Dr. Rafia Ali is a physicist and a science educator engaged in the development of inquiry-based science and mathematics programmes for primary and secondary school teaching.
She has worked extensively in the area of professional development of mathematics and science teachers in elementary and middle schools in both private and public education and has extended this work to online learning as part of the degree in education offered by the Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore. In conjunction with teachers’ training, Rafia Ali has done intensive work in the development of inquiry-based elementary science and math curricula and instructional materials. Her teachers’ guides and student activity books used in select schools for K-5 Science are written in Urdu and are anchored in the local natural and physical environment. Her work as a science educator has included the assessment of the science programs offered in our schools.
In her teaching career—at the Lahore Grammar School, Lahore, Khaldunia High School, Islamabad, and Headstart School, Islamabad—she has taught high school physics, both at Ordinary (O) and Advanced (A) levels—and developed physics laboratories for the curriculum. She has also successfully extended inquiry-based pedagogy to human rights education for both public and private schools.
Dr. Rafia Ali has an M.Sc. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Physics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. As a Fulbright Scholar she did her postdoctoral research in School Mathematics and Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.