Dr Masitah Shahrill


Senior Assistant Professor, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education


Dr Masitah Shahrill is a Senior Assistant Professor and Teacher Educator at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education (SHBIE), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). She was appointed lecturer in the university in August 2001, and went on to pursue her graduate studies in mathematics education at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Upon her return, Dr Masitah held several administrative appointments, Academic Group Convenor for Mathematics Education, Programme Leader for Initial Teacher Preparation, Deputy Dean (Academic), Director of Studies, and the Head of Teaching and Learning Centre for the Office of Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), UBD. Dr Masitah was appointed as Senior Lecturer in August 2013, and as Senior Assistant Professor in October 2017.

Dr Masitah is passionate about raising the quality of teaching and learning of students and their development in the schools and in the higher education settings. She has supervised and is currently supervising several graduate students of SHBIE, and collaborated with almost all for international journal publications and presentations at international conferences. Dr Masitah's research interests lies in the teacher and teacher education, mathematics education, higher education, 21st Century teaching and learning, school based assessment, classroom research, and youth practices and their education.


Doctor of Education (Mathematics Education), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (2009)
Master of Education (Mathematics Education), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (2005)
Master of Science (Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations), University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom (2000)
BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (1999)


Teacher Education
Mathematics Education
Higher Education
Teaching and Learning
Classroom Research


Using Visual Representations (such as Comics) in the Teaching of Mathematics (Primary and/or Secondary Levels)

Applications Invited
MEd by Research and/or PhD in Education (Specialising in Mathematics Education)

Designing and Implementing PISA-like Problems in the Mathematics classrooms (Primary and/or Secondary Levels)

Applications Invited
MEd by Research and/or PhD in Education (Specialising in Mathematics Education)

Scopus Publications


Google Scholar Citations


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Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications


Khalid, M., Saad, S., Abdul Hamid, S. R., Abdullah, M. R., Ibrahim, H., & Shahrill, M. (2020). Enhancing creativity and problem-solving skills through creative problem solving in teaching mathematics. Creativity Studies, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.3846/cs.2020.11027

Shahrill, M., & Clarke, D. J. (2019). Pedagogical features that influence mathematics classroom practices - A Bruneian perspective. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, 40(2), 341-348.

Gan, A. L., & Shahrill, M. (2019). Why the need for private tuition in mathematics? Investigating shadow education in Brunei Darussalam. AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2194, No. 1, p. 020031). AIP Publishing.

Chong, M. S. F., Shahrill, M., & Li, H-C. (2019). The integration of a problem solving framework for Brunei high school mathematics curriculum in increasing student’s affective competency. Journal on Mathematics Education, 10(2), 215-228.

Shahrill, M., & Prahmana, R. C. I. (2018). The connection commonalities in the mathematical content of lesson sequences. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. (Vol. 1097, No. 1, p. 012136). IOP Publishing.

Shahrill, M. (2017). Examining the methodological implications of international classroom research. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 12(1), 27-46.

Finti, H. N. F. M. M., Shahrill, M., Salleh, S. M. (2016). Integrating virtual manipulative with the use of iPad in the teaching and learning of fractions. Knowledge Management & E-Learning, 8(4), 581-601.

Suhaimi, Z., Shahrill, M., Tengah, K. A., Abbas, N. A. (2016). Incorporating the use of writing-to-learn strategy in grade 10 mathematics lessons: The students’ perspectives. Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 7(2), 11-20.


Anshari, M., Almunawar, M. N., Shahrill, M., Wicaksono, D. K., & Huda, M. (2017). Smartphones usage in the classrooms: Learning aid or interference? Education and Information Technologies, 22(6), 3063-3079.

Sarwadi, H. R. H., & Shahrill, M. (2014). Understanding students’ mathematical errors and misconceptions: The case of year 11 repeating students. Mathematics Education Trends and Research, [Online] 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.5899/2014/metr-00051.

Othman, R., Shahrill, M., Mundia, L., Tan, A., & Huda, M. (2016). Investigating the relationship of student’s ability and learning preferences: Evidence from year 7 mathematics’ students. New Educational Review, 44(2), 125-138.

Hamid, M. H. S., Shahrill, M., Matzin, R., Mahalle, S., Mundia, L. (2013). Barriers to mathematics achievement in Brunei secondary school students: Insights into the roles of mathematics anxiety, self-esteem, proactive coping, and test stress. International Education Studies, 6(11), 1-14.

Shahrill, M., Clarke, D. J. (2014). Brunei teachers’ perspectives on questioning: Investigating the opportunities to ‘talk’ in mathematics lessons. International Education Studies, 7(7), 1-18.

Shahrill, M. (2009). From the general to the particular: Connecting international classroom research to four classrooms in Brunei Darussalam. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.


Grant type: FIC Research Grant, Project Title: Relationship among teacher-student interpersonal behaviour, teachers’ intellectual teaching styles and students’ mathematics achievement within the context of upper primary schools in Brunei Darussalam, Investigators (PI/Co-PI): PI: Dr Hui-Chuan Li (SHBIE)
Dr Masitah: Member, Start Date: 2018, End Date: 2019

Grant type: FIC Research Grant, Project Title: Innovative Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Assessment, Investigators (PI/Co-PI): PI: Dr Hjh Sallimah Hj Mohd Salleh (SHBIE)
Dr Masitah: Member, Start Date: March 2018, End Date: February 2019

Grant type: UBD Competitive Research Grant, Project Title: Developing the ASEAN Model of Doctoral Education: Determining the Quality Indicators, Resources, Student Attributes and Curriculum Standards in Doctoral Education in ASEAN Countries, Investigators (PI/Co-PI): PI: Prof. Munikumar Ramasamy Venkatasalu (PAPRSB IHS)
Dr Masitah: Member, Start Date: March 2017, End Date: July 2018

Grant type: BRC, Grant Number: UBD/BRC/8, Project Title: Investigation of the Teaching and Learning Practices which Lead to the Development of Competencies for Life and Work in the 21st Century, Investigators (PI/Co-PI): PI: Prof Dr Keith Wood
Dr Masitah: Subject Researcher for Mathematics, Start Date: 30/05/2013, End Date: 30/04/2016

Grant Type: URG, Grant Number: UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(222), Project Title: Youth Parental Practices and Out of School Activities: Educational, Social and Economical Implications, Investigators (PI/Co-PI): PI and Co-PI: Dr Poh Sing Huat, Dr Hunus Riah
Dr Masitah: Member, Start Date: 30/04/2012, End Date: 30/04/2013

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam; University of Hong Kong; University of Melbourne; University of Sussex; Universitas Sriwijaya; Universitas Ahmad Dahlan