Biography

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

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PhD. (Educational Psychology)

M.Sc. (Educational Technology)

B.A.Hons (Education) (Malay Language)

 

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Associate Professor Dr. Yeo Kee Jiar has been a lecturer in Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor since 1998. She began her career as a school teacher in Kuching, Sarawak after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts with Education from USM (Malay Language), Penang. She advanced to her next academic position as lecturer in two Teachers’ Training Colleges.  Soon after earning her Master Degree from UTM, Skudai, she continued her academician career in the current university in the field of Educational Psychology. With a background in Malay Language Studies and her qualification in Educational Psychology as well as her vast experience and involvement in the field of education, her expertise and interest cover a wide scope which includes educational psychology, school psychology, early childhood education, educational assessment, and special education. Her academic and professional endeavour that includes teaching, research, publication and consultation are around these areas. Her notable achievements or awards include as a Munsyi Dewan under Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (Institute of Language and Literature) (abbreviated DBP), Head of Monitoring Team of a national early childhood Program called PERMATA NEGARA for Johor state, National Panel of Quality for PERMATA Program, consultant to MIMOS on psychometric instrumentation and professional sharing with the Examination Council on Malay Literacy prior to the development of a national screening test for literacy and numeracy called as LINUS. She has until to-date secured a substantial number of copyrights and consultations which are related to her field of interest and expertise.   Throughout her service in UTM, she has received a number of awards related to her service and research at the university and national levels. She is also actively involved in the movement of Down Syndrome Association in Malaysia. Prior to her current position as the Advisor of Down Syndrome Association of Johor (DSAJ), she was the president of DSAJ and a council member of Down Syndrome Association of Malaysia. She was instrumental in the setting up of pre-vocational and vocational transition centres for DSAJ. She has been leading a few research with grants and published in many journals and written a few books mainly on Bahasa Malaysia for school students. Currently, she is working on a few books on children literature, early literacy and educational psychology.

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