Hendra Y. Agustian

Hendra Y. Agustian

Assistant professor, tenure track

Member of:

  • University Science Education


I have degrees in chemistry, education, and chemistry education from universities in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Indonesia. My professional background as a school teacher, curriculum coordinator, workshop leader, and educational researcher in international schooling dovetails my perpetual interest in science and sience education. In the past 6 years, I have been diligently building an expertise in laboratory education research at university level, with a strategic focus on the social-epistemological dimension of learning. 


Within the line of research in laboratory education, I design and validate a comprehensive learning assessment instrument centred on experimental work as an epistemic practice. I also develop a conceptual framework and working model for the integration of six domains of learning in the laboratory, mainly informed by science studies and the learning sciences. In the IQ-Lab research project, I have led a work package focussed on systematic review of empirical literature and university teachers' meaning making of student learning. Accordingly, I explore historical narratives in this area, particularly on justifications for instruction in the lab of physical and chemical sciences drawn from original texts by the likes of Maxwell, Kelvin, and Liebig. I am also in charge of the synthesis of all work packages in the project, gathering perspectives from students, professors, and the study programme.

My research programme in the near future will be geared towards elucidation of epistemic practices in higher science education. I am interested in exploring various aspects of wicked problems and how they should be addressed in the curriculum and instruction. I also seek to look closer into science teacher education as a vital agent by which alignment can be better forged between scientific and lay communities.

Inspired by my previous engagement in inclusive education and special education needs, I also aim to address inequities in higher science education, primarily in terms of access and learning opportunities. I am interested in recontextualisation of universal design for learning and institutional efforts to develop inclusion. I have worked and published in the field of international education and seek future collaboration opportunities, particularly related to internationalisation of curricula, inclusive practices, and cultural dissonance. 

Methodological Interests

  • Quantitative ethnography
  • Epistemic network analysis
  • Video-based retrospective focus groups
  • Multivariate analysis of variance
  • Hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Grounded theory
  • Critical policy analysis
  • Educational design research
  • Mixed methodology
  • Systematic review
  • Research synthesis
  • Historical narrative analysis

Teaching and Supervision

I teach courses in science didactics (preservice teachers) and university pedagogy (PhDs, postdocs, faculty, medical professionals). I lead workshops in laboratory education (laboratory assistants and technicians). In the past, I also taught in laboratories of general and environmental chemistry. Prior to my current focus on post-secondary education, I taught mathematics and chemistry at primary and secondary level. I also led workshops in K-12 curriculum development. In my current role, I supervise students' projects primarily in the field of chemistry education. 

Pedagogical Development

I am keen on didactical and pedagogical development projects in chemistry education, particularly the ones focussed on inquiry-based, context-based, and problem-based frameworks. I have been exploring the role of and various approaches to interactive demonstrations in those frameworks, the use of dialogic, discursive feedback, as well as fostering reflective practice in teaching. I work with colleagues from both physical and chemical sciences, and am keen on providing professional consultancy which is strongly anchored in research.


In my spare time, I sing in choirs, working on a vaudeville of repertoire ranging from Tallis to Macmillan, von Bingen to Stravinsky. Choral music has brought me on tour to Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, France, and the Netherlands. I have also received choral scholarships from University of Oxford and Edinburgh Cathedral. When I don’t sing, I draw or go hillwalking.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Considering the hexad of learning domains in the laboratory to address the overlooked aspects of chemistry education and fragmentary approach to research on student learning

    Agustian, Hendra Y., 2022, In: Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 23, 3, p. 518-530 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published
  3. Students’ understanding of the nature of science in the context of an undergraduate chemistry laboratory.

    Agustian, Hendra Y., 2020, In: Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education. 24, 2, p. 56-85

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    A Framework for Learning in the Chemistry Laboratory

    Seery, M. K., Agustian, Hendra Y. & Zhang, X., 2019, In: Israel Journal of Chemistry. 59, 6-7, p. 546-553

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Investigating inclusive practice in international schooling: A case study of two schools

    Agustian, Hendra Y., Dec 2021, In: Journal of Research in International Education. 20, 3, p. 226-241 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. Discursive characteristics of student learning in the pharmaceutical chemistry teaching laboratory

    Agustian, Hendra Y. (Speaker) & Gammelgaard, Bente (Other)

    18 Jul 202222 Jul 2022

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. Research Visit

    Agustian, Hendra Y. (Host) & Ryberg, Marie L. (Host)

    10 Jun 2022

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

  3. Laboratory education at university level: Philosophy, pedagogy, and practice

    Agustian, Hendra Y. (Invited speaker)

    1 Sep 2021

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  4. Experimental work and student learning: University professors’ perspective

    Agustian, Hendra Y. (Speaker)

    8 Oct 2021

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  5. Workshop on learning framework in the laboratory

    Agustian, Hendra Y. (Consultant) & Christiansen, Frederik Voetmann (Consultant)

    29 Jun 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

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