Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Tingxuan “Tina" Li earned her Ph.D. from the College of Education at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) in 2019. Her research interests include educational statistics, educational assessment design, and STEM+C education (science, technology, engineering, math, plus computing education). In her dissertation, she employed statistical models to identify the characteristics of computational thinking among young learners. In addition, she was a summer pre-doctoral fellow in Educational Testing Service (ETS, Princeton, New Jersey) sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the U.S. Department of Education. Her responsibility was to model the data collected from the computer-based Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

At Purdue, she was a key personnel on multiple research projects (funded by the National Science Foundation, e.g., NSF #1238140; NSF #0963621) as well as a member of Dr. Rhonda Phillips's research group for community and sustainable development. Among her publications is included , “A bioenergy competency assessment tool: development and validation, “ published in the Journal of Baltic Science Education. The article promoted the idea that future renewable energy-related economic and environmental impacts can serve as an important context to foster scientific literacy for young leaners; youth may become more engaged with learning in science by seeing its connections to the real world.

Tina was born and raised in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. That her parents and grandparents dedicated their whole lives to ethnic minority education has had a major influence in her career choice.

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