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Vesife Hatisaru

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Vesife Hatisaru

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Dr Vesife Hatisaru taught mathematics in secondary schools for a long time. She then pursued higher degree studies in mathematics education. Embracing her academic life, she actively attended many national and international educational events, published articles in both national and international refereed journals, and regularly contributed the work aiming to improve mathematics education.

Biography

After teaching mathematics in secondary schools for ten years, she aimed to focus on higher degree studies. She quit teaching but continued working for the Republic of Turkey Ankara Directorate of National Education as an educational expert. This position provided her the opportunity to examine the educational systems of different countries around the world including the Netherlands, USA, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. This experience proved fruitful in a later higher degree unit  content called Mathematics Education in the World.

Proceeding her teaching career as a part-time instructor at university after obtained her PhD for three years, she continued her professional life working for the Republic of Turkey Directorate of EU Affairs. She supervised transnational cooperation projects in School Education and Higher Education for more than four years. Through this, she got the chance of learning about EU Grant Programmes and at the same time gained experience in Project Cycle Management and the principles of EU grants.

Vesife was lecturing fulltime in mathematics education before joining the University of Tasmania in July 2018.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2013), 'Teachers’ Knowledge of Content and Students about the Function Concept and Its Interrelation with Student Learning Outcomes in Vocational High Schools', Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Ms (2008), 'The Effect of Problem-Based Learning on Vocational High School Students’ Mathematics Achievement and Attitudes towards Mathematics', Baskent University, Turkey
  • BSc (1999), Dicle University, Turkey

Languages (other than English)

Turkish

Memberships

Professional practice

    • Turkish Mathematics Education Association
    • Association for Turkish Women in Maths
    • Mathematical Association of Tasmania
    • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

Administrative expertise

  • Oversight of K-12 education accreditation;
  • Supervising Erasmus+ projects;
  • Coordination of the Erasmus+ exchange programme within the department;
  • Leadership of research grant applications;
  • Organising seminars and info days for public
  • Jury – Maya Schools Mathematics League
  • Assessor – Measuring, Selection and Placement Centre

Teaching

Mathematics education, teacher education, mathematics learning and teaching, research methods, project management

Teaching expertise

Vesife’s teaching is mainly focussed on mathematics education in primary and secondary level teacher education degrees. She has taught courses about mathematics for education majors, instructional technology and material development, research methods, and mathematics education in other countries. She also taught about how to do community service to pre-service teacher. Her postgraduate teaching has focussed on the issues in science and mathematics teacher education.

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Expertise

    • Mathematics education
    • Teacher pedagogical content knowledge
    • Teacher beliefs
    • Teaching practices
    • Student affective outcomes
    • Drawing on education
    • Images of mathematics and mathematicians
    • Problem-based learning
    • STEM education

Fields of Research

  • Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy (390109)
  • Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy (390101)
  • Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy (390113)
  • Secondary education (390306)
  • Algebra and number theory (490401)
  • Continuing and community education (390301)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Professional education and training (390305)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Educational administration, management and leadership (390403)
  • Teacher education and professional development of educators (390307)

Research Objectives

  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Secondary education (160105)
  • Teacher and instructor development (160303)
  • Teaching and curriculum (160399)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Gender aspects in education (160202)
  • Policies and development (160205)
  • Inclusive education (160203)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Professional development and adult education (160104)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education (210299)

Publications

Vesife’s main research areas include student-based learning approaches, attitude towards mathematics, teacher knowledge (e.g., pedagogical content knowledge), the relationship between teacher knowledge and student learning, international comparison studies, and mathematics education in different countries. Over the years her publication output has related closely to these research areas.

She is also a regular contributor to Öğretmen Dünyası [Teacher World], a monthly magazine has been publishing for about 40 years, and Eğitimde Rehberlik Dergisi [Guidance in Education Magazine].

