Dr Zerrin Doğança Küçük

Education

Assistant Professor

School of Education Building
2nd Floor
208

Biography

Zerrin joined the Education Department in March 2019. Zerrin has been teaching pedagogy of science and mathematics for more than 10 years to different groups of pre-service and in-service teachers. She holds a Bachelors degree (Undergraduate Mathematics Education Program) and a minor degree (Undergraduate Science Education) from Bogazici University. After studying as a mathematics teacher at  a private school in Istanbul for one year, she worked as a research assistant at the Primary Education Department in Bogazici University. She got her MS and PhD degrees  from the Environmental Sciences Institute at the same university. Prior to joining the Education Department at Maynooth University, she worked as a research assistant and postdoctoral researcher in Bogazici University. She also held the roles of Vice Director at the BAUSTEM Center and Assistant Professor in Faculty of Education in Bahcesehir University. 

Research Interests

  • Professional teacher development
  • Teaching experiences
  • Science teaching
  • Environmental education
  • Socio-scientific Issues
  • Systems thinking
  • STEM Education

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Global Citizenship Education Project PI Ubuntu Network / Development Education The aim is to integrate global citizenship themes into our intial teacher education programme with a collaboration other departments in the university and external partners. After revision the teaching, there will be opportunities for the students to showcase their work that probes social justice themes in innovative and creative ways. 15-NOV-21 31-MAY-22 6020
5*S: Space, Surveyors and Students – STEM and the Sustainable Development Goals Researcher Science Foundation Ireland / Government State Bodies 01-SEP-20 01-DEC-22 290000
EarlySTEM Program Development Project Project Supervisor / Non Commercial 01-AUG-16 62900
STEM Leader Teacher Career Development Program Project Supervisor / Non Commercial 01-JUN-16 94000
Investigating Teaching Orientations of Freshmen Science Education Students: A Mixed Method Study Post-doc Reseacher / Government State Bodies 02-DEC-13 02-MAR-15 4400
System Language of Ecology Expert and Trainer / Government State Bodies 02-JUN-13 31-DEC-13 4280
Empowering Primary School Teachers to Improve the Learning Climate in Their Classrooms” Project Assistant / Government State Bodies 01-JUN-07 27-FEB-09 2700
Geometry and Architecture Project Assistant & Trainer / Government State Bodies 01-MAR-02 03-JUN-04

