Sharifah Syed Abdullah (PhD Graduate 2018)

Thesis title: Epistemological Diversity in Decontextualised Outdoor Environmental Education


I have being actively involved in the field of environmental education since I embarked on a masters degree in science education. At the early stage of the degree in 2009, I already had an inclination to pursue further research within the field of environmental education. Within this broad area of interest, I focused my master's dissertation on science teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge for teaching environmental education across the science curriculum. While studying, I also worked as a research assistant for the science education research group at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. I also had a few months working as a researcher at the university’s Centre of Environment and Development. In total, I have had three years of work experience as a team member in different research groups researching issues within the field of science and environmental education. This includes projects carried out in collaboration with local environmental NGOs such as WWF Malaysia.

Currently, with regards to my Doctoral degree, I have focused my research on environmental education in outdoor settings. Specifically, the study aims at investigating the potential of decontextualised outdoor environmental education in developing pro-environmental behaviour.


  • MEd, The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia (2009-2011)
  • BEd (Hons), Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia (2005-2009)

Research summary

  • Environmental education
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Outdoor education
  • Experiential learning
  • Life history