Dr Dawit Tiruneh

Dawit Tiruneh
Dawit Tiruneh

Dr Dawit Tiruneh is a Research Associate at the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge. He is a member of the RISE Ethiopia research program and collaborates with an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers to understand how Ethiopia’s nationwide quality education reform is designed and implemented to improve learning outcomes for the marginalised. His main research interests include educational access and equity, school effectiveness, and instructional design.

Dawit completed his PhD in Educational Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Before joining the REAL Centre, Dawit was a lecturer at the Faculty of Education in Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, and a postdoctoral fellow at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

Research Interests

School Effectiveness

Equity in Education

Instructional Design

Links to online publications, articles or other work
  • Tiruneh, D. T., Hoddinott, J., Rolleston, C., Sabates, R., & Woldehanna, T. (2021). Understanding Achievement in Numeracy Among Primary School Children in Ethiopia: Evidence from RISE Ethiopia Study. RISE Working Paper Series. 21/071.
  • Tiruneh, D. T., Sabates, R., & Woldehanna, T. (2021). Disadvantaged Schools and Students in Ethiopia: Why is the GEQIP-E reform necessary? RISE Insights 2021/026.
  • Ngajie, B. N., Li, Y., Tiruneh, D. T., & Cheng, M. (2020). Investigating the Effects of a Systematic and Model-Based Design of Computer-Supported Argument Visualization on Critical Thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity. doi: https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsc.2020.100742
  • Tiruneh, D. T., Gu, X., De Cock, M., Elen, J. (2018). Systematic design of domain-specific instruction on near and far transfer of critical thinking skills. International Journal of Educational Research, 87, 1-11, doi: 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.10.005.
  • Tiruneh, D. T., Weldeslassie, A., De Cock, M., Elen, J., Janssen, R. (2017). Measuring Critical Thinking in Physics: Development and Validation of a Critical Thinking Test in Electricity and Magnetism. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 15, 663–682. doi: 10.1007/s10763-016-9723-0.
  • Tiruneh, D. T., Weldeslassie, A., Kassa, A., Tefera, Z., De Cock, M., Elen, J. (2016). Systematic design of a learning environment for domain-specific and domain-general critical thinking skills. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(3), 481-505.  

Selected conference papers:

  • Tiruneh, D. T., Rolleston, C., Oketch, M., (2021). When Quality Improvement Doesn’t Raise Learning Outcomes:  Puzzles of Education Reform in Ethiopia. RISE Conference 2021. Oxford, UK, , 22-23 September 2021. 
  • Tiruneh, D.T., Gu, X., Spector, M. (2019). Teaching critical thinking in domain-specific courses. Does explicit instructional approach promote transfer? Comparative and International Education Society Conference. San Francisco, CA, USA, 14-18, April 2019.
  • Tiruneh, D. T.,  De Cock, M., Elen, J. (2016). Designing learning environments for critical thinking: Examining effective instructional approaches. Joint Meeting of the EARLI Special Interest Groups “Instructional Design” and “Learning and Instruction with Computers”. Dijon, France, 24 - 26 August 2016.