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2023 'Expressed Willingness of STEM Teachers to Teach Engineering'
Doganca Kucuk, Z., Genek, S. E. , Bozoglu, H. S., & Corlu, M. S. (2023) 'Expressed Willingness of STEM Teachers to Teach Engineering'. Journal of Pre-college Engineering Education Research, [Details]
2021 'Metacognition in action as a possible explanation for stock-flow failure'
Aşιk G.;Doğança Küçük Z. (2021) 'Metacognition in action as a possible explanation for stock-flow failure'. System Dynamics Review, 37 (4):253-282 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2021 'The impact of the earlySTEM program on teacher and student outcomes: The role of teachers’ involvement in the program development'
Doganca Kucuk, Z. Yabas, D., Bozoglu, H. S., & Corlu, M. S. (2021) 'The impact of the earlySTEM program on teacher and student outcomes: The role of teachers’ involvement in the program development'. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (IJEMST), 9 (3):371-405 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2020 'Investigation of scientific creativity levels of elementary school students who enrolled in a STEM program'
Genek, S. E., Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2020) 'Investigation of scientific creativity levels of elementary school students who enrolled in a STEM program'. Elementary Education Online, 19 (3):1715-1728 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2019 'Teaching Orientations of Freshman Pre-service Science Teachers'
Devrim Guven, Ebru Z. Mugaloglu, Zerrin Doganca kucuk, William Cobern (2019) 'Teaching Orientations of Freshman Pre-service Science Teachers'. Journal of Turkish Science Education, 16 (4):508-520 [full-text] [Details]
2018 'Developing Seventh Grade Students’ Understanding of Complex Environmental Problems with Systems Tools and Representations: a Quasi-experimental Study'
Doganca Kucuk Z.;Saysel A. (2018) 'Developing Seventh Grade Students’ Understanding of Complex Environmental Problems with Systems Tools and Representations: a Quasi-experimental Study'. Research in Science Education, 48 (2):491-514 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Implementation of an environmental education course to improve pre-service elementary teachers’ environmental literacy and self-efficacy beliefs'
Saribas D.;Kucuk Z.;Ertepinar H. (2017) 'Implementation of an environmental education course to improve pre-service elementary teachers’ environmental literacy and self-efficacy beliefs'. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 26 (4):311-326 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Integrated teaching project: A sustainable approach to teacher education'
Aşık, G., Doğança Küçük, Z., Helvacı, B. & Corlu, M. S. (2017) 'Integrated teaching project: A sustainable approach to teacher education'. Turkish Journal of Education, 6 (4):200-215 [Details]
2016 'Evaluating effects of an exhibition visit on pre-service elementary teachers' understandings of climate change'
Saribaş D.;Küçük Z.;Ertepinar H. (2016) 'Evaluating effects of an exhibition visit on pre-service elementary teachers' understandings of climate change'. Journal of Turkish Science Education, 13 (1):19-30 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2016 'Pre-service science teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs to teach socio-scientific issues'
Muğaloğlu, E. Z., Doğança Küçük, Z., & Güven, D (2016) 'Pre-service science teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs to teach socio-scientific issues'. Journal of Uludag University Faculty of Education, 29 (1):95-110 [Details]
2013 'A critical perspective to 7th grade unit “Human and Environment”: Teaching about dynamic and complex environmental problems (in Turkish)'
Doğança, Z., Saysel, A. K (2013) 'A critical perspective to 7th grade unit “Human and Environment”: Teaching about dynamic and complex environmental problems (in Turkish)'. Bogazici University Journal of Education, 13 (1):87-106 [Details]
2009 'Fulfilling the missing link between university and authentic workplace in teacher training'
Muǧaloǧlu E.;Doǧanca Z. (2009) 'Fulfilling the missing link between university and authentic workplace in teacher training'. Journal of Workplace Learning, 21 (6):455-464 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2017 STEM Program Book- A Guideline for Classroom Teachers (in Turkish).
Doğança Küçük, Z. (ed.) (2017) STEM Program Book- A Guideline for Classroom Teachers (in Turkish). Istanbul, Turkey: Pusula Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Measurement and Evaluation Approaches in STEM Education'
Aşık, G. Doğança Küçük, Z., & Çorlu, M. S. (2017) 'Measurement and Evaluation Approaches in STEM Education' In: STEM Theory & Practice: A Basic Guide for Teachers (in Turkish). Istanbul, Turkey: Pusula Press. [Details]
2012 'Early Science: Basics of Science and Science Activities for Preschool Children'
Doğança, Z. (2012) 'Early Science: Basics of Science and Science Activities for Preschool Children' In: An In-depth View for Early Childhood Period (in Turkish). Ankara, Turkey: Ozgunkok Press. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2009 'Environmental experiments at the primary school level'
