Department of Mathematics and Science Education


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
Analyzing the Teacher's Educational Actions at the Beginning of the Unexpected Moments
Rukiye Didem Taylan, Ph.D. presented her paper "Analyzing A Novice Teacher’s Instructional Actions in Response to Unexpected Moments in Teaching" at the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11), hosted by the Freudenthal Group, in collaboration with the Freudenthal Institute, of Utrecht University. It took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from the 6th to 10th of February, 2019. Her coauthor was one of the graduates of the MEF ELE program, Darüşşafaka Middle School Mathematics Teacher Merve Esmer. Rukiye Didem Taylan also had the opportunity to serve as a co-leader for the thematic working group "Mathematics Teaching and Teacher Practice(s)" during the conference. Here are some pictures from the conference. 

5-19 January 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 ...



2 January 2019
Learning Sciences Master Program: "LSC 505-555: Instructional Design" Course end of term presentation

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.


28 December 2018
Number Sense and Its Development by Sinan Olkun

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.

21 December 2018

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.

14 November 2018
Flipped Learning Global Initiative Summit/ Flipped Learning Summit at MEF.
Flipped Learning Global Initiative Summit/ Flipped Learning Summit at MEF.




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.

24 November 2019

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 ...

August 2018
Internship Experience Through "University within School" Model

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”.

October 2018

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.


A memory from our one-to-one project meetings during the semester as part of the Scientific Research Experience course with our valedictorian graduate Merve Esmer.

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.


7 May 2018
Action Research Certification Program​

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.

30 March 2018
BAGEP 2018 Results Announced

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

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