News from the Department
2 April 2019
Prof. Ali Kemal Yiğitoğlu Ortaokul Öğrencilerinden Üniversitemize Ziyaret
A group of 7th grade students from Prof. Ali Kemal Yiğitoğlu Middle School, which is one of our important partners in the University within School Project, visited the Department of Mathematics and Science Education and our dean.
8 February 2019
Mentor Teacher Training Program
On January 5 and January 19, our department provided the Mentor Teacher Training Program for mentor teachers who supervise our teacher candidates in partner schools . In this program, teacher educators Zelha Tunç-Pekkan, Rukiye Didem Taylan, Cengiz Alacaci, Berna Güçlücan and Simge Sohtorik planned and facilitated activities for mentor teachers in order to support them in their work as mentors. Additionally, being a mentor in the context of University within School Model (for mathematics teachers) has been presented by both our academicians and graduates. At the end of the day, mentor teachers received a certificate for participation.
17 January 2019
'Curious Science' program: How can we learn and teach numbers? Guest: Zelha Tunç Pekkan
BAGEP 2018 award winner Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç Pekkan: 'How can we learn or teach numbers?' Murat Aksoy's guest on the subject. The Curious Science program reaches up to 30.000 viewers every week. You can click the link to watch the whole program.
16 Ocak 2019
Our 3rd and 4th year teacher candidates shared their school, classroom and teaching experiences with us. Prospective teachers discussed about their lesson plan studies, reflective observations, classroom dynamics, and classroom management experiences. And here they are one step closer to being a graduate ...
Instructional Design course, which was part of the Learning Sciences Non-Thesis Master program, was delivered by Bager Akbay who is known as an artist, trainer and the designer of the artificial intelligence poet.
Within the scope of this course, the master students learned about robotics, maker culture, basic electronics, online collaboration tools 3D printer at MEF University and Iskele47 with interactive experiences. They presented their end-of-term projects at İskele47 on the 2nd of January, 2019.
Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the International Final University Dr. Sinan OLKUN's "Number Sense and its improvement in Children" seminar was held on 28 December 2018 at our university.
Introducing the Teachers' Experience with the University at School ELE 103: Introduction to Mathematics Education
This year is the fourth time first-year mathematics teacher candidates learn about teaching during the 12-week collaboration with Ayazağa Middle School in the context of the University within School Model. Teacher candidates at MEF will be in different schools throughout the program.
20 November 2018
Visit from our first graduates
As the Elementary Mathematics Education Program, we had our first graduates in June 2018. Merve Esmer, who graduated from Mathematics Education Department, is working at Darüşşafaka Middle School and Aysun Fendi started to work at Koç Middle School. The visiting graduates visited MEF University Rector, Professor Dr. Muhammed Sahin.
Our students graduate as researcher teachers and after four semesters of fieldwork. They study in English and gain new hobbies during teacher education. We are proud of our hardworking students and graduates.
In the Education Reform Initiative (ERG) Monitoring Report 2017-18
The ERG report with forewords from Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunc-Pekkan has been published today. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the writing of the report and the ERG.
Teachers' Day Celebration
We celebrated the teachers' day as MEF Elementary Mathematics Education program. The teachers of the future, the teachers of the present, and us. We're a big family ...
Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç-Pekkan gave a presentation at the 43th ATEE conference in Sweden. The title of her presentation was “Internship Experience Through the University within School Model”.
Outcomes of the Action Research Course
Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç-Pekkan presented her paper at the 13th National Science and Mathematics Education Congress (UFBMEK) titled: AN EXAMPLE OF RESEARCHER TEACHERS: CONTENTS, APPLICATIONS, AND LEARNING OF THE ACTION RESEARCH PROGRAM in Pamukkale University, Denizli.
Mathematics Education Psychology Conference - Umea, Sweden
We have presented some of the outcomes of our Scientific Research Experience course at the Psychology of Mathematics Education conference, which is one of the most important conferences in mathematics education and which took place this year at Umea University in Sweden.