Doganca, Z.; Mugaloglu, E.Z. (2009) 'Environmental experiments at the primary school level' The Journal of Health, Environment, and Education, 2 :3-7. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2010 Effects of Teaching Environmental Issues with Causal Loop Diagrams
Doganca, Z. (2010) Effects of Teaching Environmental Issues with Causal Loop Diagrams Teaching and Learning 2010 Sevilla, Spain, , pp.188-197 [Details]
2008 An Attempt to Fulfil “the Missing Link” in Teacher Education: A Collaborative Action Research Project
Muğaloğlu, E.Z., Doğança, Z. (2008) An Attempt to Fulfil “the Missing Link” in Teacher Education: A Collaborative Action Research Project Teaching and Learning 2008 Averio, Portugal, , pp.836-841 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2023 AERA 2023- American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.
Yabas, D; Ceyhan, G. D.; Doganca Kucuk, Z.; Corlu, M. S. (2023) AERA 2023- American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. [Oral Presentation], Authentic Problems of the Knowledge Society: Social And Cognitive Dimensions within STEM Instructional Designs, Chicago , 13-APR-23 - 16-APR-23 [Details]
2022 ATEE Winter Conference 2022.
Yabaş, D., Ceyhan, G.D., Doğanca-Küçük, Z., Corlu, M. S. (2022) ATEE Winter Conference 2022. [Oral Presentation], Global Competence in Teacher Education- Teaching & Learning for an Inclusive, Interconnected World, Sestri Levante, Italy [Details]
2020 ECER 2020- Conference by European Educational Research Association [The conference was cancelled due to pandemics.].
Costello, E.; Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2020) ECER 2020- Conference by European Educational Research Association [The conference was cancelled due to pandemics.]. [Oral Presentation], The Problem of Enactment: Approximations of practice in primary teacher mathematics education, Glasgow, UK [Details]
2018 ATEE Winter Conference 2018.
Doğança Küçük, Z., Ersoy, Z., Çorlu, M.S. (2018) ATEE Winter Conference 2018. [Oral Presentation], STEM teaching efficacy of preschool and classroom teachers in an Early STEM Program, Utrecht, Netherlands [Details]
2018 Investigating Scientific Creativity Levels of Elementary School Students who enrolled in an Early-STEM Program.
Genek, E.; Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2018) Investigating Scientific Creativity Levels of Elementary School Students who enrolled in an Early-STEM Program. [Oral Presentation], XIII. National Science and Mathematics Education Congress, Denizli, Turkiye [Details]
2017 Misconceptions of university students about global climate change. Conference of the European Science Education.
Doğança Küçük, Z., Işık, S. (2017) Misconceptions of university students about global climate change. Conference of the European Science Education. [Oral Presentation], Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2017 Teachers' views on the implementation of an early STEM education program.
Doğança Küçük, Z., Aşık, G., Girgin, Ş. (2017) Teachers' views on the implementation of an early STEM education program. [Oral Presentation], Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2017 STEM ethics: Academic integrity and ethical concerns of teachers.
Helvaci, B.; Corlu, M. S.; Asik, G.; Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2017) STEM ethics: Academic integrity and ethical concerns of teachers. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (ICEMST), Kusadasi, Turkiye [Details]
2017 First reflections of teachers to integrated teaching.
Doğança Küçük, Z., Aşık, G., Helvacı, B., Çorlu, M. S. (2017) First reflections of teachers to integrated teaching. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (ICEMST), Izmir, Turkey [Details]
2016 EarlySTEM Workshop: Let’s decide our path with Sphero.
Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2016) EarlySTEM Workshop: Let’s decide our path with Sphero. [workshop co-organiser], Changes in Education Conference, Istabul, Turkiye [Details]
2008 Supporting Preservice Science Teachers to Use and Design Their own Rubrics.
Tekkumru, M.; Doganca, Z. (2008) Supporting Preservice Science Teachers to Use and Design Their own Rubrics. [Poster Presentation], International Prof. Dr. Suzan Erbaş Science Education Workshop, Canakkale, Turkiye [Details]
2015 A Study on Teaching Orientations of Freshmen Science Education Students.
Güven, D., Doğança Küçük, Z., Muğaloğlu, E. Z., & Cobern, W. (2015) A Study on Teaching Orientations of Freshmen Science Education Students. [Oral Presentation], Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Helsinki, Finland [Details]
2014 Evaluating Effects of an Exhibition Visit on Pre-service Elementary Teachers’ Understandings on Climate Change.
Saribas, D.; Doganca Z. (2014) Evaluating Effects of an Exhibition Visit on Pre-service Elementary Teachers’ Understandings on Climate Change. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology (ICEMST), Konya, Turkiye [Details]
2014 Comparing Teaching Orientations of Pre-service and In-Service Science Teachers.
Doğança, Z., Güven, D., & Muğaloğlu, E. Z. (2014) Comparing Teaching Orientations of Pre-service and In-Service Science Teachers. [Oral Presentation], ISER-2014 World Conference, Nevsehir, Turkey [Details]
2014 Investigating Teaching Orientations of Freshmen Science Education Students.
Muğaloğlu, E. Z., Güven, D., & Doğança, Z. (2014) Investigating Teaching Orientations of Freshmen Science Education Students. [Oral Presentation], ISER 2014- World Conference, Nevsehir, Turkiye [Details]
2014 Investigating Difficulty of Solving Stock-Flow Problems in the Context of Metacognition.
Doganca Kucuk, Z.; Asik, G. (2014) Investigating Difficulty of Solving Stock-Flow Problems in the Context of Metacognition. [Oral Presentation], XI. UFMEK Conference, Adana, Turkiye [Details]
2013 Systems Language of Ecology Project.
Eren, A.; Doganca, Z. (2013) Systems Language of Ecology Project. [workshop co-organiser], Local Teacher Workshops (2) by Education Reform Initiative, Kars & Igdir, Turkiye [Details]
2013 Systemic Perspective to Environmental Education.
Doganca, Z. & Saysel, A. K. (2013) Systemic Perspective to Environmental Education. [Oral Presentation], 3rd Critical Education Congress, Ankara, Turkiye [Details]
2012 An Interview Protocol for Assessing Students’ Understanding of Dynamically Complex Environmental Problems.
Doğança, Z., Saysel, A.K. (2012) An Interview Protocol for Assessing Students’ Understanding of Dynamically Complex Environmental Problems. [Poster Presentation], 30th International Conference of the Systems Dynamic Society, St Gallen, Switzerland [Details]
2012 Failure to Understand Stock-Flow Thinking: Is Metacognition a Possible Explanation to This Phenomenon?.
Aşık, G., Doğança, Z. (2012) Failure to Understand Stock-Flow Thinking: Is Metacognition a Possible Explanation to This Phenomenon?. [Oral Presentation], 5th Biennial Meeting of the EARLI Special Interest Group, Milano, Italy [Details]
2011 Science at Early Stages.
Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2011) Science at Early Stages. [workshop co-organiser], Teacher workshop organized by Mother Child Education Foundation, Diyarbakir, Turkiye [Details]
2011 Teaching Dynamic Ecological Issues.
Doganca, Z. & Saysel, A. K. (2011) Teaching Dynamic Ecological Issues. [Oral Presentation], 9th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, Istabul, Turkiye [Details]
2011 Science is Here Project.
Doganca Kucuk, Z.; Talum, E. (2011) Science is Here Project. [workshop co-organiser], Local Teacher Workshops (2) organized by Educational Reform Initiative, Tekirdag & Canakkale, Turkiye [Details]
2011 Discussion of Environmental Issues in Dynamic Environmental Scenario Test.
Doganca Kucuk, Z. (2011) Discussion of Environmental Issues in Dynamic Environmental Scenario Test. [Invited Oral Presentation], Student Workshop-ENKA Schools, Istabul, Turkiye [Details]
2011 Teaching Dynamic Ecological Problems with Systems Approach.
Doğança, Z. (2011) Teaching Dynamic Ecological Problems with Systems Approach. [Oral Presentation], 12th PhD Colloquium of the Student Chapter of the Systems Dynamic Society, Washington D.C., USA [Details]
2010 Cooperation of University, Student Club, and a Primary School: Science is Here Project.
Doganca, Z. ; Talum, E.; Kurt, A. B. (2010) Cooperation of University, Student Club, and a Primary School: Science is Here Project. [Oral Presentation], Outstanding Examples in Education Conference, Istabul, Turkiye [Details]
2010 Effect of an Environmental Education Program based on Causal Loop Diagrams on Student Performances.
Doganca, Z. (2010) Effect of an Environmental Education Program based on Causal Loop Diagrams on Student Performances. [Oral Presentation], IX. UFMEK Conference, Izmir, Turkiye [Details]
2010 Getting Insight about Environmental Issues by Practicing Causal Loops.
Doğança, Z. (2010) Getting Insight about Environmental Issues by Practicing Causal Loops. [Oral Presentation], System Dynamics and Systems Thinking in K-12 Education, Boston, USA [Details]
2008 An Environmental Training Program for Prospective Teachers.
Doganca, Z. (2008) An Environmental Training Program for Prospective Teachers. [Invited Oral Presentation], December Conference of the Health Education Research Unit, Cologne, Germany [Details]
2007 An Examination of an Environmental Training Programme on Prospective Teachers.
Doganca, Z., Mugaloglu, E. Z. (2007) An Examination of an Environmental Training Programme on Prospective Teachers. [Oral Presentation], 4th World Environmental Education Congress, Durban, Republic of South Africa [Details]
2007 Designing an Undergraduate Laboratory Course Intented for Environmental Education for Preservice Science Teachers.
Doganca, Z.; Mugaloglu, E. Z (2007) Designing an Undergraduate Laboratory Course Intented for Environmental Education for Preservice Science Teachers. [Oral Presentation], 1st National Primary Education Congress, Ankara, Turkiye [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Education Department, Maynooth University Assistant Professor 15-MAR-19 /
Faculty of Educational Sciences, Bahcesehir University Assistant Professor 01-SEP-17 / 30-JAN-19
BAUSTEM Center, Bahcesehir University Vice-Director 01-AUG-16 / 30-JAN-19
Primary Education Department, Bogazici University Part-time Instructor 01-SEP-15 / 02-MAR-16
Primary Education Department, Bogazici University Post-doc Reseacher 09-DEC-13 / 02-MAR-15
Primary Education Department, Bogazici University Graduate Research Assistant 10-OCT-05 / 05-AUG-13
Private Akasya Primary School Mathematics Teacher 04-AUG-03 / 30-JUL-04

