Hagop A. Yacoubian
Dr. Hagop A. Yacoubian joined the Education Department in fall 2018 as an associate professor of education. He holds a PhD in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta in Canada. His research generally involves exploring how future citizens can be empowered so that they develop a critical mindset and engage in democratic decision-making processes. One particular focus involves the preparation of scientifically literate future citizens and how the teaching of history and philosophy of science, within the context of school science education, can facilitate such a preparation.
Dr. Yacoubian is the author of the book Critical Thinking at the Armenian Schools in Lebanon (Haigazian University Press, 2016) and the co-editor of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education on Rethinking Education for Citizenship (Routledge, 2015). His new co-edited volume Nature of Science for Social Justice (Springer, 2020) is scheduled for release later this year (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030472597). His publications have also appeared in various international academic journals.
Dr. Yacoubian has consulted schools and projects as well as trained teachers and school administrators in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Previously, he has worked as a school science teacher and has served as the Head of the Science Department at a K-12 school. Most recently, prior to joining LAU, he was associate professor of education and the chair of the Faculty of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Haigazian University.
- Yacoubian, H. A. (2020). Teaching nature of science through a critical thinking approach. In W. F. McComas (Ed.), Nature of Science in Science Instruction: Rationales and Strategies. Springer.
- Hansson, L. & Yacoubian, H. A. (2020). Nature of science for social justice: Why, what and how? In H. A. Yacoubian & L. Hansson (Eds.), Nature of Science for Social Justice. Springer.
- Yacoubian, H. A. (2020). Turning unwanted stereotypes about scientists into nature of science learning experiences that foster social justice. In H. A. Yacoubian & L. Hansson (Eds.), Nature of Science for Social Justice. Springer.
- Yacoubian, H. A. (In Press). Is science a universal or a culture-specific endeavor? The benefits of having secondary students critically explore this question. Cultural Studies of Science Education.
- El Takach, S. & Yacoubian, H. A. (2020). Lebanese science teachers’ and their students’ perceptions of science and scientists. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 8(1), 65-75.
- Yacoubian, H. A. & Khishfe, R. (2018). Argumentation, critical thinking, nature of science and socioscientific issues: A dialogue between two researchers. International Journal of Science Education, 40(7), 496-807.
- Yacoubian, H. A. (2018). Scientific literacy for democratic decision-making. International Journal of Science Education, 40(3), 308-327.
- Yacoubian, H. A., Al-Khatib, L., & Mardirossian, T. (2017). Analysis of the image of scientists portrayed in the Lebanese national science textbooks. Science & Education, 26, 513-528.
- Yacoubian, H. A. (2015). A framework for guiding future citizens to think critically about nature of science and socioscientific issues. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 15(3), 248-260.
- Yacoubian, H. A. & BouJaoude, S. (2010). The effect of reflective discussions following inquiry-based laboratory activities on students’ views of nature of science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47, 1229-1252.
- PhD in Secondary Education (Concentration in Science Education), 2012, University of Alberta, Canada.
- MA in Education (Concentration in Science Education), 2006, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
- TD in Science Education (Concentration in Secondary Education), 2003, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
- BS in Medical Laboratory Technology, 2001, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Hagop A. Yacoubian
Associate Professor of Education
Office: Shannon 4004