Dr.Dawit Asrat Getahun

Full Name: Dawit Asrat Getahun

Sex: Male

Academic Rank: Associate Professor

Tel: +251 91 876 6232

Email: dawit.asrat.getahun@gmail.com

Skype Address: dawit.getahun

Personal Link: https://bahirdar.academia.edu/DawitGetahun https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dawit_Getahun

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dawit-getahun-0713441b/

College and Department: College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Dept. of Psychology

Campus: Peda

P. o Box. 79

Block: 74; Room No: 111

Educational Background:

Academic Degree

BED in Pedagogical Sciences, Bahir Dar Teachers’ College, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

MA in Educational Psychology, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

PhD in Learning Sciences, McGill University, Montreal , Canada

 

Work Experience

Academic

Graduate Assistant, Bahir Dar Teachers’ College, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:       Oct. 1995 to Aug. 1998

Lecturer, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:                                     Sept. 2000 to Dec. 2008

Assistant Professor, Bahir Dar University. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:                    Dec. 2013 to Nov. 2016

Associate Professor Bahir, Dar University. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia                    Nov. 2016 to Now

Pedagogical skills trainer

  • Member of the Academic Development Resource Center at Bahir Dar University and responsible for the development of manual and provision of training for newly employed staff members on student assessment and evaluation (2003 to 2007)
  • Higher Diploma Program tutor Sept. 2006 to June 2007
  • Higher Diploma Program Leader Sept. 2007 to December 2008 & Sept. 2014 to June 2016
  • Provided training on quantitative research methods for female faculty members of Bahir Dar University organized by the gender office of BDU in collaboration with the office of capacity building (January 27 – 29, 2014)

Research assistant

McGill University, Montreal, Canada: May 2009 to June 2012

Curriculum Development Experience

  • A team leader for the revision of the PhD program in Educational Psychology at Bahir Dar University, College of Education and Behavioral sciences, Department of Psychology (December 2014 – July 2015)
  • External Assessor for the MA in Developmental Psychology program at Debre Markos University (December 2013)
  • Participated in program redesigning of the Faculty of Educational and Behavioral Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (2008)
  • Participated in developing the curriculum for establishing Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development Department at Bahir Dar University (2005)

Project work experience

  • Worked as a consultant in the Formative Evaluation of the Implementation of Primary and Secondary School Curricula in Ethiopia (conducted by BDS Center for Development Research)
  • Working as a member of the expert team formed to develop 15 years education roadmap by the Ministry of Education.
  • Worked as co-coordinator of the project “knowledge, attitude and practices of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) among school girls and community in selected districts of Amhara Region”(A baseline survey conducted by the collaboration of UNICEF, Amhara Regional State Bureau of Health, and Bahir Dar University)
  • Chaired the proposal preparation team and now working as the coordinator of the project titled “advancing quality in education in the primary and lower secondary schools of Ethiopia and south Sudan” (a project selected to be funded by NORAD with a project fund of 15 million NOK for the year 2016 – 2021)
  • Chaired the proposal preparation for establishing center of excellence in education at Bahir Dar University which enabled the University to be selected as one center of excellence.

Professional Membership

American Educational Research Association

Honors and Awards

McGill International Doctoral Awards (MIDAS): January 2009 to December 2011

Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, McGill University: January 2009 to April 2009

Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (GREAT Awards): April 2011

Education Graduate Students Society travel award: April 2011

Research Projects/Grants/Linkages/Other Developments

  • Enhancing course/module design, implementation and evaluation competencies of instructors at Bahir Dar University
  • Motivation to learn and attitude towards math and science among primary school students
  • Scientific reasoning and teaching efficacy beliefs among primary school teachers and trainers  

Publications (Journal Articles)

Getahun, D. A., Saroyan, A., & Aulls, M. (2016). Examining undergraduate students’ conceptions of inquiry in terms of epistemic belief differences. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(2), 181-205

Getahun, D. A., Aulls, M., & Saroyan, A. (2014). The nature of undergraduate students’ conceptions of inquiry. Electronic Journal of Science Education 18(8), 1 – 24

Getahun, D. A., Adamu, G., Andarge, A., & Demamu, J. (2016).Undergraduate students’ anxiety, enjoyment, valuing, and self-efficacy beliefs towards mathematics as predictors of performance. Bahir Dar Journal of Education 16(1), 16 - 33

Yalew, E., & Dawit, A. (2009). Sexual and reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of men in Bahir Dar city. Ethiopian Journal of Development Research, 31(1), 93 - 125

Getahun, D. A., & Mekonnon, D. M. (2009). Nature and congruence of teaching conceptions and classroom practices of middle school teachers. Bahir Dar Journal of Education, 2 (1)

Getahun, D. A. (2008). Exploring achievement goal orientations of freshman students as a result of gender and level of achievement. Bahir Dar Journal of Education, 1(2), 51 – 64

 

Publications (Book Chapter, Poster, Proceedings)

Mersha, Y., Bishaw, A., Getahun, D. A., & Nigussie, Y. (2009). The study of policy intervention on factors affecting female students’ academic achievement and causes of attrition in higher learning institutions of Ethiopia. (A study sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

Dawit, A., Mekonnon, D. M., & Yalew, E. (2008). Amhara regional learning assessment of grade eight students. (A study sponsored by the Amhara Education Bureau, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia).   

