Hidayah Mohd Fadzil is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Education. She obtained her Science with Education degree from University of Malaya, in 2008 and pursue her doctoral study under the fast-track programme. She received her fellowship, The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) from Nippon Foundation, Japan, for her doctoral degree in Science Education at University of Malaya and graduated in 2014. She encourages creativity and exploration in each student. Adept in relaying complicated scientific theories, engaging students in scientific discussions and maintaining strong bonds with them. Hidayah's research interests include science practical work and manipulative skills, transition in science from primary to secondary school, 21st century learning skills in science and biology. She has published 10 articles in international science education journal, 3 book chapters and a book on acquisition of scientific skills. Her current projects involve research on Scientist-Teacher-Student collaboration in enhancing students' interest in science subject and exploring in-service biology teachers competency in practical work.
To address the declining enrolment in science stream, science education needs to be more relevant in order to ensure a prolonged positive attitude and interest toward science subjects. One of the ways is to demonstrate ‘authentic’ science to students is through the Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnership (STSP) where teachers as well as students will acquire the skills in ‘real’ scientific investigations from the scientists. The project promotes greater articulation of STSP as a mechanism for education reform in STEM-related fields. The project involves science stream students from 4 schools, 10 biology, chemistry and physics teachers, 2 science educators and 12 scientist from different field of expertise. The students were given an opportunity to conduct experiment on natural products and stem cell and exposed themselves to the learning environment at university.