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Suhailah Binti Hussien

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Education - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
  • Master of Education (Social Foundation of Education) - Masters Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Human Science in Philosophy - Bachelor Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Mactriculation - Certificate, International Islamic University Malaysia

Suhailah Binti Hussien (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Other's position:

Dean, Kulliyyah of Education

Expert Profile

Suhailah Hussien graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Sciences, majoring in Philosophy from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1996, then completed her Diploma in Education majoring in English Language and Islamic Studies at the same university in the following year. She won the Best Student Award for English Language specialization. She secured a teaching position at the Department of Education, IIUM in 1998, and pursued her Master of Education in the area of Social Foundations at IIUM. She completed her Master's in 2000 and wrote her thesis on the Teaching of Thinking in the Malaysian context.
Part of her thesis was later published in a book, which was co authored with Prof. Dr. Rosnani Hashim, and became a reference for the Teaching of Thinking in Malaysia. After teaching for two years in the Department of Education, she pursued her Ph.D (Education) in the area of Philosophy of Education, specializing in Critical Pedagogy, in 2002, at the University of Sheffield, UK. She graduated in 2006 and came back to Malaysia to serve the Department of Education.
She is a registered and active member of the Philosophy of Education Society, Great Britain (PESGB), the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE), and the Qualitative Research Methods Association of Malaysia (QRAM).
Currently, Dr. Suhailah Hussien is an Associate Professor and the Director, Centre for Teaching Thinking (CTT) at the Kulliyyah of Education, IIUM since 2013. CTT was formerly known as the Centre for Philosophical Inquiry in Education (CPIE), and is responsible for the training of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) and inquiry skills among teachers, professionals and students at various levels. She is also acknowledged for her expertise in Thinking and HOTS, and is one of the team members involved in the development of teaching HOTS for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Malaysia.

Area of Specialisation

  • Society ~ Education ~ Education Policy - Social foundations of education
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Education ~ Other Education n.e.c.
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Education ~ Other Education n.e.c. - M.Ed and PhD theses in critical thinking for secondary school and higher education respectively
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Education ~ Philosophy of Education - Possess a Bachelor in Philosophy, Masters in Social Foundations and PhD in Philosophy of Education

Professional Membership

  • 2016 - 2021: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), Qualitative Research Association Malaysia (QRAM)
  • 2018 - 2020: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), Philosophy of Education Society Great Britain
  • 2018 - 2021: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Member), International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE)

Research Projects

2017 - 2022 Examining Multicultural Context of Malaysian Public Universities in Promoting Social Solidarity: Proposing A Framework for Internationalization of Higher Education
2016 - 2019 Investigation of Malaysian Teachers? Instructional and Assessment Methods for Critical Thinking Skills (CTS) and the Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Specific Training Modules for Enhancement of CTS
2016 - 2020 Exploring Students' Engagement in 'Design Thinking': A Case Study of SBPI Gombak
2015 - 2019 Developing Charter School Model Curriculum for Disaster Affected Areas: Lessening the MOE Expenditure and Addressing Educational Imbalance
2013 - 2016 Community of Inquiry - A New Inquiry-Based Pedagogy for Realizing the Aspiration of Critical Thinking in the New Blueprint for Education 2013-2025
2013 - 2014 A Qualitative Study on Research Culture at International Islamic University Malaysia
2012 - 2015 The Status of IOHK in IIUM
2011 - 2015 The Practices of Integrated Education System in Selected Malay Archipelagos: Developing New Integrated Islamic School Model
2011 - 2012 New Voices In Education : Breaking The Mold (KVC 2011)
2011 - 2012 New Intellectual Horizons In Education II (KVC 2011)
2011 - 2012 Kajian dan Pembinaan Instrumen Persetaraan Kriteria untuk Menilai Kualiti Pendidikan Prasekolah di Malaysia
2008 - 2013 A Study to Develop Indicators for the Evaluation of Islamic Integration in the Academic Curriculum at IIUM
2008 - 2012 IIUM Headmaster's Experiences of ETeMs: Its Implementations and Challenges.
2007 - 2011 A New Theory of Counseling Adolescents in Malaysia Based on Malaysian Culture, Values and Belief Systems
2007 - 2011 Impact of Shared Values, Perceived Quality and Satisfaction on Islamic Public Schools Teacher Commitment: A Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
- 2010 Malaysian Science and Technology Indicators 2010
2023 - Present Developing Teachers? Skills in Hikmah Pedagogy for the Promotion of Students? Moral Reasoning and Resilience at Rohingya Education Centres in Selangor: A Knowledge Transfer Program
2022 - Present Projek Penyelidikan dan Pembangunan Pendidikan Rabbani Kelantan
2018 - Present Developing a Framework to Enhance Entrepreneurial Oral English Communication Skills among Students of Public Universities in Malaysia
2016 - Present Profiling the Effects of Urban Poverty on the Academic Achievement of Students from different Ethnic Groups in Major Malaysian Cities
2016 - Present Nutrition Counseling: Using Support Group to Explore Weight Management Challenges Among Female Youth
2015 - Present Development of Malaysian Muslim Adolescents? Self-identity and Spiritual Intelligence: A Case Study of Low SES Families

Award & Recognition

10 Feb, 2011 Bronze Award in the IIUM Research Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2011 for the Malaysian Science and Technology Indicators Research 2010 (MASTIC) - IIUM University
27 Jan, 2010 Gold Award in the IIUM Research Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2010 for Hikmah Program (CPIE) - IIUM University