Curriculum Vitae
MEHMET FATİH TAŞAR
Professor of Science Education

EDUCATION

2001, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Science Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. The supporting fields of study were “Cognitive Foundations of Teaching and Learning” and “History and Philosophy of Science.”

Dissertation Committee Members: Vincent N. Lunetta (Chair and co-advisor), Thomas M. Dana (Co-advisor), Peter A. Rubba, J. Daniel Marshall, and Peggy Van Meter.

1996, M.Sc. in Physics, Erciyes University, Kayseri. Studied high-temperature superconductivity. Thesis supervisor: Ibrahim Belenli.

1994, B.Sc. in Physics, Bogazici University, Istanbul.

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

March 2012 – Present, Gazi University Ankara, Turkey
Professor, Department of Primary Education, Science Education Program.

February 2006 – 2012, Gazi University Ankara, Turkey
Associate Professor, Department of Primary Education, Science Education Program.

February 2005 – 2006, Gazi University Ankara, Turkey
Assistant Professor, Department of Primary Education, Science Education Program.

May 2001 - February 2005, Gazi University Ankara, Turkey
Instructor, Department of Primary Education, Science Education Program.

August 1999 - May 2000, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Supervisor/Instructor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Office of Preservice Teacher Education (OPTE)

January 1998 - May 2000, Penn State University, University Park, PA
Research Associate - Member of a course development team, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education Program.

The objective was to design and deliver a studio-format introductory physical science and engineering design course for elementary education majors. This project had been sponsored in part by the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership (ECSEL K-14) Initiative and helped earn the Science Education Program the Provost's outstanding recognition award.

November 1995 - Aug 1996, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Teaching Assistant, Department of Primary Education, Science Education Program

 

AWARDS RECEIVED

·         Endeavour Executive Award (2008). RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The purpose of undertaking this award was to examine teacher education, teacher development, school systems, and science and technology curricula in Victoria and develop linkages with colleagues in Australia.

The Endeavour Executive Awards provide professional development opportunities (e.g. intensive management training, peer-to-peer learning, short-term training, leadership and/or executive management training) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from participating countries. The Awards focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in a study program at a host institution and are not intended to fund direct academic research.

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government's internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

·         Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate School, The Pennsylvania State University (2001).

·         Doctoral Fellowship, National Education Development Project, Turkish Higher Education Council / World Bank (August 1996 - July 1999).

·         Fellowship Award for Supporting Emerging Young Scientists, TÜBİTAK - The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (1988).

 

SPECIAL POSTS

Summer 2003 - Winter 2005, National Ministry of Education, Board of Education, Ankara, Turkey Member of the National Science and Technology Curriculum Development Committee

The new national science and technology curriculum was developed for grades 4-8. As part of the project teacher development seminars and workshops were organized and delivered around the country.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & SERVICE

·         ESER - Eurasian Society of Educational Research, President, 2010 – www.eurasianser.org 

·         ESERA - Executive Board Member, 2009 – 2014 www.esera.org

·         IUPAP-ICPE Associate Member 2012 – 2015 www.iupap.org

·         GIREP - Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique, Member

·         NARST - National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Member

·         AAPT - American Association of Physics Teachers, Member

·         AERA - American Educational Research Association, Member

·         APERA – Asia Pacific Educational Research Association, Member

 

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS and REVIEW WORK FOR PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS

Editor-in-Chief: EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

Advisory Editor: APER - Asia Pacific Education Review

Review work for:

EJER - Eurasian Journal of Educational Research

SE - Science Education

S&E - Science & Education

Egit & Bil – Eğitim ve Bilim

İLKÖĞRETİM - ONLINE

 

ATTENDED WORKSHOPS

July 1997 AAPT Summer Meting University of Denver

Student Misconceptions in Physics

Workshop Presented by John Clement

July 1997 AAPT Summer Meting University of Denver

Models and Modeling in the High School Physics Classroom

Workshop Presented by Larry Dukerich and Gregg Swackhamer

July 1997 AAPT Summer Meting University of Denver

Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

Workshop Presented by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The role and Importance of Creativity and Imagination in Science

Understanding the Nature of Science

ICT in Science Education

Learning Processes, Knowledge Structures and Mental Models

Understanding Representations, Models, and Simulations

Students' Alternative Conceptions and Conceptual Change

Fostering Critical Thinking as part of Science Instruction

 

COMPLETED/ON GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Project Title

Institution

Dates

Position

Project Type

Interactive Historical Vignettes

Gazi Üniversitesi

01.05.2006-30.04.2009

Coordinator

Institutional

Scientific Dilemmas in Education

Gazi Üniversitesi

16.04.2007-15.04.2011

Coordinator

Institutional

Science teachers’ views about the Nature of Science

Gazi Üniversitesi

16.04.2007-15.05.2010

Coordinator

Institutional

Development of a Teacher Professional Development Project for Argumentation in Science Education

Gazi Üniversitesi

30.09.2010-29.09.2012

Coordinator

Institutional

TÜBİTAK 1001 Project: Nature of Science (Argumentation and Development of a Teacher Professional Development Project) 

Gazi Üniversitesi

01.07.2008-30.06.2011

Advisor

National

EU FP7 Project: S-TEAM - Science Teacher Education Advanced Methods 

Gazi Üniversitesi

01.05.2009-30.04.2012

Partner
/
Expert

International

 

 

SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

2002, Founder, Coordinator, and Contact Person of the Science Education Research Group (SERG) at Gazi University, Ankara. (This group is the first of its kind in Turkey.)

2002, Judge, Evrensel Koleji, Science Fair, Ankara

2000, Manuscript Reviewer, AERA 2000 annual meeting

1998, Judge, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences, Science Project Competition, State College, PA

 

 

 

Updated January 2013