Professor and STEM Education Research Scientist Develops New Learning Model and is Making Global Connections

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Press Release | Posted on August 15, 2020

(Doctoral Degree in Science Education;
Post-Doctoral Fellowships & Training in STEM Education)

DR. PATRICE JULIET PINDER, a Bahamian-born Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educator and a globally recognized Research Expert advances the fields of “Education” and “Migration Studies.” Dr. Pinder recently unveiled a new comprehensive interdisciplinary learning model of migrant schooling.  The interdisciplinary model combines biological (familial hereditary and genetic), socio-cultural, and psychological-cultural factors to best explain why some migrant or immigrant students often outperform some native students.

Dr. Pinder’s new learning model/educational model builds upon the earlier model of former University of California at Berkeley’s Distinguished Professor Dr. John Ogbu’s “cultural-ecological theoretical model.” Dr. Pinder’s greater theoretical research project examines the academic performances of migrant students, immigrant students, and native students in various academic subjects, such as: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Reading, Language Arts, and Literacy. The study looks at K–12 and college students’ performances in the wealthier continental regions of the world, such as: North America, Europe, and Australia (i.e. regions with the highest reported GDP Per Capita for the years 2016 & 2019).Although, the tenets of Dr. Pinder’s learning model and theoretical research currently apply to K–12 migrant and immigrant students living in the wealthier regions of the world, Dr. Pinder believes the tenets of her overall theoretical research and educational model and the essential points concerning migrant and immigrants’ migration and them doing well academically in their new host countries might also be applicable to the Bahamas and to the greater Caribbean region.

Dr. Pinder’s new theoretical research and model were published and released recently by the International Journal of TESOL and Learning, Volume 9, Issues 1–2 and is available through the U.S. Department of Education’s ERIC online platform. The title of the research is “exploring an interdisciplinary theoretical model of migrant schooling to effectively account for the achievement differences of migrant and native students.” Her new scholarly works were presented in Zhenjiang, Asia at an invitation only forum for “High Level Talents/Top Level Research Scholars.” Dr. Pinder’s model will inform the global education and migration studies literature and should be embraced by other researchers and educators worldwide.  

Besides the aforementioned accomplishments, Dr. Pinder’s background and prior global efforts are outlined as follows. She was born in Nassau, Bahamas and received her primary and secondary education in the Bahamas where she excelled very early in the “sciences” and “mathematics.” She later went on to obtain her education and training in the USA. She has earned degrees, such as: an Associate of Arts Degree in Biology, a Bachelor of Science Degree with Departmental Honors in Biology with a minor in English, a Master of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning post graduate training with emphasis in Environmental Planning, a Doctor of Education Degree with specialization in Science Education, and she did Post-Doctoral Training in STEM Education at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

Pinder has taught and conducted research projects across multiple disciplines in the USA, the Caribbean, and Asia. She has taught numerous courses in: Biology, General Science, Integrated Sciences, Mathematics, Education, and Research Methods. Additionally, she has mentored, served as an external reviewer, and advised Ph.D. students in the areas of: Science Education, Engineering Education, Medical Education (Program Review, Assessment, & Evaluation of Admission Tools for Graduate Medical programs at universities, for example Canadian Universities), Cultural/Historical Studies, and Business Administration (DBA & Ph.D. programs). From 2014–2017, Dr. Pinder served as an “external reviewer” of STEMM dissertations for PhD Candidates at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York. Some of the students whom Dr. Pinder served as an external reviewer for were: Dr. Kien Trinh, MD, PhD, now Professor and Program Chair at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University Faculty, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Dr. Julia T. Latorre, PhD, now Professor of Engineering and Engineering Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, New York; and Dr. Kurt J. Minervino, PhD, now Professor of Education, Buffalo State College, and Earth Science Instructor, New York State Master Teacher Program.

Dr. Pinder’s research projects have been chiefly focused in the general areas of: Science Education/STEM Education, Soil Microbiology/Soil Chemistry, and Economics/Urban/Social Development. She has published in peer-reviewed international journals and presented at and chaired sessions at international conferences.  In all, Dr. Pinder has:

  • 37 conference and peer-reviewed research journal papers
  • 7 general presentations including “invited guest lectures”
  • 6 research abstracts
  • 7 non-peer reviewed published research articles
  • 3 comprehensive/technical research project reports
  • 1 published STEM Education Research book, “Issues and Innovations In STEM Education Research: Theoretical and Empirical Studies by Early Career Researchers”
  • 2 peer-reviewed book chapters
  • 3 discussant sessions for regional conferences (USA)
  • 1 Research Grant Award (CO-PI, Game-based Learning Project), $58, 121, Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Pinder has also created and hosted conferences and workshops/seminars of her own, such as:

  • A STEAM Education Game-Based Learning (GBL) Conference—National Teacher-Training Conference in collaboration with the Lyford Cay International School, Lyford Cay, Bahamas,
  • A Mini-Conference for Ph.D. Candidates, China, in collaboration with Professor Dr. Jinyan Huang (currently, Distinguished Professor & Director of the Research Institute, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China),
  • Teacher-Training GBL and Grant Writing Workshops, Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the  Ministry of Education and the University of the West Indies’(UWI),
  • And, Teacher-Training GBL and Simulations Training Sessions in Math and Sciences including some minor introductory simulation exercises in Nanoscience/Nanotechnology, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Professional Development Unit, Nassau, Bahamas.

In addition to all of the aforementioned, Dr. Pinder currently serves the international educational profession in the following capacities:

  • Editor-In-Chief, International Journal of Education & Culture  (IJEC), USA
  • Associate Editor, China US Education Journal (CUED), USA
  • Invited Guest Peer Reviewer, Top Tier Q1 Wiley Journal Science Education, USA
  • Invited Guest Reviewer, Top Tier Q1 Elsevier Academic Journal, Social Science Research Journal, USA
  • Invited Guest Peer-Reviewer, the University of Toronto’s School of Education Journal, Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, & Technology Education, Canada
  • Invited Guest Peer-Reviewer, Howard University’s School of Education Journal, A Top Tier Q1 Journal, The Journal of Negro Education, USA
  • Invited Guest Article Editor & Article Peer-Reviewer, SAGE Journal ONLINE, STEM Education Division, USA
  • And, Reviewer of conference research papers for the prestigious organizations: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST, USA) & Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE, USA).

Cited or quoted by more than 375 researchers worldwide in the fields of education, social sciences, and STEM, and her research studies have been used by prestigious universities, such as:

  • Boston University (Graduate Course, Class AP 551, Issues in Higher Education Administration, Spring, 2016), USA
  • Boise State University (Graduate Course, EDTECH 541, Integrating Technology in the Classroom, Spring 2009), USA
  • University of Wisconsin at Stout (Graduate Course, EDUC 696C, 2012), USA
  • University of the West Indies (,
  •  And, The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (2015/2016),

Enclosing, Dr. Pinder is proud to represent the wider Caribbean and the Bahamas as a “Global Education Ambassador.” She best describes herself as a “STEM Educator, Research Scientist, Professor, and Ph.D. Advisor without any defined borders.” Dr. Pinder credits her continued successes in life to her strong faith and belief in GOD, her international training and exposure, and being raised in a family environment that promotes and encourages “excellence.” If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Pinder at:

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