Meet Cindy Han

What made you decide to enrol in your current course?

I enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research as a pathway to a PhD in education. My goal is become a lecturer and to research education policies that promote student learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

What attracted you to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education?

I am interested in improving student outcomes in STEM education by studying policy and assessment using statistics. I am attracted to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education because it is home to world-renowned departments that are leaders in these fields: The Mathematics Education Group and the Assessment Research Centre. They conduct large-scale projects that guide education professionals and policy-makers.

How far along in the degree are you?

I’m half-way through a one-year program. I am currently investigating the effect of giving high school students more freedom in selecting the subjects they study in Years 11 and 12. I will present these findings in a series of reports to my project supervisor and other MGSE academics over the next five months. In the last four months, I’ve learned new research techniques and evaluated my understanding of how students select subjects.

Your research focuses on the effects of giving high school students more flexibility in selecting the subjects they study. How did you decide on this topic?

The Gonski review finds that STEM education is critical for Australian students to succeed as technology transforms the workforce. This increased the need for education research that promotes Australian STEM education. I refined my topic with guidance from my supervisor, Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah.

What was the most challenging part of the degree so far?

The most challenging part of the degree is learning that there is no “end” to research. There are always more angles I can investigate in terms of how technology transforms how students learn, and the skills they need to succeed.

What’s been the most valuable aspect so far?

The most valuable aspect has been working closely with a knowledgeable and supportive supervisor, Associate Professor Wee Tiong Seah, who provides regular feedback on my research. Discussions with MGSE academics have been invaluable in shaping my research.

Where are you currently working and what is your role?

I run a business advising new and potential immigrants on the Australian education system. Many professionals move to Australian with work and want to make sure their children succeed in one of the best education systems in the world.

How are you juggling work and study?
I set up a daily schedule as soon as I signed up for the course. My daily schedule includes work, study, gym and family time.