Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Dr. Aziz has lived in Singapore for more than 30 years now and is the proud grandma of three lovely girls. At Scholastic, she has oversight of Scholastic’s global education business and the research and development of all education product, technology and print.
She completed her doctoral research at the Leeds Metropolitan University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the Open University. She holds Graduate degrees in Business Administration and English Studies from the University of Strathclyde and the National University of Singapore, respectively. Inspired by her work in development of materials for teaching and learning, Duriya’s Master’s research was on the role of teacher feedback in materials development, and her doctoral research culminated in the presentation of a framework for development and evaluation of materials in meeting the objectives of stakeholders in education and their impact on teaching and learning.
Though an English language specialist by training, math education found her and Dr. Aziz has spent almost 20 years developing curriculum programs based on Singapore mathematics pedagogical principles and practices for more than 20 countries, in different languages, and worked with ministries, schools, and teachers on the implementation of these programs. Dr. Aziz’s primary interest is in the development and implementation of programs that incorporate global best practices while remaining culturally and contextually appropriate, to drive sustainable change at a systemic level including the development of teacher competence, knowledge, and independence.
Duriya has written several textbooks for learners of English and children’s picture books, as well as academic articles on English language teaching and materials development for education.
- Senior Vice President (Education), Scholastic International