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Student Centered Learning in Science Education. Introducing Student Centered Learning to Faculties in Turkey. Proposal. A pilot study will target faculty members in science education department to introduce and implement the student centered learning theory. Rationale.

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Student Centered Learning in Science Education

Introducing Student Centered Learning to Faculties in Turkey


  • A pilot study will target faculty members in science education department to introduce and implement the student centered learning theory.


  • Creativity in building understanding and knowledge

  • Develop interest in science

  • Understanding of the theory and robust research’s results.

  • Movement from traditional teaching to constructivist teaching environment.


  • Constructivism is a theory of learning which includes the major bodies of research on student misconceptions or alternative frameworks (Shymansky et al., 1993).

  • Common to constructivist teaching strategies is the belief that the student creates his/her own knowledge. This is not a controversial stance and most educators agree with this idea (Good et al., 1993).

  • The teacher does not assume the traditional role of being the expert, telling students what it is they need to know. Instead, the teacher acts as a guide or a facilitator (Shymansky, 1994).

  • Constructivist recognize the role of assimilation, accommodation and disequilibrium but place greater emphasis on the role of prior context-specific knowledge (Shymansky, Henriques, Chidsey, Dunkhase, Jorgensen, and Yore ,1993)

Short Term

Develop conceptual understanding

Enhance interest in science

Assessment/Evaluation of pilot study

Integration of participants like science professors, undergraduate students, and designers

Faculty appreciation of the new concept.

Long term

Changes in pre-service teacher education

Nationwide movement from traditional to constructivist teaching for universities.


Analysis of Proposal

  • Surveys/interviews of participants with regard to science, attitudes towards technology

  • CBAM, CREATER models

  • Cost analysis

  • Time frame

  • Educational grants

  • Long term discussions and research analysis with participants.


  • Collaborate between departments

  • Quality control

  • Alternative framework for participants.

  • Dissatisfaction with the system has been using.

  • More focus on learner.

Wheel of Change (TRY)

  • Application to class lectures

  • Continual mentoring process

  • JIT (Just In Time) management of minor variations/concerns that arise

Wheel of Change (TRY) continued..

  • Collaboration between elementary school practice and pre-service teacher education in university.

  • Discussions on theory and research.

  • Link between US and Turkey.


  • Formal evaluation at all stages to keep the wheel rolling – collect data of progress

  • Summative evaluation –(i) involves qualitative analysis by interviews testing changes in attitudes (ii) test conceptual understanding of subject by quantitative means

Our Story

  • Disseminate the data and experience by publishing in journals targeting educators, administrators, and students.

  • Comprehensive application with other universities.

  • In-service teacher education.

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