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Dr. Yan Sun


Ph.D., Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University (2013)
Post-Doc, Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation, Texas A&M Engineering
Experiment Station, Texas A&M University (2014)
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, Purdue University (2012)

Courses Taught

TKT 4803/6803: Integrating Technology for Meaningful Learning
TKT 4683: Senior Seminar
TKT 4203: Emerging Technologies
TKT 8713: Research in ISWD
TKT 4483/6483: Methods of Teaching STEM

Research Interest

Dr. Sun’s research revolves around the area where STEM education intersects with technology. She is interested in examining how technology can be integrated to improve STEM teaching and learning. Dr. Sun employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research methodologies in her research on innovative technology-integrated STEM education pedagogy, projects, and interventions.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wheat, C., Sun, Y., & Hocutt, M. (in press). Active University Teaching and Engaged Student Learning: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Sun, Y., Strobel, J., & Newby, T. (2017). The impact of student teaching experience on pre-service teachers’ readiness for technology integration: A mixed methods study with growth curve modeling. Educational Technology Research and Development, 65(3), 597-629. DOI: 10.1007/s11423-016-9486-x

Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2014). From knowing-about to knowing-to: Development of engineering PCK by elementary teachers through perceived learning and implementing difficulties. American Journal of Engineering Education, 5(1), 41-60.

Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2013). Elementary engineering education (EEE) adoption and expertise development framework: An inductive and deductive study. Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 3(1), 32-52.

Luo, Y., Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2013). The effect of collectivism-individualism on learners’ cooperative learning of motor skills. Journal of International Students, 3(1), 41-51.

Sun, Y. (2012). The EMPIRe model as a thinking tool to prepare teachers for technology integration. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 5(2), 95-110.

Yu, J. H., Luo, Y., Sun, Y. & Strobel, J. (2012). A conceptual K-6 teacher competency model for teaching engineering. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal, 56, 243-252.

Book Chapters

Teslow, J., Sun, Y. & Strobel, J. (2016). Chapter 31: Assessing K-12 engineering education curricula: A holistic and practice-oriented perspective. In D. Wyse, L. Hayward, & J. Pandya (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (pp.487-506). SAGE, Chicago.

Rogers, R., Winship, J, & Sun, Y. (2015). Systematic support for STEM pre-service teachers: An authentic and sustainable four-pillar professional development model. In Dikilitaş, K. (Ed.), Innovative professional development methods and strategies for STEM education (pp. 73-90). MePA: IGI Global.

Sun, Y. & Strobel, J. (2013). Conceptualize Elementary Engineering Education (EEE) Adoption and Expertise Development. In Mammes, I. (Ed.). Technische Bildung von Anfang an - nationale und internationale Perspektiven (pp. 142-158). Hohengehren: Schneiderverlag.


Rogers, R., & Sun, Y. (accepted). Engaging STEM students from rural Areas: Emerging Research and Opportunities. MePA: IGI Global.

Selected Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Sun, Y., & Rogers, R. (2018). Measuring online learning self-efficacy: A multi-dimensional tool. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Conference, New York, NY.

Sun, Y., & Rogers, R. (2017). Validating an instrument for measuring online learning self-efficacy: A structural equation modeling approach. Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2017 International Convention, Jacksonville, Florida.

Sun, Y., Wheat, C., Hocutt, M., & Wedgeworth, J. (2017). Learning, pedagogy, and space: Student engagement and faculty teaching paradigm shift. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2017 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Sun, Y. (2016). Student teaching experience and pre-service teachers’ readiness for technology integration: A mixed methods study. Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2016 International Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wheat. C., Sun, Y., Hocutt, M. & Wedgeworth, J. (2016). Active University Teaching and Engaged Student Learning: A Mixed Methods Approach. 2016 Mid-South Educational Research Association Meeting, Mobile, Alabama.

Sun, Y. (2015). Tinkering and engineering Reinforcement: Improve mathematics learning through 3D printing and modeling. Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2015 Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2015). The K-12 STEM School-Industry Partnership: Where it is and where it should go? American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2013). Instructional tools, pedagogy, and elementary engineering teaching: A typological approach. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.

Kim, N, Tafur, M, Kim, W., Carr, R. L., Luo, Y., Sun, Y., Yuksel, T., Weber, N. R., Dyehouse, D., & Strobel, J. (2012). Design fixation and cooperative learning strategies in elementary engineering education, in Online Repository of the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Sun, Y., Boots, N. & Strobel, J. (2012). EEE (Elementary Engineering Education) adoption and expertise development model: Conceptualizing, sssessing, and tracking elementary teachers’ EEE adoption and EEE expertise development. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National conference 2012, San Antonio, TX.

Yu, J., Luo, Y., Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2012). A Conceptual K-6 Teacher Competency Model for Teaching Engineering. Regional Conference on Engineering Education & Research in Higher Education 2012, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Sun, Y., & Strobel, J. (2011). Engineering, learners, and contexts (ELC): Development of pedagogical engineering knowledge by elementary teachers through perceived learning and implementing difficulties. Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES), Madrid.


Co-PI, Rethinking Rural Education Preparation Programs Initiative (REP), US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant. Award amount: $3,049,215.00. Award number: U336SJ600I8.

Co-PI, Project Engage, US Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Grant. Award amount: $738,165.00. Award number: Pl20Al60122.

Co-PI, Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant, Award amount: $51,200.

Professional Leadership

Editorial Board, Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (2012-present)

Reviewer, IGI Global

Reviewer, European Journal of Engineering Education

Reviewer, AERA conferences


Featured research paper highlighted at 2016 AECT International Convention at Las Vegas for innovation and research rigor: Student Teaching Experience and Pre-Service Teacher’s Readiness for Technology Integration: A Mixed Methods Study (October 2016)

Faculty Team Award for Institute for P-12 Engineering Research & Learning (INSPIRE) team, College of Engineering, Purdue University (April 2011)