Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Meet Iowa State’s Yasemin Demiraslan Cevik

Yasemin is a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. Yasemin shared that she was interested in black and white photography, drawing, and oil painting. However, her interest in the activities did not last long. Her more recent hobbies include reading “The Scientific American Mind” and watching foreign movies. Yasemin is studying Curriculum and Instruction and eagerly anticipates graduating in August 2011!

Yasemin’s research interests include examining and understanding reasoning and decision making in the context of teacher education. She is currently investigating theoretically different instructional methods (e.g., case-based reasoning and worked example) and their effects on learners’ decision making. She most recently presented a paper related to her dissertation research at the AECT 2010 conference and is in the process of preparing three manuscripts as a result of her dissertation work. She anticipates that the manuscripts will be submitted for peer review in the near future.

In addition to her studies, Yasemin has actively served as a campus liaison since September 2009. She believes that serving as a campus liaison helped her to grow professionally by providing opportunities to build strong connections with people in her field. Yasemin has reviewed AERA conference proposals for several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Division C. Yasemin shared that there are many benefits of being a liasion. However, one of the best opportunities included getting up-to-date information about Division C activities, sharing this information with fellow graduate students, and playing a leadership role during this process of information sharing.

After the completion of her doctoral work, Yasemin will be working as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology at Hacettepe University, Turkiye. In the long term, she hopes to be an innovative member of the community of researchers interested in developing ideas regarding using instructional technology to bring important changes to teaching and learning.

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