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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). Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa’s research focuses on designing and studying the effectiveness of tools and environments (e.g., video cases, educative curriculum materials, professional development programs) for supporting science teachers’ learning and instructional improvement. Her research efforts center on supporting the design, selection, and effective use of cognitively demanding tasks in science classrooms. She is currently exploring the effectiveness of a video-based professional development, which she designed to support teachers’ facilitation of high-level student thinking in science classrooms during the implementation of cognitively demanding tasks. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Research in Science Teaching and American Educational Research Journal.
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.