Dr. Miray Tekkumru-Kisa
Dr. Miray Tekkumru-Kisa is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. She holds a joint appointment in the Learning Systems Institute’s Florida Center for Research in STEM (FCR-STEM). She is also a core faculty member in the FSU-Teach science and mathematics teacher preparation program.
Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa’s research focuses on designing for and studying teacher learning, and improving instructional quality for ambitious and equitable teaching in science classrooms. Her research efforts center around supporting the design, selection, and implementation of cognitively demanding tasks that can position students to engage in high-level thinking and sense-making in science classrooms. She is currently involved in several research projects that focus on improving science teachers’ capacity for ambitious teaching. Much of her work uses video clips of instruction to help science teachers develop a vision of ambitious instructional practice and to learn to notice teaching in interaction with student thinking. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Research in Science Teaching and American Educational Research Journal. Click here to visit Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa’s Google Scholar page.
Prior to joining the FSU faculty, Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa worked as a post-doc in the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh on an NSF-funded project that focused on the design, implementation, and study of STEM curriculum materials that aimed to teach big ideas in biology tied to mathematics within the context of an engineering design challenge in high school science classrooms. Before moving to the United States, she was involved in national and international education improvement projects in Turkey.
Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Science Education from Bogazici University in Turkey, and her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Policy from University of Pittsburgh & Learning Research and Development Center.