Total publications

47

Journal Article

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Hatisaru V, 'Theory-driven determinants of school students' stem career goals: a preliminary investigation', European Journal of STEM Education,, 6, (1) Article 02. ISSN 2468-4368 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.20897/ejsteme/9558 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Hatisaru V, 'Draw a mathematics classroom: teaching and learning practices through the eyes of students', Mathematics in School, 50, (2) pp. 4-8. (2021) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2021Hatisaru V, 'A reflection on Star and Seifert's operationalisation of flexibility in equation solving', For the Learning of Mathematics, 42, (2) pp. 37-44. ISSN 0228-0671 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021Hatisaru V, Fraser S, 'Make room for D-STEM: A way to inform the teaching of STEM in schools', Teaching Science, 67, (1) pp. 11-20. ISSN 1839-2946 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Perceived needs for mathematics among lower secondary students', Australian Mathematics Education Journal, 2, (1) pp. 9-14. ISSN 2652-0176 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Exploring evidence of mathematical tasks and representations in the drawings of middle school students', International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15, (3) Article em0609. ISSN 1306-3030 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.29333/iejme/8482 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Secondary mathematics teachers' content knowledge for teaching the concept of function', International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 21, (1) pp. 94-119. ISSN 1473-0111 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'School students' depictions of mathematics teaching and learning practices', International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 13, (2) pp. 199-214. ISSN 1307-9298 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.26822/iejee.2021.184 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Hatisaru V, Fraser SP, Beswick K, ''My picture is about opening up students' minds beyond school gates!' School principals' perceptions of STEM learning environments', Journal of Research in STEM Education, 6, (1) pp. 18-38. ISSN 2149-8504 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fraser SP

2020Hatisaru V, Oates G, Fraser S, Murphy C, Maher N, et al., 'A peer learning circle approach to professional learning: Promoting representational fluency', Australian Mathematics Education Journal, 2, (4) pp. 4-10. ISSN 2652-0176 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Oates G; Fraser S; Murphy C; Maher N; Holland B; Seen A

2019Hatisaru V, 'Lower secondary students' views about mathematicians depicted as mathematics teachers', LUMAT, 7, (2) pp. 27-49. ISSN 2323-7112 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.31129/LUMAT.7.2.355 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2019Hatisaru V, Murphy C, ''Creature' teachers 'monster' mathematicians: students' views about mathematicians and their stated attitudes to mathematics', International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 7, (3) pp. 215-221. ISSN 2147-611X (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Murphy C

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2018Hatisaru V, Kucukturan G, 'The effect of problem-based learning on mathematics achievement of 9th grade industrial vocational high school students', Journal of Contemporary Education, 36, (382) pp. 29-37. ISSN 2146-8044 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017Hatisaru V, 'Turkiye'nin Erasmus+ programına katılımının değerlendirilmesi: stratejik ortaklıklar ve bilgi ortaklıkları orneği', Ankara Avrupa Calismalari Dergisi, 16, (2) pp. 65-83. ISSN 1303-2518 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1501/Avraras_0000000253 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2017Hatisaru V, Erbas AK, 'Mathematical knowledge for teaching the function concept and student learning outcomes', International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 15, (4) pp. 703-722. ISSN 1571-0068 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10763-015-9707-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5

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2015Hatisaru V, 'Investigating student growth in problem-based learning treatment mathematics classes', Gaziantep University Journal of Social Sciences, 14, (2) pp. 459-477. ISSN 1303-0094 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.21547/jss.256769 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Hatisaru V, 'Comparing elementary students' written based mathematics test performance with listening based test performance', Dicle University Educational Faculty Journal of Education, 21, (2) pp. 107-119. ISSN 1305-0060 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Hatisaru V, Erbas AK, 'Investigating industrial vocational high school students' understanding of the function concept', Kastamonu Education Journal, 21, (3) pp. 865-882. ISSN 1303-2399 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2010Hatisaru V, Cetinkaya B, 'The perceptions of vocational high school students about graphical representations of linear and constant functions (MESLEK LİSESİ OĞRENCİLERİNİN DOĞRUSAL VE SABİT FONKSİYON İLE BUNLARIN GRAFİKSEL GOSTERİMİNE İLİŞKİN ALGILARI)', Eskisehir Osmangazi University Journal of Social Sciences, 11, (1) pp. 67-87. ISSN 1302-9703 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Hatisaru V, ''[He] has impaired vision due to overworking': students' views about mathematicians', Theorizing and Measuring Affect in Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Insights from the 25th International Conference on Mathematical Views, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, C Andra, D Brunetto and F Martignone (ed), Switzerland, pp. 89-100. ISBN 978-3-030-50525-7 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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2020Ingram N, Hatisaru V, Grootenboer P, Beswick K, 'Researching the Affective Domain in Mathematics Education', Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia 2016-2019, Springer, Singapore, J Way, C Attard, J Anderson, J Bobis, H McMaster, and K Cartwright (ed), Singapore, pp. 147-175. ISBN 978-981-15-4268-8 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-4269-5_7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Beswick K

