Institute of Education and Research




Details of Dr. Md. Ahsan Habib

Dr. Md. Ahsan Habib

Department educational Psychology and Guidance (EPG) 

Institute of Education and Research (IER),  University of Dhaka

Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh

Cell: 0088 01706303711


Research Interests

Inclusive Education, Learning, Video Interaction Guidance, Reflection Practices, Student Voice, Sense of Belonging, School Counselling, Early childhood learning and development  

Employment Record

  1.  Designation                :  Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Guidance                                

             Duration                     :   From 21 February, 2016 till date

            Employer                     :   Institute of Education and Research

                                                    University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

  1. Designation                :  Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Guidance

Duration                      :  From 9 January, 2011 to 20 February, 2016

Employer                     :  Institute of Education and Research,                                                                                     University of Dhaka, Bangladesh   

  1.  Designation               : Lecturer, Educational Psychology and Guidance (EPG)

Duration                      : 7 July, 2005 to 8 January, 2011

Employer                     :  Institute of Education and Research

              University of Dhaka, Bangladesh   


3.         Designation                 :  M and E Database Specialist (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Duration                      :  From 1 April, 2002 to 30 September, 2002  

Employer                     :  World Vision Bangladesh

Description of duties:  Responsibilities maintaining database for 36 regional offices, coordinating field specialist and administrate periodical survey, data analysis, report writing, presentation as part of FSEP.


4.         Designation                 :  Research Assistant

Duration                      :  From 1January, 2001 to 30 March, 2002

Employer                     :  Data International Ltd.

Description of duties  :  Score competent video protocols after observing videography of classroom activities of Grade 2 and 5. More than 150 classes had been observed by grade and subject in order to score the teaching learning process from the recoded videos of classes from 100 Primary Schools of rural and urban Bangladesh score observation checklist of classroom activities of grades 2 and 5 of the sampled schools.


B. Research Work

February, 2016 - Till date 

In-depth reviewer, Early Learning and Development Standard (ELDS), Early Learning for Children Development 2nd phase Project, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Bangladesh ECD Network (BEN)

March 20, 2016 –till date


Baseline study and Development Monitoring Tools for “English and Digital for Girls' Education (EDGE)”, an international project consists of Bangladesh, India and Nepal to make adolescent girls from marginalised communities to be more informed and independent life choices, to contribute fully to the family, the economy and society. In collaboration with Leeds University and funded by British Council Bangladesh.

January 2016, March 2016


Impact assessment of “English and ICT for Adolescents (EITA)”, a British Council Bangladesh funded project to enhance confidence in English and ICT skills.

June 2005 December 2005

Employer: Institute of Education Research (IER), 

Position held: Field Supervisor, Baseline Survey (Quality Part), of Primary Education of Development Project (PEDP-II)Directorate of Primary Education (DPE), and UNICEF, Bangladesh

Description of duties:  Worked as a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) facilitator with the School Headmasters, Upazila Education Officers Field Supervisor in the Baseline Survey (Quality Part) of the Primary Education Development Program two (PEDP-II). IER, DU, Sponsored by Directorate of Primary Education & UNICEF, Dhaka.

Supervised and monitored the activities of field Investigators; collected school – related data from 10 schools in different districts; Observed the classroom teaching strategies.

May 2006 Employer: ADSL and PINZ New Zealand

Position held: Core Researcher

Description of duties:  Involved with Research projects under ADSL Bangladesh and PINZ New Zealand, Funded by Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education and Asian Development Bank PPTA 4799 Conducted Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Report writing on technical and vocational education in public and private sector.


Šiška, J., &Habib, A. (2015). Disability in South Asia: Historical understanding through family, religion, and support structure, Journal of Theory and Practice Special Education Časopis Pro Teorii A Praxi Speciální Pedagogiky, 25 (4). p. 478-489

Malak, M. S., Begum, H. A., Habib, M. A., Banu, M. S., & Roshid, M. M. (2014). Inclusive Education in Bangladesh: Are the Guiding Principles Aligned with Successful Practices? In H. Zhang, P. W. K. Chan & C. Boyel (Eds.), Equity in Education: Fairness and Inclusion (pp. 19). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Šiška, J., Latimier, C. & Habib, A. (2013). The rights to education of children with intellectual disabilities: Trends and barriers towards Inclusion in Europe. In K. E. Ackermann, O. Musenberg & J. Riegert (Eds.), Geistigbehindertenpädagogik!?: Disziplin - Profession – Inklusion (pp. 89-109). Oberhausen: Athena.

Šiška, J., & Habib, A. (2012). Attitudes towards disability and inclusion in Bangladesh: from theory to practice. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2011.651820

Habib, A. & Banu, S. (2011). Developmental leaps in the theory of Freud, Erickson and Piaget: A critical analysis. In Z. Islam & A. A. Mamun (Eds.), Early Childhood Development-a key to child rights (pp. 30-39). Dhaka: Early Concern and Manusher Jonno Foundation.

Habib, A. (2011).The role of the Educational Counsellor in meeting special education needs (SEN) in primary schools of Prague, Czech Republic, Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2 pp. 31-41

Habib, A & Hossain, S. (2010). 50 years of Teacher’s World: shifting research trends and interests in Education of Bangladesh, Teacher World, Vol. 35-36

Habib, A. (2010). Creativity, training resource book for in-service Sub-cluster Training of the Government Primary School Bangladesh, Dhaka: Directorate of Primary Education, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education

Habib, A. (2009). Video Interaction Guidance (VIG): A Potential Strategy Developing in-School training Programme for the Inclusive Education in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol. 8 (2), 45-52.