2018 Graduation at MEF University
We gave our first graduates as Faculty of Education. We're proud of them.
2017-2018 Education Year Scientific Research Experience Course
Senior students presented their projects in the Scientific Research Experience course at national and international peer-reviewed conferences.
University within School Internship Experience Sharing Symposium 2018
The 3rd and 4th year students delivered their poster presentations on 26th of May and 2nd of June. The poster presentations focused on the internship experiences which is the basis of the University within School Model.
Poster presentations were given by the candidates of Primary School Mathematics Teaching and Psychological Counseling on May 26 and June 2, and a symposium was held together with mentor teachers. We would like to thank our teachers from MEF Schools, Prof. Ali Kemal Yiğitoğlu School, Darüşşafaka Educational Institutions, İELEV Schools, Vizyon College and Şair Nedim School.
Many teachers from MEF Schools participated in the Action Research Certification Program, which started at MEF University YABEM. After this 8-week program, presentations and certification ceremony of the scientific research studies based on teacher practice (action research) took place on May 7, 2018.
STEM Project Presentations of our Teacher Candidates
Our prospective teachers designed MATH 335: STEM projects within the scope of Mathematics in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering. They presented about their experiences during the course and STEM products to their classmates and to all participants.
2018 results of the Science Academy's Young Scientist Award Program (BAGEP), which was initiated by the Academy of Sciences and supported by financial support from the community instead of public funds, was announced.
39 new awards have been added to the 195 awards that have been awarded since 2013, with the aim of identifying and rewarding our best young academics for new research studies.
We congratulate the young academicians who won the BAGEP 2018 Award. Please click to reach the list.
The award ceremony was held on April 27, Friday at 16.00 at Istanbul Bilgi University.
MEF University Head of the Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç Pekkan received the only award given in the field of Educational Sciences. Her award winning research study is on children’s development of thinking in fractions and how to use it in teacher education.
We congratulate our Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç Pekkan, and wish her the continued success.
MATH 335: Role of Mathematics in Science, Technology and Engineering
MATH 335: Opened in the spring semester of 2017-2018 the course was attended by distinguished professors and teachers as invited speakers.
Prof Dr. Mehmet Fevzi Ünal, Lecturer Dr. Berk Gökberk from MEF University Faculty of Engineering; Serkan Özel, Ph.D. from Department of Mathematics and Science Education at Boğaziçi University; ITAP Director at ITAP Science and Society Center Prof. Dr. Tuğrul Hakioğlu and MEF Ulus High School Physics Teacher Önder Demirbilek attended to our classes as invited guests.
We thank our guests for their contributions and sharing.
Future in Education Conference - EGK17
Bogazici University - MEF University-METU cooperation in collaboration with MEF University was held on 11-12 November.
The following panels were organized.
PANEL- Differences in School Internship in University within School Model : A Case Study of Mathematics
Panelists: Aylin Engin, Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç-Pekkan, Mehmet Ali Işık, Merve Esmer, Serap Kıratlıoğlu, Icon Sohtorik, Zeynep Kılıç
PANEL - Subject Specific Developments: The 3R's Revisited
Panelists: Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç-Pekkan, Elina Harju, Irmeli Halinen, Maarit Rossi
PANEL - Boğaziçi University and MEF University Faculty Members and Teacher Candidates' University within School Model Experience at Schools
Panelists: Assoc. Prof. Deniz Albayrak Kaymak, Assoc. Prof. Gülseren Karagöz-Akar, Assoc. Prof. Sumru Akcan, Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç-Pekkan
PANEL - Teacher Training in the Service: University and School Collaborations
Panelists: Assoc. Prof. Zelha Tunç-Pekkan, Melek Yaşar, Meltem Ceylan Alibeyoğlu, Nazmi Arıkan, Ümit Kalko