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2018Hatisaru V, 'Teachers' Beliefs About Knowledge of Teaching and Their Impact on Teaching Practices', Views and Beliefs in Mathematics Education: The Role of Beliefs in the Classroom, Springer, Cham, B Rott, G Torner, J Peters-Dasdemir, A Moller and Safrudiannur (ed), Switzerland, pp. 149-159. ISBN 978-3-030-01272-4 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01273-1_14 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Hatisaru V, 'A new property of flexibility in equation solving: making connections', British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Day Conference, 6 March 2021, Online (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2021Hatisaru V, 'The use of pictorial representations in mathematics problem solving', Proceeding of the the sixteenth bi annual conference on Elementary Mathematics Teaching (SEMT '21), 22-26 August 2021, Prague (Czech Republic and Online), pp. 194-202. (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Exploring evidence of mathematical tasks and representations in the drawings of middle school students', 26th Conference of Mathematical Views (MAVI26), 16-18 September, DIMAVI26 (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Theory-driven determinants of school students' stem career goals: a preliminary investigation', 26th (Digital) Conference of Mathematical Views (DIMAVI26), 16-17 September 2020, Virtual Conference, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'The analogies in the writing of secondary mathematics teachers about the concept of function: an application of the structure-mapping theory', British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Autumn Conference 2020 Abstracts, 14 November 2020, Virtual Conference, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Using drawings to investigate the image of mathematics', British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Autumn Conference 2020 Abstracts, 14 November 2020, Virtual Conference, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2019Hatisaru V, 'Putting the spotlight on mathematics classrooms', International Symposium Elementary Mathematics Teaching: Opportunities in Learning and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, 18-22 August, Prague, pp. 182-192. ISBN 9788076030695 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2019Hatisaru V, Beswick K, Fraser S, 'STEM learning environments: perceptions of STEM education researchers', Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 30 June - 4 July 2019, Perth, Australia, pp. 340-347. ISBN 978-1-920846-31-2 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Beswick K; Fraser S

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2010Hatisaru V, Erbas AK, 'Students' perceptions of the concept of function: The case of Turkish students attending vocational high school on industry', World Conference on Educational Sciences, 4-8 February, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 3921-3925. ISSN 1877-0428 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.617 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2009Hatisaru V, 'How mathematics should be taught? The case of low-achievers', VIII. Mathematics Symposium, 12-14 November, TOBB University, Ankara, Turkey, pp. 1-9. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Hatisaru V, 'High school students' perceptions of mathematics: Writing a composition', VIII. Mathematics Symposium, 12-14 November, TOBB University, Ankara, Turkey, pp. 1-7. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Hatisaru V, Kucukturan AG, 'Vocational and technical education problem-based learning exercise: Sample scenario', World Conference on Educational Sciences, 4-7 February, Near East University, North Cyprus, pp. 2151-2155. ISSN 1877-0428 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.378 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2009Hatisaru V, Kucukturan AG, 'Student views on problem-based learning of 9th grade industrial vocational high school', Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, pp. 718-722. ISSN 1877-0428 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.126 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 1

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Hatisaru V, 'Teachers' knowledge of content and students about the function concept and its interrelation with student learning outcomes in vocational high schools' (2013) [PhD]

