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Mashood K. K.


    • Reader
    • Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

      Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


    • Academic Experience
    • • Research Associate (Feb. 2017 – Dec. 2017), STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University, USA

      • Research Associate (Jan. 2016 – Dec. 2017; Adjunct position from Feb. 2017 ), Physics Education Research Lab, CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, USA. 

  • Publications

    • Scott,E., Sawtelle, V., Anderson, C., Mashood, K. K., and Underwood, S. ( submitted ),  Developing and Analytical Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning About Complex Phenomena, CBE Life Science Education.


    • Mashood, K. K., Sawtelle, V., Anderson, C., Matz, R., Scott, E., and Underwood, S. (2016). Developing an empirically grounded framework to assess interdisciplinarity of student explanations of everyday phenomena. Physics Education Research Conference 2016 proceedings, Sacramento, CA, USA.


    • Mashood, K. K. and Vijay A. Singh (2015). Rotational kinematics of a rigid body about a fixed axis: Development and analysis of an inventory. European Journal of Physics 36, 045020.


    • Mashood, K.K. and Vijay A. Singh (2013). Large-scale studies on the transferability of general problem-solving skills and the pedagogic potential of physics. Physics Education (IOP-UK)48, 629-35.


    • Mashood, K.K. and Vijay A. Singh (2013). Development of a concept inventory in rotational kinematics: Initial phases and some methodological concerns. In Nagarjuna et. al .(Eds.), Proceedings of epiSTEME 5 – International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, Mumbai, India: Cinnamonteal.

    • Mashood K. K. and Vijay. A. Singh (2012). An inventory on rotational kinematics of a particle: Unraveling misconceptions and pitfalls in reasoning, European Journal of Physics33, 1301-12.

    • Mashood K. K. and Vijay A. Singh (2012). Rotational kinematics of a particle in rectilinear motion: Perceptions and pitfalls, American Journal of Physics, 80(8), 720-23.

    • Mashood K. K. and Vijay A. Singh (2012). Variation in angular velocity and angular acceleration of a particle in rectilinear motion, European Journal of Physics, 33, 473-78.

    • Mashood K. K. (2009). Historico -critical analysis of the concept of mass: From antiquity to Newton, In Subramaniam, K., & Mazumdar, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of epiSTEME-3 - International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, Mumbai, India: McMillan.

  • Conference Presentations

  • • Mashood, K. K., Sawtelle, V. D., Anderson, C. W., Matz, R. L., Scott, E. E., Underwood, S. M. (2016). The Need for New Instruments: Assessing Interdisciplinary Thinking. Physics Education Research Conference (PERC), July 20 - 21, Sacramento, CA.


    • Underwood, S. M., Scott, E.E., Mashood, K. K.., Sawtelle, V. D., Matz, R. L., Anderson, C. W. (2016). Investigating how students integrate their everyday experiences with their content knowledge from their chemistry, biology, and physics courses, presented at Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), University of Northern Colorado, CO, 8/16.

    • Mashood, K. K., Sawtelle, V. D., Anderson, C. W., Matz, R. L., Scott, E. E., Underwood, S. M. (2016). Investigating Student Reasoning of Everyday Interdisciplinary Phenomena -- Initial Phases.American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting, July 16 - 20, Sacramento, CA.

    • Scott, E. E., Sawtelle, V. D., Anderson, C. W., Mashood, K. K., Matz, R. L., & Underwood, S. M. (2016). Developing an Explanatory Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning About Interdisciplinary Phenomena. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) National Meeting, July 14-17, Minneapolis, MN.

    • Mashood, K.K. and Vijay A. Singh (2013). Evaluation of the inventory on rotational kinematics, presented at the Foundations and Frontiers in Physics Education Research (FFPER), Bar Harbor, Maine, USA.

    • Mashood K. K. and Vijay A. Singh (2012). An inventory on angular velocity of a particle, In Tasar, F (Ed.), Book of Abstracts, World Conference on Physics Education (WCPE), Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Expository Articles  

    • Mashood, K. K. (In Preparation), Facilitating Interdisciplinary Thinking – Why and How?, To be submitted to Current Science.

    • Mashood, K. K., Mehta, R and Punya Mishra (2017), To See a World: Using Multiple Metaphors in Science Education , Accepted in I Wonder Science Magazine, published by Azim

    Premji University, Bangalore.


  • Talks and seminars given 

    • Talk titled `Operationalizing criteria to assess interdisciplinary thinking using textbook analysis' at STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University, USA, 31 January, 2017.

    • Talk titled `Physics Education Research: A Scientific Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning of Physics', at Department of Physics, Texas A&M University, Qatar, 16 November 2016.

    • Talk titled `Physics Education Research: Evidence Based Approach to Teaching and Learning of Physics', at Department of Physics, Qatar University, Qatar, 14 November 2016.

    • Talk titled `Developing an empirically grounded framework to assess student explanation of everyday phenomena' at Michigan section AAPT meeting, 15 October 2016.

    • Talk titled `Assessing interdisciplinary thinking among undergraduate students', Create for STEM Institute, Michigan State University, 20 April, 2016.

  • Internship, projects and workshops

    • Internship at the University of Washington, Seattle under the Visiting International Student Internship Training (VISIT) program. Supervised by Prof. Paula Heron, Physics Education

      Group, Department of Physics, April – June, 2013.


    • Short visit to Mazur group, Harvard University which has pioneered the interactive pedagogy – Peer Instruction, June 2013.

    • Attended workshop for teachers in Peer Instruction conducted by Prof. Eric Mazur at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, November 2013.

    • Attended Indo -US Science and Technology Forum Workshop on Science Communication, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, December, 2010.

    • Attended National Conference on Science Education, Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai, 11-15 Decemeber, 2007.

    • Carried out the project titled ' Nurturing scientific creativity in India: A pedagogical challenge', Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, June-July, 2007.

  • Service work - Reviewing activity
    • European Journal of Physics
    • Physical Review – Physics Education Research
    • Physics Education Research Conference, USA.
    • Foundations and Frontiers in Physics Education Research, USA. 

    • Professional membership 
    • Member, Committee on International Physics Education, American Association of Physics Teachers, 2018 – Present.
    • American Association of Physics Teachers, 2012 – Present.
    • American Physical Society, Dec. 2012 – Jan. 2013.
    • Awards and grants won
    • Award of USD 3000 from the Indo-US Science Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the
    • American Physical Society (APS) under the APS-IUSSTF Physics Student Visitation Program in 2013.
    • Mini scholar in residence grant of USD 600 from the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2013.
    • Travel grant of INR 60000 from Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai, India in 2013


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