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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, self-regulated learning and early science education
  • Children’s cognitive development
  • Place-based education
  • Teacher-child interactions
  • Teacher preparation

  • Chen, S., Phillips, B., & Dong, S. (2024). Language teaching belief-practice alignment among preschool teachers serving children from low-SES backgrounds. Teaching and Teacher Education, 104(2024), 104465.
  • Chen, S. & Meize, G, & Dousay, T. (2023). Grow to Learn: A metacognitive approach to early science education. Journal of Research in Science and Technological Education, 42(1).
  • Chen, S., Cerruti, M., Ghandi, M., Tsao, L., & Sermeno, R. (2023). Determining the effect of emotive intelligent spaces on young children’s self-regulation and cognitive performance. Cogent Education, 10(2), 2281850.
  • Izci, B., Geesa, R., Chen, S., & Song, H. (2023). Daily routines and coping behaviors of children and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Research in Childhood Education32(1), 47-70.
  • Chen, S. & McDunn, B. (2022). Metacognition: History, measurements, and the role in early childhood development and education. Learning and Motivation, 78(9), 101786.

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.

  • Nominee. Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Idaho, 2024
  • Awardee. Emerging Scholar Award, Eastern Educational Research Association, 2024
  • Awardee. Alumni Award for Excellence – Mentor, University of Idaho, 2023
  • 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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1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
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Phone: 208-667-2588

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