The Future of Education

Edition 14

Speaker Profile

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Solmaz Khodaeifaal

Institution: Simon Fraser University

Address: 8888 University Drive

Postal Code: V5A1S6

Country: Canada

Solmaz Khodaeifaal is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education—in Educational Theory and Practice: Curriculum and Pedagogy—at Simon Fraser University. Her focus is on students’ engagement, participation, preferences, their active roles in learning physics (particularly females), and how these are related to their achievement in their lives and schools. Solmaz is Director and Instructor of the Science Circles Program at Math Potentials Inc., an independent education extracurricular and enrichment organization with specific expertise in teaching mathematics and sciences and helping children to enjoy and experience success in the learning of these subjects.

Solmaz graduated in Applied Physics – Atomic from the Kharazmi University in 2002. Since then, for the last 19 years, she has constantly been working in the field of education. Solmaz has a background in Business Administration, and Education too. She graduated in Curriculum and Leadership from the University of British Columbia in 2017. From 1999 to 2014 she worked as a high school physics and mathematics teacher in public and private schools in Tehran. Since 2011, she has also been working with the International Baccalaureate Organization and its Diploma Program for the subject of physics. In 2020 she initiated working as science program director and instructor at Math Potentials Inc. in British Columbia.

Solmaz is an expert in designing and effectively delivering research, educational, instructional, and leadership programs focusing in particular on the areas of teaching physics and mathematics at high school levels. For over twenty years she has experience of working with young students with a developed combination of science, education, and management skills and knowledge. She has been involved in a number of field-based projects and experiences in education.

Solmaz recent publications include: (2017), Student Engagement: Enhancing Students' Appreciation for Learning and Their Achievement in High Schools. International Journal of Education, 9 (3): 67-85.; (2021, April 6), Reconstructing Students' Physics Learning Paths, with help from William Pinar's Method of Currere. Research Hub at Faculty of Education. Simon Fraser University.

Areas of expertise: Physics Learning, Mathematics Learning, Technology in Education, STEM Education, International Education, International Baccalaureate Program, High School Education, Adolescent Education.

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