Habib, A. (2008).  A Search for Constructivism in Teaching of Government Primary Schools of Dhaka City, Teacher’s World (Journal of Education and Research) Dhaka, Vol.32, 95-103.  ISSN 0040-0521.

Habib, A., Islam, A., Ahsan, S. (2007). Shikon, Mullo Jachai Ebong Protifolonmulok Onushilon (Learning, Evaluation and Reflection Practices) Dhaka: Mita Traders, p.315. ISBN984-8280-61-8

Habib, A., Morshed, M., (2007). Shisu Injury Protirodh (Child Injury Protection) (a text book for Grade Five), Dhaka: Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB), UNICEF and TASC.

Uddin, K., Habib, A. (2006). A Study of Urban Poor in the Informal Sector of Dhaka City: Education and Occupation, Teacher’s World (Journal of Education and Research),    VoL.28-29, 35-47.  ISSN 0040-0521.

Habib, A. (2006). Action Research, Dhaka: Mita Traders, p 174 ISBN: 984-8280-31-6


Paper Presentation


“Inclusive Education in Bangladesh: Policy and Practice” paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Adelaide 2013,


“I often feel amazing looking at the paintings in my classroom”: The best place at my school, International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference, 8-10 July, 2013, CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London, London.


Alienation and Belongingness among the Methorpotti children: A Case Study into the Challenges of Inclusive Education, Monash Education Research Community (MERC) Annual Conference Friday, 5 July 2013: Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia, ISBN 978-0-9806760-6-8 - MERC Conference Proceedings 2013


Exploring students’ sense of belonging in secondary schools of urban Dhaka, International conference on Inclusive Education, Asian Centre for inclusive Education (ACIE), 15-17 February, 3013, Dhaka, Bangladesh


The Role of URC Instructor as Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) to support  the SEN Children in the Mainstream Primary Schools of Bangladesh, MERC Annual Conference 2011, Educational Research Beyond Borders, Friday 8 July 2011, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Australia


The role of Educational Counsellor  in implementing Inclusive  Education in the mainstream primary school:  A study of Czech Republic, International Symposium on Inclusive Education,  BAFED, UNESCO , Dhaka, 2011


Video interaction guidance (VIG): A potential tool for developing in school training programme of the inclusive education in Bangladesh,  International conference on Child Friendly Inclusive Education 07 to 08 January 2010 Dhaka


Erasmus Mundus Special Education Needs international Conference, Inclusive Practices: Changing Global perspectives, 12th -13 February 2009, Tilburg, the Netherlands 


Developmental Leaps in the Theory of Freud, Erickson and Piaget: A Critical Analysis, 1st Annual Early Childhood Conference, 15-17 September 2006, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organized by Early Concern, Centre for Childhood Research and Development

Training and Workshop

Workshop on “An Overview of Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP) in Educational Institutions(Based on the findings from divisional workshops) Organized by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) And Save the Children Sweden –Denmark 2008

Launching ceremony and paper presentation of Lancet series on Child development, March 1, 2007 ICDDRB Dhaka organized by Bangladesh ECD (Early childhood care and development Network and Child Development Unit ICDDR,B

Child Friendly and Inclusive Education Forum, Daylong workshop for Orientation of Stake Holders jointly organized by Institute of Education and research university of Dhaka and UNESCO Dhaka

Pedagogy of Inclusive Education, 2nd Forum 23 rd September 2006, Inclusive Education Workshop on Child Friendly and inclusive learning

Inclusive education: the curriculum issue, 3rd forum 19th December 2006

Quality primary Education linked with ESSD of plan Bangladesh, Organized Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), AUGUST 17-18, 2005

Eleventh Educational Researchers ‘Conference for Dissemination of Research Studies UNESCO, Dhaka and BAFED

Training on Early Childhood care and Development Program Management, Organized by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) Dhaka from 14-20 August 2005



2011- 2015 PhD

Education Psychology

Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2009 MA

Special Education Needs (MA SEN)

Roehampton University, London and Charles University, Prague

2002 Chinese Language

Fudan University and Donghua University, Shanghai

1998 M.Ed

Educational Psychology & Guidance

Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka

1997 B.Ed (Hons.)

Special Education

Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka

Short course


Gifted Education essentials: tools for putting theory into practice May 21-22, 2015, organised by Victorian Association of Gifted and talented Children (VAGTC), Melbourne, Australia


Peer Mentoring Programme, semester 1, 2012 organised by Monash University Health and Wellbeing, Monash University, Clayton, Australia


Training on Early Childhood Care and Development Programme Management, 14-20 August, 2005 organized by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), Dhaka, Bangladesh


Membership of Professional Societies

Member, International School Psychology Association (ISPA)

Life Member, m for Educational Development (BAFED), Dhaka

Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association

Advocacy Resource Pool, Inclusive Education in Teacher Education Bangladesh





Chinese (Mandarin)

Countries Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India,  the Netherlands, Poland, Thailand, United Kingdom


Monash Post Graduate Publication Award (PPA) -2015

Monash University Faculty International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) -2011-2015

Monash Graduate Scholarship-(MGA) 2011-2014

European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (EM)-2008-2209

Chinese Government Scholarship 2002-2003