10-02-2022  Thursday

20 January to 28 April, 2022

Advanced Research Methods - A

Every Thursday (11:00-13:00)

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dean's Office

Graduate Courses for January - April 2022 (ONLINE & HYBRID)

Second Year Advanced Core Course:


Dr. Deepa Chari

Starting from January 20, 2022


Thursday Seminar by Prof. Sevda Yerdelen-Damar

Date: 10 February, 2022
Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dr. Mashood K. K.


High School Students’ Distinctions between “Learning Physics Deeply” and “Studying Physics for a High Stakes-Test” within an Epistemologically Improved Learning Environment


Sevda Yerdelen-Damar, Bogazici University, Turkey.

Zoom link:


Meeting ID:

940 5808 5713




In this presentation, I will talk about how high achieving Turkish high school physics students claimed to approach learning physics when they were simultaneously (i) engaged in a curriculum that led to significant gains in their epistemological sophistication and (ii) subject to a high-stakes college entrance exam. First, I will describe the epistemologically oriented curriculum that we developed; then, I will illustrate how students can epistemologically compartmentalize, consciously taking different epistemic stances—different views of what counts as knowing and learning—in different contexts even within the same discipline. Finally, I will end my talk with some suggestions.

Short Bio:

Sevda Yerdelen-Damar is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at Bogazici University, Turkey. She earned her integrated BS and MS in Physics Education from Gazi University, and her PhD in Secondary Science and Mathematics Education from Middle East Technical University. She began her career as a research assistant at Middle East Technical University in the Department of Secondary Science and Mathematics Education. She worked for nearly nine years there. During her doctoral education, she went to the US as a visiting scholar. She spent one and half year at the University of Maryland as a member of the Physics Education of Research Group. After she received her PhD degree, she was assigned to Yuzuncu Yil University. She served as a research assistant for one year and then, as an assistant professor from 2014 to 2017. In 2015, she was assigned to Middle East Technical University as an assistant professor for one-year postdoctoral research project. She joined the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at Bogazici University in May 2017. Her research interests include personal epistemology, metacognition, conceptual learning, inquiry-based teaching, and structural equation modeling, technological pedagogical content knowledge and STEM assessment. She has involved in several research projects as a project director and researcher. She is currently working on a project aiming to propose a conceptual model of the related variables that affect physics success and STEM career interest.