Getahun, D. A. (2010). Concerns of teachers: the case of Addis Ababa Schools. Saarbrucken: VDM Publishing House (published MA Thesis)

Bishaw, A & Getahun, D. A. (2014). Educational research for teacher educators. Addis Ababa: UNESCO-IICBA

Getahun, D. A. & Bishaw, A. (2002). Applied educational research: A distance education course material for school teachers. Addis Ababa: Educational Media Agency (Ministry of Education)

Getahun, D. A. (2004). Evaluating students’ learning: A training material for Instructors. Bahir Dar University: Academic Development & Resource Center

Getahun, D. A., & Gidey, T. (2005). Educational psychology: A course module. Bahir Dar University.

Getahun, D. A. (2006). Social psychology: A distance course module. Bahir Dar University.

Getahun, D. A. (2012). Assessment: A training module for HDP candidates. Bahir Dar University:

Conference Presentations

Tiruneh, D. T., Kassa, A., Ashagre, S., Tefera, Z. & Getahun, D. A. (2017). Enhancing students’ scientific reasoning: Examining the effectiveness of systematically designed instructional interventions. The 5th Annual Science Conference, College of Sciences, Bahir Dar University, 17-18 February 2017.

Tiruneh, D. T., & Getahun, D. A. (2017). Applying sound instructional design principles to promote the development of critical thinking: Creating shared visions. The 4th National Education Conference organized by the Institute of Pedagogical Sciences (IPS), Mekelle University, Mekelle, 28-29, April 2017.

Tiruneh, D. T., & Getahun, D. A. (2017). Instructional Interventions for critical thinking and the moderating effects of epistemological beliefs. May Annual International Educational Conference, Bahir Dar University, 19-20, May 2017.

Getahun, D. A., Saroyan, A. & Aulls, M. W. (2016). Examining undergraduate students’ conceptions of inquiry in terms of epistemic belief differences. Study presented at the annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington D.C. (April 8–12)

Adamu, G., Andarge, A., Demamu, J., & Getahun, D. A. (2015). Undergraduate students’ anxiety, enjoyment, valuing, and self-efficacy beliefs towards mathematics as predictors of performance. Paper presented at the first international conference on mathematics and statistics education, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar (October 24 - 27)

Getahun, D. A. (2014). The role of epistemic beliefs as cognitive prerequisites for learning through inquiry. Paper presented at May Annual Educational Seminar, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar (May 29 – 31)

Gebre, E., Getahun, D. A., & Saroyan, A. (2011). Perceptions of good university teaching: Faculty and department chairs’ perspectives. Paper presented at the annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 8 – 12)

Saroyan, A., Getahun, D. A., & Gebre, E. (2011). Understanding academic leadership. Paper presented at the annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 8 –12)

Getahun, D. A. (2007). Assessment of awareness and practices of educational testing among higher institution instructors. Paper presented at a National conference on the theme: Teaching and Learning in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions to meet the Challenges of Quality and Relevance organized by National Pedagogical Resource Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Dec. 21 -22).

Teaching

  • Undergraduate
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Research methods in Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Action Research
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • Postgraduate
  • Masters students
  • Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Fundamentals and Applications of Pedagogy
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Seminar on contemporary issues in Educational Psychology
  • PhD students
  • Univariate/Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Learning Sciences
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Thesis Supervision

  • Negasi Hagos (PhD candidate) (Expected to complete by the end of 2018). Effects of Academic Self-Efficacy, Teacher Affective Support, and Learning Approaches on High School Mathematics Achievement
  • Asrat Derib (PhD student) (started on October 2017). Organizational structure and human resource utilization in Ethiopian higher education

Area of Research Interest:

Conceptions and practices of inquiry learning and instruction; students beliefs about the nature of knowledge and knowing (epistemic beliefs); epistemic climate in schools; 

Previous and Current Positions

  • Director of the Institute of Pedagogical and Educational Research (IPER) Bahir Dar University (March 2016 to now)
  • Project coordinator for a project titled “advancing quality in education in the primary and lower secondary schools of Ethiopia and South Sudan” funded by NORAD (a project being undertaking with an amount of 15 million Norwegian Kroner)
  • Editor-in-chief of Bahir Dar Journal of Education (May 2015 - now)
  • Coordinator of Research and Community Services office of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Bahir Dar University (April 2015 to February 2016)
  • Course chair for the module Social Psychology (April 2014 – March 2015)
  • Worked as course chair for the module Research, Project and Senior Essay (March 2015 –December 2015)
  • Summer and Distance Education Unit coordinator, Bahir Dar University (Main Campus), Bahir Dar, Ethiopia: April 2002 to August 2006
  • Vice Dean, Faculty of Educational and Behavioral Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia: October 2008 to December 2008
  • NUFFIC (Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education and Research) projects contact person, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia: January 2007 to December 2008

Community Service

  • Action Research training for primary school teachers at Bahir Dar town (with Dereje Taye & Mulugeta Yayeh) – 2016
  • Quantitative data analysis training for trainers of lawyers at the training center in Bahir Dar
  • Engagement of men and boys in ensuring the wellbeing of children (training given to school mini-media participants from selected Amhara region primary schools)