Dilek Altun

Dilek Altun
Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University | AYBU

Doctor of Education
Post-doc Researcher @Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Introduction
Assoc. Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Educational Research, and Emergent Literacy. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Elementary Education and Teaching from Middle East Technical University.
Additional affiliations
November 2019 - June 2020
Ahi Evran Üniversitesi
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2009 - June 2016
Middle East Technical University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
June 2015 - January 2016
Harvard University
Field of study
  • Language and Literacy
January 2013 - June 2016
Middle East Technical University
Field of study
  • Early Childhood Education
June 2012 - September 2012
Michigan State University
Field of study
  • College of Education

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Publications (32)
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Emergent literacy is an umbrella term that encompasses developmental precursor skills, knowledge, and attitudes related to reading and writing. Previous studies have focused on the cognitive aspects of reading, such as word recognition, phonological awareness, and comprehension. However, reading is also an activity that requires effort and involves...
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Previous studies have presented discrepant findings of e-stories’ contribution to children’s narrative comprehension, which can be attributed to not only the variation of multimedia features among studies but also to learner and text features. The main goal of the present study was to expand understanding of the effect of e-stories on children’s na...
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Individual differences in executive function (EF) are key to a child’s development and school success. Few studies have investigated the family’s influence on EF from a holistic perspective that extends beyond socioeconomic status, parenting style, mother-child talk, and maternal depression. To fill this gap, the present study aimed to investigate...
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There are about 272 million international immigrants in the world (United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs [UN, DESA], 2019). Turkey hosts the largest registered refugee population, and 1.8 million of these people are children (United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF], 2020). This high population of refugee children increases the i...
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ERKEN OKURYAZARLIK BECERİLERİNİN GELİŞİMİ VE OKUMAYI ÖĞRENME SÜRECİNDEKİ ROLÜ
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Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic is paving the way for a massive global challenge to higher education systems. In Turkey, higher education has transformed and moved online since March 2020. According to the Council of Higher Education’s (2021) report, there have been more than 8 million university students in Turkey. The report revealed that roughly...
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Advanced technology and the shift to a digital childhood have dramatically reshaped children’s early life experiences. Children’s literacy experiences are also evolving; in addition to printed storybooks, children are now exposed to electronic stories (e-stories). While previous studies have addressed the effects of e-stories on children’s comprehe...
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Early literacy skills are part of a larger set of skills, knowledge, and affective responses gained throughout childhood; however, emergent reading motivation has been neglected in research and practice. Theoretical models for reading motivation are available in the literature, but they were developed based on school-aged children and print-based r...
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This quasi‐experimental study with 34 preschoolers explores how fictional and hybrid storybooks contribute to conceptual changes in preschoolers' understanding of lunar concepts. Interviews and children's drawings before and after reading sessions provided the data. Findings revealed that (i) young children have intuitive knowledge and alternative...
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Storybook reading experiences have the potential to foster children’s cognitive skills in regard to sequencing a story plot, making predictions about the outcome, comprehending the story’s message, and understanding cause-and-effect relationships. Deconstruction enables children to think critically about the story’s protagonist’s perspectives, them...
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Theory of mind (ToM) skills involve young children’s mentalizing ability to be aware of their own selves and other individuals’ thoughts, beliefs, desires, and intentions (mental states). The social cognition skills are essential for processing complex social relations and overcoming interpersonal difficulties in communication. Previous studies she...
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The integration of technology into education is a substantial issue for supporting and updating teachers’ professional development in today’s world and bringing up digitally literate generations and well-educated human capital. Studies have shown that technology integration in education is a complex and multidimensional issue. TPACK transcends the...
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Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
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The globalized problems of this socio-scientific issue result from human behaviour; thus educators aim to enhance children’s awareness and knowledge of and attitudes and motivations to create an environmentally sustainable society. Previous studies examine preschoolers’ ecological attitudes and reasoning regarding gender and urban versus rural livi...
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Oral language provides a foundation for reading comprehension. Story comprehension is a fundamental oral language skill; it covers making inferences, identifying main ideas, monitoring, perspective-taking, and applying working memory capacity. Complex reasoning and perspective-taking are key factors in deep reading comprehension. Preliterate childr...
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This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of preschoolers’ home and classroom literacy environments and the relationships between receptive and expressive vocabulary, phonological awareness, and concepts about print (CAP) development. The participants were 168 parents and their children from five private preschools in a large suburban are...
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The aim of this study was to investigate primary school teachers' opinions regarding the importance and functions of preschool education, the transition process from preschool education to primary education, and children's problems related to school transition processes. First, teachers were asked to complete the Primary School Teachers' Views abou...
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The importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Turkey is growing and research into ECE is necessary for the development of a solid knowledge bank on which to base educational and training programs. In this study 410 dissertations and theses from the National Dissertation and Thesis database were analyzed in terms of variables including public...

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Projects (7)
Archived project
The project Comparing and Assessing: Quality in Primary Education in Europe (COMPASS) is an Erasmus Intensive Programme, as an International Group Project: Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium, & Turkey (22 March 2009 - 03 April 2009), Porto, PORTUGAL
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Nonformal and informal strategies and methods for improve the competencies of home caregivers for ante preschool children Parents School (01/09/2015 - 31/08/2017) European Comission – 2015-1- RO01-KA204-015105- Romania, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Poland, Serve as a researcher –
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Young children's literacy habits in digital world regarding digital equality perspective. Scientific Research Project - BAP-EGT.E2.17.027 (2017-2018). ) Serve as a coordinator