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Shiyi Chen

Shiyi Chen

Assistant Professor


Niccolls Building, Room 302C



Mailing Address

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Please contact Shiyi Chen to learn about graduate student opportunities.

Shiyi’s program of research aims to identify the role of metacognition in early science education and explores ways to integrate metacognitive thinking in learning.

Ph.D., Florida State University, 2019
M.S., Missouri State University, 2012
B.S., Shanghai Normal University, 2010

  • Metacognition and early science education
  • Children’s cognitive development
  • Teacher-child interactions
  • Teacher preparation

  • Chen, S. & McDunn, B. (in press 2022). Metacognition: History, measurement, and the role in early childhood education and development. Learning and Motivation.
  • Chen, S., Geesa, R., Izci, B., & Song, H. (2021). Investigating preservice teachers’ science and mathematics teaching efficacy, challenges, and support. The Teacher Educator.
  • Geesa, R., Izci, B., Chen, S. & Song, H., (2020) Gender, attitudes and cognitive skills in fourth and eighth graders’ science achievement across three countries. Asia-Pacific Science Education, 5(1), 5-17.
  • Chen, S. (2019). Exploring factors that explain teacher-child relationships in head start: a multilevel approach. (Publication No. 13887354) [Doctoral dissertation, Florida State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.
  • Geesa, R. L., Izci, B., Song, H. S., & Chen, S. (2019). Exploring the roles of students’ home resources and attitudes towards science in science achievement: a comparison of South Korea, Turkey, and the United States in TIMSS 2015. Asia-Pacific Science Education, 5(1), 1-22.
  • Chen, S., Phillips, B. & Izci, B. (2018). Teacher-child conflict in Head Start: Exploring roles of children’s behavior, teachers’ stress and biases, and classroom environment. Early Child Development and Care. 118(12), 1633-1647. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1524378.
  • Chen, S., & Phillips, B. (2018). Factors that influence preschool teacher-child relationships at Head Start — A pilot study. Qualitative Review, 23(1), 80-97. Retrieved from
  • Philips, B,, Tabulda, G., Ingrole, S, A., Burris, P, W., Sedgwick, T, K., & Chen, S. (2016). Syntax intervention with high-need prekindergarten students: A randomized trial. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 59 (6), 1409-1420. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0155.

After living in China, Missouri and Florida, Shiyi finally answered the call of the wild and made the beautiful Pacific Northwest her home. Shiyi loves spending time in the great outdoors, exploring new recipes, books and music. The two pillars of Shiyi’s professional identity involve research and teaching. Her research is driven by the need to improve academic and developmental outcomes for young children, especially for those who are at risk. The courses that Shiyi teaches are also closely related to child development.

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture ($500,000), 2022-2024
  • Mountain West IDeA Clinical and Translational Research –Infrastructure Network. ($60,000), 2020-2021
  • American Psychological Association — Division 15 Educational Psychology Early Career Award, 2020
  • Purdue University Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence Fellowship, 2019
  • Florida State University Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award, 2019
  • Society for Research in Child Development Conference Travel Award, 2019
  • Nominee. Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2019
  • American Educational Research Association Conference Travel Scholarship, 2018
  • Council on Research in Education travel award, 2018
  • Learning and Cognition Graduate Research Award, 2017
  • Finalist. College of Education Three Minutes Thesis, 2018
  • Finalist. Robert M. Gagné Research Prize, 2017


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
Mary Hall Niccolls Building, Rm 103
751 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Phone: 208-885-6546

Fax: 208-885-5751




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322 E. Front Street, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-334-2999

Fax: 208-364-4035




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Phone: 208-667-2588

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