment tools.
He also served as Coordinator for the Centre for University Learning and Teaching (CULT) in 2008-2012. During his tenure as coordinator, his contribution towards developing RUB’s Policy document (co-authored) for the CULT, and establishment of its first Centre based at the SCE, has advanced research and innovation in tertiary teaching and learning among RUB member Colleges.
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Kishore Mongar is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught the modules on Plant Taxonomy, Plant Physiology and Morphology, Ecology, Genetics, Immunology and Microbiology, Environmental Education, Biology Education, Research, Teaching Skills and Teaching Strategies at the undergraduate and post graduate level. He has served as the subject leader and Head of Department for Biology at Samtse College of Education. He has taken part in reviewing and developing national science curriculum for classes VIII, IX and XI. He was actively engaged in developing various programmes like Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Biology and Diploma in School Laboratory Management offered to Laboratory Assistants in schools in Bhutan. He has written varieties of Self-instructional learning materials (SIM) for modules for Diploma in Laboratory management.
He emphasizes on the importance of philosophy of science in science teacher education. As educator he strives to educate teachers on content knowledge in Biology, teaching methods to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to students and ways to engage students to learn on their own. He believes that teachers’ philosophies of science will determine the effectiveness of learning and teaching of science in schools.
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Lhapchu is a Chemistry lecturer at Samtse College of Education. Apart from teaching the elective subject, he also teaches research modules, pedagogy modules, and curriculum modules. He also facilitates the professional development and induction programmes for the university lecturers as and when required by the OVC. During his tenure as an acting Dean for RIL, Samtse, he worked in collaboration with the Research Department at OVC to carry out the planned activities in the college. He also headed the Professional Department in the college and coordinated the activities and programmes related to the department.
Before joining the college, he worked in a Lower Secondary School in Haa from 2001 till 2008. During that time he served as the staff secretary, examination secretary, counsellor and focal person for school and parents programme coordinated by MoE.
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Nandu Giri (PhD) is a teacher educator and is currently Professor of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. His teaching subjects include chemistry, chemistry education, teaching skills, teaching strategies, educational research and science laboratory management at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised undergraduate and masters research. He was the Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Principal at Samtse College of Education for several years during which he established a variety of student services such as health centre, printing , semso, stationery cum book shop and counseling services.
He is the Programme leader of M Ed Science and Mathematics which was launched in July 2017. He has played a key role in the design of M Ed programme structure and module descriptors relevant to the teachers currently teaching in schools. He has worked very closely with the Royal Education Council in revising the school curriculum. He has conducted several professional development workshops for teachers and was involved in the organization and management of practicum for 20 years through which he has established good linkages with school Principals and teachers.
He is specialized in water quality analysis. He has analysed the quality of water in industrial area, urban area and agricultural field. His current research focus is on improving water sustainability strategies in the Himalayan cities. He led the Danish-RUB research project on Quality of Education in the prospective for Gross National Happiness (GNH) and Assessment Practices in Bhutan during 2012-2015.
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Ransingh Tamang is a lecturer and the Programme Leader of Diploma in School Science Laboratory Management Programme of Samtse College of Education. From 2010 to 2013 he also served as Programme Leader M. Ed programme.
He has more than 20 years of teaching experience at college including 7 years of teaching experience in higher secondary school. He teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and including part-time programme the modules like Research methods, Teaching strategies, Teaching skills, information and communication technology, Biology Education, Microbiology, Immunology, Evolution and genetic, Cell biology, Human anatomy and physiology, Invertebrate and vertebrate and Plant physiology.
He is highly experienced in developing, reviewing curriculum, and writing self-instructional materials (SIMs) for undergraduate and postgraduate programme including part-time diploma programme. He had participated in reviewing and writing national curriculum (school environmental science curriculum 2014)
He is passionate about ICT tools integration in teaching and believes that teachers should developed technological competencies that are required if teachers to be proficient in integrate ICT tools in their teaching. He encourages his students to use virtual laboratory simulation and manipulation for science learning. He also facilitated ICT training to teachers and principals under Chiphen Rigphel project (2010 to 2015)
He was the recipient of gold medals for the academic excellence in undergraduate (Sherubtse college 1996) and postgraduate (University of Madras 2009).
Sonam Rinchen, PhD is a teacher educator at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught chemistry, chemistry education, research methods and other educational modules to the pre-service and in-service teachers.
He is a passionate teacher and keen researcher. His research interests include teacher education and women studies. He is also interested in the study of emotions and emotional climate of science classrooms both at the school and university level.
Tandin Penjor is a teacher educator and subject leader of physics in Samtse College of Education. He has taught teaching strategy, teaching skills and physics electives for undergraduate and postgraduate. He is actively engaged in the development of the modules for M. Ed which he now teaches. As a teacher educator, he is guided by the philosophy to conduct oneself with professionalism, continue to learn and desire to make contributions to the field of education. He uses his knowledge of the subject to generate interest in the student by connecting complex concepts to examples from their daily life. He encourages the students to engage in critical thinking, investigation, experimentation and solving challenging problems. He also advocates the use of technology to support his teaching and assessing his student’s learning. He set high standards and expectations from his student to raise their potentials.
Apart from teaching, he has provided active professional services like facilitating a workshop on “Introduction to University learning and teaching” for college educators, localization of VLE (Moodle) in Dzongkha, imparting training on ICT skills to his colleagues and teachers from MoE. Now, he takes interest in research activities to help solve waste management.
Ugyen Pem is an Assistant Professor at Samtse College of Education. She has M.Sc (Physics) from University of Roorkee, India; PgCE from Samtse College of Education, Bhutan; and GCES from University of New England, Australia. She started her teaching journey as a school teacher and then as a teacher educator. This journey endowed her with a lot of experience. Be it teaching physics and mathematics in primary and secondary schools, which she did for 10 years, or teaching of electives and professional modules at Samtse College of Education, which she did for 14 years.
In her capacity as a programme leader from July 2009 to June 2016, she worked tirelessly to develop and launch the nested programme Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgDHE). Regardless of her tight schedule, she dedicated herself for the smooth functioning of the programme. This dedication made her realize the importance of public relations and team work.
Though she is currently teaching physics elective modules for B.Ed. and PgDE programmes and Misconceptions in Physics for M.Ed programme, she had also involved in the development of the M.Ed programme earlier. This was possible because of her previous experiences of development of programmes and modules. Passionate to learn, she even after her 24 years of teaching career still has the desire to learn more. Every day she wakes up with the same enthusiasm to discover something new which might prove to be useful to her and her students.
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