Amrita Kaur

Educational Background

Ph.D., Educational Psychology
University Utara Malaysia


Amrita Kaur is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College of Liberal Arts, Wenzhou-Kean University, China. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in psychology. In her 24-years of teaching career, she has taught in India and Thailand as a school teacher and in Malaysia and China as a university lecturer.

Dr. Kaur has made around 70 scholarly contributions, which include publications in reputed journals such as Higher Education Research & Development in Higher Education, Higher Education, Journal of Adolescence, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Teaching in Higher Education, and Children and Youth Services. Dr. Kaur serves on the editorial board for the Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction (MJLI), the International Journal of Students as Partners (IJSaP), and the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD). Dr. Kaur was the recipient of the 2020 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ISSOTL fellowship. In 2022 she received recognition from U.K. Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) for research supervision.

Research interests

Dr. Kaur’s primary areas of research focus on investigating teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. She engages in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Students as Partners (SaP) to investigate university students’ learning motivation and engagement from cultural and developmental perspectives.

Her research with doctoral and master dissertation students has mainly focused on learning engagement and motivation grounded in self-determination theory.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

Kaur, A.  & Noman, M (2022). Teaching Personality Theories for Engagement in Higher Order Thinking Skills. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.



Kumar, V, & Kaur, A. (2022). PhD orals from the convenors’ perspective: implications for academics and candidates. International Journal for Academic Development.



Hang, B., Kaur, A. & Vu, M.T. (2022). Effectiveness of technology-integrated project-based approach for self-regulated learning of engineering students, European Journal of Engineering Education, 47(4), 591-605.DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2021.2016636



Awang-Hashim, R., Kaur, A., Yusof, N. et al. (2022). Reflective and integrative learning and the role of instructors and institutions—evidence from Malaysia. Higher Education. 83 (3), 635-654.


Kaur, A., Kumar, V., & Noman,M (2022): Partnering with doctoral students in research supervision: opportunities and challenges, Higher Education. Research & Development, 41 (3), 789-803.

DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1871326


Benlahcene, A., Awang-Hashim, R., & Kaur, A. (2022). Perceived autonomy support and agentic engagement among Malaysian undergraduates: the mediatory role of personal best goals. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 46 (1), 33-45.


Kaur, A., Cliffe, A., Benlahcene, A.& Noman, M. (2021). The impact of student-faculty partnerships on student partners who become academics: Editorial. International Journal for Students as Partners, 5(2), 1–9.

Noman,M., Kaur,A. & Nafees, N. (2021 ).Covid-19 fallout: Interplay of financial stress and employment anxiety stressors and support on academic functioning of Malaysian university students. Youth and Children Services.



Kumar, V.,Sanderson., & Kaur, A. (2021). Investigating the role of convenor in the Ph.D. Viva. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 46 (7),1080-1091.




Benlahcene, A., Kaur, A. & Awang-Hashim, R. (2021).”Basic psychological needs satisfaction and student engagement: the importance of novelty satisfaction”, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 1290-1304, 13(5)


Kaur A. (2021). [Review of the book Writing about Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Creating and Contributing to Scholarly Conversations across a Range of Genres]. Frontiers in Education. 6, 647-649, doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.649647



Kaur, A., Awang-Hashim, R. & Kaur, M. (2019): Students’ experiences of co-creating classroom instruction with faculty- A case study in eastern context, Teaching in Higher Education. 24(4), 461-477


Yusof, N. Kaur, A. & Chan, J. (2019). Postgraduate students’ insights into understanding intercultural communication in global workplaces. Innovation in Education and Teaching International. 56 (1), 77-87.


Kaur, A., Noman, M, & Awang-Hashim, R (2016). Exploring strategies of teaching and classroom practices in response to challenges of inclusion in a Thai school: A case study. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 20(5), 474-485.



Awang-Hashim, R., Kaur, A., & Noman, M. (2015). The interplay of socio-psychological factors on school engagement among early adolescents. Journal of Adolescence. 45, 214-224.


  • Statistics in Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Seminar on contemporary issues in Psychology
  • Psychology of Adolescents
  • General Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology