O1: Quality criteria for PD and how to implement them in day-to-day PD for teachers
Hacettepe University (HU) is a major state university in Turkey with over 28000 students and 3500 academic staff. The university has 13 faculties, 9 schools, 1 conservatory, 13 institutes and 35 research centres.
The Faculty of Education is able to meet the challenge of contemporary education through its highly qualified academic staff, who are open to change and development and who also benefit from international experience and cooperation. The faculty has 16 programmes under five departments (Computer Education and Instructional Technology, Educational Sciences, Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, Foreign Language Education and Elementary Education).
Our team in the STEM PD project includes Assoc. Prof. Gultekin Cakmakci and Prof. Buket Akkoyunlu.
Gultekin Cakmakci is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Hacettepe University and has been teaching courses on STEM education since 2006. His research interests focus on developing scientific literacy among students and the general public and on the design, implementation and evaluation of science teaching. He has involved in several European Commission FP7 projects (e.g., S-TEAM, SAILS and MaScil).
He is a member of the scientific committee of the “Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST)”, member of the Editorial Advisory Board of “Studies in Science Education”, “Journal of Research in STEM Education”, founding president of the Turkish “Science Education and Research Association (SERA)” and president of “STEM & Makers Fest/Expo”. He is the founder of public engagement with STEM bilimiletisimi.com/en (in English) bilimiletisimi.com/ (in Turkish).