Professor Huy P. Phan

Professor, Learning and Teaching - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Phone: +61 2 6773 3327



Huy P. Phan is a Professor in Learning and Teaching at UNE’s School of Education (Teaching & Learning). He teaches units that relate to educational psychology of teaching and learning processes, for example:

EDLT115 Learners and Learning
EDLT116 Learners and Teaching 
EDLT330 Learning, Assessment and Evaluation 
EDLT390 Advanced Learning Theories 1

Huy’s research interests and areas of expertise entail cognition and motivational processes, and how these facilitate individualized development. In particular, many of Huy’s research projects have involved longitudinal data examination, using complex causal modelling procedures (e.g., latent growth modelling) to ascertain empirical validation. A number of his articles, published in high tier journals, have included statistical testing and manipulation of quantitative data. At present, drawing from his previous work, Huy is currently working on a multilevel theorisation that articulates individuals’ development within multi-level layers in sociocultural settings.


B.ED (Hons, 1st Class), PhD (Educational Psychology)


Editorial Board member for a number of different international journals, for example:

  1. Education Research International
  2. The Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
  3. International Journal of Education and Information Technologies

Consultancy Interests

Teaching Areas

Learning and Teaching:

EDLT115 Learners and Learning
EDLT116 Learners and Teaching 
EDLT330 Learning, Assessment and Evaluation 
EDLT390 Advanced Learning Theories 1

Research Interests

Huy’s interests entail a number of notable theoretical emphases, pertaining to individualized cognition and motivational processes of human behaviour and development. Huy’s research and publications have, to date, included the following areas:

  • Human Optimization (e.g., optimized functioning of optimal best) and Student Well-Being
  • Cognitive Strategies in Achievement contexts (e.g., Critical thinking, Persistence, Achievement Goals)
  • Future Time Perspectives and Hope
  • Student Approaches to Learning (SAL)
  • Motivation, Student Engagement, and Disengagement
  • The Self-systems, including personal self-efficacy and self-esteem
  • The Sociocultural System of Development and Learning (e.g., Epistemological beliefs)
  • Complex Modelling procedures, including latent growth modelling (LGM), hierarchical linear modelling (HLM), andmultiple-indicator correlated trait-correlated method (MI CT-CM)

Huy is also on the editorial boards of a number of international journals in the areas of Education and Psychology.


For Huy's full list of publications, refer to........

Sample Publications Only

Book chapters

  1. Phan, H. P. (2014). Building a better nation: Capitalizing on social cognitive theories for enhancement. In M. Hamada (Ed.), Active and collaborative learning:  Practices, problems and prospects (pp. 61 - 78). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishing.

Refereed articles

  1. Phan, H. P. (2014). Expectancy-value and cognitive outcomes: An integrated framework. Higher Education Research & Development, 33(2), 325 - 340.
  2. Phan, H. P. (2014). Self-efficacy, reflection, and achievement: A short-tem longitudinal examination. The Journal of Educational Research, 107, 90 - 102.


  1. Phan, H. P. (2010). Critical thinking as a self-regulatory process component in teaching and learning: Theoretical overview and implications (Monograph: Special edition on self-regulation). Psicothema, 22(2), 284-292.

Conference papers

  1. Phan, H. P. (2012). A sociocultural perspective of learning: Developing a new theoretical tenet. Refereed paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education, 2nd- 6thDecember, University of Sydney, Sydney.

Research Supervision Experience

Yes – main supervisor in the areas below

Optimal Best
Self-Beliefs (e.g., self-concept, self-efficacy)
Sociocultural Development
Quantitative Research Methods
Causal Modelling (e.g., latent growth modelling)
Structural Equation Modelling
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Educational Psychology
Developmental Psychology