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Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh


Research Associate

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+ 44 (0)1223 767692


  • PhD in Educational Sciences (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • MSc in Educational Sciences (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
  • MEd in Educational Technology (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
  • BEd in Pedagogical Sciences (Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Research Fellow at the East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
  • Research Fellow at the University of North Texas, Denton, USA
  • Member of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • Member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

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Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include the design of instructional interventions for critical thinking and other 21st century skills, teacher education, and educational access and equity. He publishes in renowned international journals in the field of instructional design and technology. Before his PhD, he taught for several years at the Faculty of Education in Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

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Research Topics

  • Instructional design
  • School effectiveness 
  • Educational access and equity
  • Quantitative methods

Current Research Project(s)

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Principal and Recent Publications

Tiruneh, D.T., Gu, X., De Cock, M., Elen, J. (2018). Systematic design of domain-specific instruction on near and far transfer of critical thinking skills. International Journal of Educational Research, 87, 1-11, doi: 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.10.005.

Tiruneh, D. T., De Cock, M., Elen, J. (2018). Designing Learning Environments for Critical Thinking: Examining Effective Instructional Approaches. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 6(16), 1065-1089. doi: 10.1007/s10763-017-9829-z.

Hindeya, H., Detahun, D., Ahmed, A., Tiruneh, D.T. (2018). Revisiting Teacher Educators' Training in Ethiopia: Implications for a New Approach to Curriculum Development. Bahir Dar Journal of Education, 17 (2), 89-105.

Tiruneh, D. T., Weldeslassie, A., De Cock, M., Elen, J., Janssen, R. (2017). Measuring Critical Thinking in Physics : Development and Validation of a Critical Thinking Test in Electricity and Magnetism. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 15, 663–682. doi: 10.1007/s10763-016-9723-0.

Tiruneh, D. T., Weldeslassie, A., Kassa, A., Tefera, Z., De Cock, M., Elen, J. (2016). Systematic design of a learning environment for domain-specific and domain-general critical thinking skills. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(3), 481-505. doi:10.1007/s11423-015-9417-2.

Tiruneh, D. T., Verburgh, A., Elen, J. (2014). Effectiveness of critical thinking instruction in higher education: A systematic review of intervention studies. Higher Education Studies, 4(1), 1-17.

Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh

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