Dr. Catherine Muhonja Aurah

Dr. Catherine Muhonja Aurah


Contact Details

Senior Lecturer

Department of Science and Mathematics education

School of Education

Director, International Relations and Academic Linkages

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

P.O. Box 190-50100 Kakamega, Kenya

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Web of Science Researcher ID AAK-9679-2021

Dr. Catherine Muhonja Aurah

Catherine is a science educator, holding a Doctor of Education in Science education, with a major in Biology Education and a Cognate in Natural Resource and Environmental Management. She also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Education and A Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. She has 20 years of experience as a teacher of Biology and Mathematics at High School, and 14 years at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, currently at senior lecturer level.  At the University, Catherine is the director of International relations and academic linkages. She has previously served as the chairperson, Department of mathematics and Science education. Some of the great achievements include developing (in collaboration with other colleagues) Bachelor of Technology Education whose first cohort graduated in December, 2020 and organising and actualising a successful first virtual international conference in STEM Education, at MMUST,


  • 2013 Doctor of Education, Science Education (Major: Biology; Cognate: natural Resource and Environmental  management (Ball State University; USA)
  • 2011 Masters of Science in Environmental Education- Masinde Muliro University
  • 2010 Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology- Ball State University; USA
  • 2006  Bachelor of Education (Science)  Moi University
  • 1986: Diploma in Science Education (Biology and Mathematics): Kenya Science Teachers' College      

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • African Network of Internationalisation of Education (ANIE)
  • Honors Society of Ball State University
  • National Science teachers Association (NASTI)- USA
  • Focal Person, Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA)


Social Networks/Associations

  • Soroptmist International Club, Vihiga
  • Rotary Club International, KAKAMEGA Club
  • Kakamega Sports Club
  • Achievers' Women Group Association
  • Special Lady Dons (SPLADON) Association


  • Science Educator with a bias in Biology
  • Application of Statistics in Educational Research
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Computer skills
  • Proficient user of Microsoft office tools.

Research Interests

Integration of Technology in STEM Education

Gender Parity in STEM Education

Use of  Mobile Labs in STEM Education

Research on Teaching and Learning in Science: Innovative ways

Psychosocial factors influencing learning outcomes in science education

Selected Publications

  1. Josephat Paul Nkaizirwa, Catherine Musalagani Aurah,Florien Nsanganwimana. An Empirical Investigation of Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes as the Correlates of Environmental Identity among Pre-Service Biology Teachers in Tanzania. Published on 30th December 2022 in MDPI-Sustainability. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010669
  2. Josephat Paul Nkaizirwa, Florien Nsanganwimana, Catherine Musalagani Aurah. On the predictors of pro-environmental behaviors: integrating personal values and the 2-MEV among secondary school students in Tanzania.Heliyon. March 2022, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e09064.
  3. Mukagihana, J.1, Nsanganwimana,F.2, Aurah, C.M.3, (2020). Biology Instructional    Resources Availability and Extent of their Utilization in Teaching Pre-Service Biology     Teachers African Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics and Sciences    16,       No. 2, 2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ajesms.v16i.2.3
  1. Masinde J. W., Aurah, C., and Wanjala, M. (2020). Effect of Software-Oriented Concept Mapping 0n Kenyan Students' Achievement in Electrochemistry. International Journal  of Education and Social Science Research. ISSN 2581-5148

  2. Mulavu W.G., and Aurah, C., (2019). Motivation as a predictor of Science Academic Achievement   among Secondary School Chemistry Students’ in Vihiga County, Kenya.   International Journal of Development Research 9(10) 30216-30220

  3. Wesonga, F & Aurah, C. (2019): Influence Of Teachers’ Instructional Strategies And Students’ Learning Styles On Academic Achievement In Kenyan High School Physics. European    Journal       of Education Studies Vol. 6 (8)
  1. Nanyama E.Mabele, Bota N. Kennedy & Aurah M. Catherine (2019). Inclusive Education in Kenya: Within Kenyan Elementary Schools and teacher preparedness. International journal of social Sciences and Humanities Research Vol 7, Issue 3 pp( 442-454)
  1. Nanyama E. Mabele, Bota N. Kennedy & Aurah C. Muhonja ( 2019). Teaching strategies, learning and Teaching materials used by teachers in Kenyan Inclusive schools. Sapiens Journal of Modern Education Vol 1: Issue 2pp( 28-48).
  1. Wesonga, F. M & Aurah, C.M.(2019): Instructional Strategies and Learning Styles as Predictors of High School students’ Academic Performance in Physics Practicals in Kenya.       Proceeding of the 2nd International Conference on Future of Education, Vol. 2, Issue 1,2019, pp. 1-11Copyright © 2019 TIIKM ISSN 2630-7413 online DOI:  https://doi.org/10.17501/26307413.2019.2101
  1. Mwelese J., Aurah, C.,& Wanjala, M.,(2018).Teachers' Attitude toward Mathematics Classroom Discourse in Secondary Schools in Vihiga County, Kenya. International Journal of Scientific       Research and Management (IJSRM) . Volume 06 Issue 09. Pages M-2018-97-110
    Website: www.ijsrm.in ISSN (e): 2321-3418 Index Copernicus value (2015): 57.47, (2016):93.67, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18535/ijsrm/v6i9.m02.
  1. Mwelese,J., Wanjala, M.S.M.,, & Aurah, C. M. (2018). Strategies Employed by Mathematics Teachers in Engaging Students in Classroom Discourse. Journal Of Education &    Entrepreneurship ISSN: 2636-4794 (Print), ISSN: 2636-4778 (Online)  5, N0.3, 90- 103; 2018. https://doi.org/10.26762/jee.2018.400024
  1. Masinde, J.W., Aurah, C.M., & Wanjala, M.S.M. (2018). The Effect of Software-Oriented Concept Mapping on Kenyan Students' Achievement in Electrochemistry. Journal of     Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. DOI: 10.37500/IJESSR.2020.3043   
  1. Sirima N.L. & Aurah, C.M. (2017). Family Type and Participation of Pupils’ in Special Units in Public Primary Schools in Kakamega County, Kenya. IOSR Journal of Research & Method in Education (IOSR-JRME) e-ISSN: 2320–7388,p-ISSN: 2320–737X Volume 7, Issue 4 Ver. III  Jul - Aug 2017), PP 81-87 www.iosrjournals.org

Current Teaching

PhD Courses:

  1. Advanced Application of Statistics In Educational Research
  2. Advanced research Methods

Masters Degree Courses

  1. Application of Statistics in Educational Research
  2. Learning in Science

Undergraduate Course

  1. Environmental Education
  2. Contemporary Issues in Science, Technology and Society

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