Mei-Shiu CHIU 邱美秀

Dr. Mei-Shiu Chiu 

Professor, Department of Education

National Chengchi University

64, Zhinan Rd. Sec. 2

Taipei 11605, Taiwan ROC




Primary interest: Affective education: On the Wellbeing, Happiness, and Ambience in Learning 情意教育:學習的幸福、快樂與氛圍(品味) (see "lab" for more information)
Linkedin; ResearchGate  

Short Profile

Dr. Mei-Shiu Chiu is a professor of education at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Education from National Taiwan Normal University and completed her doctoral study at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University, U.K. Her primary research interest is affective education: she is most interested in understanding well-being, happiness, and ambiance in learning. Her research topics focus on the design, implementation, and effectiveness evaluation of learning, teaching, and assessment in a variety of areas of knowledge (e.g., mathematics, science, and energy); interactions between emotions, cognition, and culture; and multiple research methods and data analysis methods (including educational and data science methods). She has developed several research-based educational theories, assessment tools, as well as school and teacher development courses for educational and research practices. 


Long Profile

Research experiences. Dr. Mei-Shiu Chiu's major expertise is in educational psychology, which is applied to diverse domains of knowledge, mainly mathematics, energy, and STEM. With a primary interest in affective education, her PhD thesis title is ‘children’s emotional responses to mathematical problem-solving: The role of teaching methods and problem types.’ In 2020, she served as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, USA, working for facilitating dialogues between educational and data sciences for STEM education, with Dr. Ryan Baker's laboratory. 

Research topics. With the primary interest in affective education, her research topics focus on interactions between emotion/affect, cognition, and culture for diverse knowledge domains (mainly mathematics, science, and energy) in relation to teaching, assessment, and large-scale databases. She uses diverse quantitative and qualitative methodologies and diverse data analysis techniques to address her research interests. The aim of her research is to improve educational practices, mainly in the aspects of learning and instruction. Example research topics include identifying effective educational provisions for diverse (especially disadvantaged) learners, developing effective teaching strategies, and evaluating education programs. She also studies contextual factors in relation to learning and instruction such as educational policies, curricula, cultures, and parents. 

Research skills. She uses diverse methodologies to conduct research. Her PhD thesis used both qualitative and quantitative methodology. Later her research skills extended to open, large-scale, and complex data analysis using diverse data analysis methods, e.g., learning analytics, psychometrics, and longitudinal data analysis from both micro and macro (social-cultural and ecological) perspectives. She has a strong learning ability to learn and apply new data analysis methods to research diverse important topics in education, mainly in the STEM fields. In addition to traditional software packages well-used in social sciences such as SPSS, HLM, and LISREL, she has self-learned Mplus, R, Python, and machine learning or data science skills to analyze data from diverse sources of educational data. For example, she has used machine learning, text mining, time series analysis, web scraping programming skills to analyze data from Facebook, qualitative data from teaching, and quantitative log-file data from computer-assisted learning systems using R and Python.  She joined the ASSISTments Longitudinal Data Mining Competition and obtained the rank 9th position ( For teaching purposes, some of my codings are shared in my Kaggle.

Contribution to research. She is currently an editor for educational psychology and mathematics education journals. Her research papers have been published in journals on mathematics, science, and technology education (e.g., Research in Mathematics Education; International Journal of Science and Mathematics; Research in Science Education; International Journal of Science Education, Part B; Educational Technology Research and Development), educational psychology (e.g., Journal of Educational Psychology; Thinking Skills and Creativity), and general education (e.g., Asia-Pacific Education Researcher; Educational Studies; International Journal of Educational Development). She has developed an intervention program to reduce gender gaps in attitudes towards learning science, especially the value of learning science (published in Asia-Pacific Education Researcher). Her research also demonstrates that gender gaps in mathematics and science attitudes and achievements exist in Taiwan society). She has developed several research-based educational theories, relevant assessment tools, as well as school and teacher development courses for educational and research practices, by collaborating with her graduate students and scholars worldwide.

Education and Qualifications

2000 – 2004    Ph.D. Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. (Thesis title “Children’s emotional responses to mathematical problem-solving: The role of teaching methods and problem types”)

1994 – 1996    Med Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling (major options in Educational Psycho1ogy), National Taiwan Normal University.

1985 – 1990    Bed Department of Civic and Moral Education, National Taiwan Normal University (4 years) and secondary education practicum (1 year)

Professional Position

2012 Feb. –  now   Professor, Department of Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

2020     Fulbright Senior Researcher, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

2008 – 2012   Associate Professor, Department of Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

2004 – 2008   Assistant Professor, Department of Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

1998 – 2000   Part-time lecturer and counselor, Open University, Taiwan

1989/08/01 - 2000/7/31   Teacher, Taipei Municipal Cheng-Zheng Junior High School

Course taught and service to students and the home institution

Courses and Teaching

·            Teach graduate courses on educational data analysis, educational psychology, guidance of learning, and instruction, as well as mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative methods), in English or Chinese.

·            Teach undergraduate courses on instructional psychology (in English), guidance and counseling for learning competence (academic development), and cooperative learning (in Chinese).

·            Supervise graduate (master and Ph.D.) students.

·            Mentor undergraduate students.


2020 promoting student exchange program with School of Modern Languages Cardiff University, UK 

2007 – 2009   Director, Center for In-service Teacher Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Members of academic affairs, student affairs, and library committees of the National Chengchi University

Examiner of student entrance to the Department of Education, National Chengchi University

Editorial and Academic Organization Service

Editor on mathematics education, 2019-now: EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (; 2018 associate editor

Associate editor on educational psychology, 2021/02-now: Board of Educational Psychology (specialty section of Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Education) (

Member of International Editorial Board, 2020-now: Journal of Research and Advances in Mathematics Education (  

Member of Editorial Board, 2023, Secondary Education. 《中等教育季刊》; Guest Editor for the special issue on "affective development of subject-matter learning", 2022: Secondary Education. 《中等教育季刊》「學科學習的情意發展」專刊編輯委員截稿日為111年9月20日,出刊日為111年12月30日。

Member of Editorial Team, 2023/04-now:  Futurity Education
Leader of the Taiwan research team, from 2023 Feb.: The Third Wave Lab: An international consortium researching values and valuing in mathematics education. The University of Melbourne.  (; Facebook group)

Academic Membership

Society of Taiwan Women in Science and Technology (; permanent member from 2018 Sep.)

Taiwan Association for Mathematics Education (; permanent member from 2019 Feb.)

Fulbright Taiwan (; permanent member from 2022 May)

European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (; 2006-2008, 2019, 2020, 2022-2024)

Formosa Alternative Experimental Pedagogy Association (; 2018)

Chinese Association of Psychological Testing (; 2019-2020)

International Educational Data Mining Society (; 2018-2021)

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (; 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013)

American Psychological Association (; 2019-2020)

Professional Honors and Awards

2020, 2022 Research Award, National Science and Technology Council (Ministry of Science and Technology), Taiwan

2012, 2020, 2021, 2022 Academic research excellence award, National Chengchi University

2011-2022 Academic research excellence award, College of Education, National Chengchi University

2019 “Instructional Psychology” Excellent undergraduate English-taught course, National Chengchi University

2018 spring semester, "Cooperative Learning" Excellent Small Private Online Courses (SPOCS) Course

2000- 2004 full scholarship for study abroad from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, on affective education (教育部公費留學考試錄取(情意教育) study at University of Cambridge