Ajda Kahveci

Ajda Kahveci
Fort Hays State University · Department of Chemistry

PhD

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August 2019 - present
Fort Hays State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
April 2009 - August 2016
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2005 - April 2009
Marmara University
Position
  • Instructor
Education
August 2001 - August 2005
Florida State University
Field of study
  • Science Education
September 1997 - January 2001
Middle East Technical University
Field of study
  • Chemistry Education

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Publications (40)
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In this research our purpose was to examine the effectiveness of a program in retaining women in science, mathematics, and engineering majors. We compared undergraduate women participating in a support and mentoring program with nonprogram students in terms of their retention in these majors. The pretest and posttest results over one academic year...
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Teachers play a key role in moving reform-based science education practices into the classroom. Based on research that emphasizes the importance of teachers' affective states, this study aimed to explore the constructs pedagogical discontentment, science teaching self-efficacy, intentions to reform, and their correlations. Also, it aimed to provide...
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Physical chemistry has an abstract and demanding nature, and research reveals that students hold negative dispositions toward it. The PChem Challenge Game described in this work is a board game developed to bring an enjoyable approach to reviewing quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics concepts at an undergraduate level. The game ru...
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Fırsat eşitliği fen eğitimi alanında yapılan araştırmalarda vurgulanan en önemli temalardan biridir. Cinsiyet, sosyo-kültürel özellikler ve sosyo-ekonomik düzey gibi etkenler dünya çapında fen eğitimi sürecinde öğrenciler için dezavantajlı bir durum oluşturan faktörlerin arasındadır. Bu araştırmada, kültürel-tarihsel aktivite teorisi ışığında Türki...
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The Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Discontentment (STPD) scale has formerly been developed in the United States and used since 2006. Based on the perceptions of selected teachers, the scale is deeply rooted in the cultural and national standards. Given these limitations, the measurement integrity of its scores has not yet been conclusively establish...
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Declining numbers of young people pursuing science-based areas of study and careers have often been reported in national documents around the globe. Students' positive attitudes toward science are found to be among the important factors contributing to their decisions to engage in science. Yet, science curricula focusing on the fundamentals of scie...
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Student conceptions related with matter and the particulate nature of matter, are vital for advanced understanding in chemistry, and have been a research area of significant attention. Lacking in the literature are studies addressing chemical misconceptions from an ontological point of view. The purpose of the current study was to develop a diagnos...
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Aims of science education are concerned not only with students’ cognition but also with students’ affect, an umbrella term for emotions, feelings, moods, and attitudes. Many studies have been conducted on student attitudes toward learning science in general; however, studies concerning attitudes toward chemistry are limited in number. The purpose o...
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Student understanding of the particulate nature of matter ideas has been widely researched by numerous scholars for over three decades. The main purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of diagnostic assessment research carried out to explore particulate nature of matter conceptions, and a second purpose is to introduce and describe the va...
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Technology use in education is largely influenced by external environmental and personal teacher factors. Adding a Turkish perspective, the purpose of the present study was to explore secondary school teachers' perceptions of computers and influencing demographics characteristics. Cross-sectional survey methodology was employed in three secondary h...
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The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument assessing student understanding on the particulate nature of matter by utilizing ontological categories as theoretical lens. We particularly focused on: 1) portraying the ontological basis of related misconceptions 2) the way student feedback during pilot testing aided item development, 3) stud...
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Recent elaborations on cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) (Engeström et al., eds., Perspectives on activity theory. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999) and its relation to organizational theories have produced a theoretical amalgam of these earlier ideas, which allow for the exploration of learning in formal organizational contexts...
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In this study, multiple thematically based and quantitative analysis procedures were utilized to explore the effectiveness of Turkish chemistry and science textbooks in terms of their reflection of reform. The themes gender equity, questioning level, science vocabulary load, and readability level provided the conceptual framework for the analyses....
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In many countries throughout the world, women are less likely than men to choose a career that involves science, mathematics or engineering, and are more likely than men to earn bachelor's degrees in non-science and non-engineering fields. Similarly, women are less likely to hold managerial positions within the industry they work. Gender disparity...
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Öğretmen adaylarının hizmet öncesi eğitim sırasında alanda kazandıkları tecrübelerin, onların öğretmenlik mesleğine hazırlanmasında çok önemli bir faktör olduğu çeşitli araştırmalarda vurgulanmaktadır. Ülkemizde “Fakülte-Okul İşbirliği” modelinin uygulamaya konulması bu doğrultuda atılan bir adımdır. Ancak, yapılan çalıĢmalar Fakülte-Okul İşbirliği...
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Ortaöğretim öğretmeni yetiştirme programlarında 1997’de başlayan yeniden yapılanma reformu kapsamında “Fakülte-Okul İşbirliği” modeli uygulamaya konulmuştur. Ancak yapılan çalışmalar Fakülte-Okul İşbirliği modelinin işleyişinde bazı problemler yaşandığını göstermiştir. Bu çalışmanın amacı bu modelin değerlendirilmesi ve geliştirilebilmesi için, işb...
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Eğitimde kalite ve profesyonelliğin araştırılmasını konu alan çalışmaların birleştiği ortak payda öğretimin etkili olması için anlamlı öğrenmeyi teşvik ederek öğrenilen bilgilerle gündelik hayat arasında bağlantılar kurmaktır. Bu tarama araştırmasında kimya öğretmen adaylarının gündelik yaşam olaylarının kimyasal temelini açıklama düzeyi ve buna ki...
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The curricula of teacher education need periodic revisions to respond to the evolution of educational objectives. Teachers’ beliefs, as well as their characteristics, teaching attitudes and competency in their subject matter play a decisive role in the success of any reform. In this study, a cross-sectional survey was conducted across years 1-5 of...
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The aim of this srudy is to understand the influences on chemistry professors' use of educational technology. For this, we use activity theory to focus on two university chemistry professors and the broader activity system in which they work. We analyse their beliefs and past experiences related to teaching, learning, and technology as well as othe...
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The focus of this research was to understand how a program for women in science, mathematics, and engineering (SM&E) at college level in the southeastern United States functioned to influence women's decision making in terms of participation in these fields. By employing Lave and Wenger's theory of situated learning, we explored this program throug...
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Like in the constructivist approach, in brain-based learning the construction of knowledge, meaningful learning, encouragement of students to construct knowledge based on their previous experiences, is encouraged. According to both approaches, individual differences may exist both in the construction and interpretation of knowledge. These differenc...
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Interactivity is perceived as a vital component of education to increase the quality of individuals’ learning in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. An increasing body of research indicates that female students are especially underrepresented in those fields. In this paper, we investigate the interactivity of female students with t...
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Educational technologies have provided opportunities for better teaching and learning environments in chemistry. The difficulties of teaching large classes with the resulting limitations of face-to-face interaction between instructor and students have been long-term problems for chemistry teaching in college freshman chemistry classes. However, wit...
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Teaching chemistry at a distance has become one of the greatest concerns of educators aiming equity for all students, a goal in parallel with the basic tenets of distance education. Students in rural areas and many others lacking resources for learning chemistry are targeted in most projects of delivering chemistry courses out of site. Moreover, th...

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