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2010 Conference Fellowship Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
2009 Dissertation Project Fellowship Bogazici University Scientific Research Office
2007 Conference Fellowship Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
2003 B.S. graduation Honors Degree Bogazici University

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Green Campus Committee Communications Group Member 2019 / 2020
MU Library Representatives Departmental Representative 2020 / 2023

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Turkish Science Education and Research Association Member 01-JAN-10 / 30-DEC-18
Internatonal Professional Development Association Member 02-MAR-23 / 02-JAN-23
Association for Teacher Education in Europe Member 30-JAN-17 / 30-DEC-18

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2022 National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning UDL Badge Universal Design for Learning
2020 Oxford University Press Certificate for Completion of Online Course Research Integrity
2021 Maynooth University Completion of Graduate Module Digital Technologies in Higher Education
2013 Bogazici University PhD Environmental Sciences
2007 Bogazici University MS Environmental Sciences
2003 Bogazici University BSc Mathematics Education
2003 Bogazici University Minor Degree Science Education

Consultancy

  Client Description
UBUNTU Network
Assembly Member

Outreach Activities

  Description

Teacher Education-Assessment & Evaluation in Science Education and Designing Questions

'Science for Development' Webinar - Social & Behavioural Sciences - 22nd September 2021 Link

Reviews

  Journal Role
Bogazici Journal Reviewer
Irish Educational Studies Reviewer
International Journal Of Education In Mathematics, Science And Technology Reviewer
Education Sciences Reviewer
Journal Of Turkish Science Education Reviewer
Cultural Studies Of Science Education Reviewer
Sustainability (Switzerland) Reviewer

Teaching Interests

Science teaching, pedagogical content knowledge, STEM education, environmental literacy

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2022 Eddie Costello Maynooth University EdD An Action Research Investigation into Pedagogies of Enactment in Initial Teacher Education to Support Pre-Service Primary Teachers to teach Mathematics for Relational Understanding
2021 Sarah Kate Delaney Maynooth University Master of Arts An Investigation into the Role of the Co-operating Teacher as a Support to the Wellbeing of Student Teachers on School Placement in the Irish Primary Setting
2021 Barry Murhpy Maynooth University Master of Arts Harvesting Carbon Neutral Kids; Irish Primary School Teachers’ Attitudes, Perceptions and Familiarity Levels of Renewable Energy
2020 Sandra Kennedy Maynooth University Master of Arts Matching Learning Tasks and Learning Strategies to Improve Metacognitive Knowledge and Reflective Practice in the Science Classroom