Sibel Erduran

Sibel Erduran

Erduran’s research focuses on scientific argumentation and how argumentation can inform and guide teachers’ learning of epistemic aspects of science. In her talk, she will give recommendations for the design, implementation and evaluation of teacher professional development programs that promote and enhance teachers’ learning of epistemic practices including argumentation.

“Sibel’s influence on science education and science education research is based on her pioneering efforts in two domains: philosophy of chemistry and chemistry education and argumentation discourse practices for the design of student-centered classrooms,” said Richard Duschl, Waterbury Chaired Professor in Secondary Education. “She and her collaborators and students are making important contributions to our understandings about teaching the nature of science and about designing student-centered learning environments. Her work has made significant contributions to ongoing teacher professional development that builds pedagogical practices to give students a voice and, thus, an avenue to assess reasoning about using evidence to build and refine models, explanations and claims. We are, indeed, fortunate to have Professor Erduran visit us here at Penn State.”

Erduran serves on the editorial board of Review of Educational Research, among other journals. She is currently the international coordinator for the National Association for Research in Teaching (NARST). She is also the recipient of the NARST best paper award as well as a range of grants, including those from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, the European Union, and the Gatsby Foundation. She has authored nearly 130 publications and made over 110 international/national presentations, including plenary speeches at conferences in Taiwan, South Africa, Korea, Turkey, and Lebanon.

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