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2008Hatisaru V, 'The influence of 'problem-based learning' method in the success of the ninth grade math learners and their attitude towards math' (2008) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Hatisaru V, 'The 'Young Vision' program: interview by Suleyman Beledioglu', Ulke TV (Turkish National TV Channel), Turkey (2021) [Media Interview]

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2020Hatisaru V, 'Students' perceptions of mathematics, and if and how classroom teaching, teachers, parents and the wide society contribute perpetuation of student perceptions: interview with Suleyman Beledioglu', Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, Turkey (2020) [Media Interview]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'A Math Puzzle: Why they cannot succeed if they like?', HaberTurk, Turkey (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'Mathematics anxiety', Cekmekoy2023, May (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'South Korea: Education and Success', Teacher World, Turkey, April, pp. 49-52. (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'The key in success in mathematics is joy', Teacher World, Turkey, August, pp. 51-52. (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'TED University Faculty of Education, 2017-2018 Fall Semester, EDU 401 Community Service Projects', Turkey, pp. 1-22. (2018) [Internal Newsletter]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'Why mathematics is important?', Magazine for Educational Guidance, Turkey, March-April, pp. 26-29. (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2018Hatisaru V, 'Lessons learnt from the international comparisons studies for mathematics education', Magazine for Educational Guidance, Turkey, May-June, pp. 14-15. (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2013Hatisaru V, 'South Korea: A Success Story in Mathematics Education', The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), 4, 2, pp. 41-46. (2013) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$2,620,287

Projects

Investigating Academics Perspectives on STEM (2019)$7,439
Description
Investigating Academics Perspectives on STEM is funded by the University of Tasmania CALE Hothouse Program. The project aims to further the preliminary findings of individuals perceptions of STEM learning environments and extend the research to explore the impact of STEM educators understanding of STEM on students STEM learning outcomes. The project team will: (1) further pilot and develop a previous research instrument: Draw a STEM Learning Environment Test and its associated Rubric, and (2) use the instruments to examine perceptions of academics of STEM at UTAS.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,439)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hatisaru V; Fraser SP; Fitzallen NE; Seen AJ
Year
2019
Using the idea of multiple representations in mathematics and science classrooms (2019)$500
Description
Peer Learning Circles: Collaboration for Learning and Teaching Grant.Quality STEM education is touted as important to the nations productivity, and significant funding has been provided to education systems to enhance student learning in STEM. Effective STEM teaching practices provide opportunities for students to express concepts through multiple modes of representation to support concept development and deep learning. This PLC will review current teacher knowledge formulations in mathematics and science education including Shulmans Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK), Ball and colleagues Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) and Rowland et al.s Knowledge Quartets to identify the space that we refer to as representational fluency. The PLC will enable members to reflect on their own understanding of the notion of representational fluency and how it pertains to STEM teaching, which will in turn inform their teaching practices. The process will provide a springboard for exploring how representational fluency, as part of teacher knowledge, predicts instructional quality and student learning outcomes.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($500)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hatisaru V; Fraser SP; Murphy C; Oates GN; Kenny JDJ; Seen AJ; Holland BR; Maher N
Year
2019
Principals as STEM Leaders - Building the Evidence Base for Improved STEM Learning (2018 - 2020)$2,594,410
Description
This project will deliver a set of 3 programs of professional learning (with embedded modules) for developing the capabilities of principals for leading STEM, that have been piloted and made available electronically and in hard copy. It will also develop 7 case studies of best practice in STEM in schools and 2 case studies of development of positive STEM culture schools.
Funding
Department of Education, Skills and Employment ($2,594,410)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fraser SP; Beswick K; Geiger V; Hatisaru V; Watt Helen; Viller S; Branson C; Clark Julie
Period
2018 - 2020
Mobility Project for Higher Education Staff, Teaching Mobility (2017)$2,032
Funding
European Union Erasmus+ Programme ($2,032)
Scheme
KA1 Learning Mobility of Individuals
Administered By
University of Lisbon, Portugal
Research Team
Hatisaru V
Year
2017
Mobility Project for Higher Education Staff, Training Mobility (2017)$2,162
Funding
European Union Erasmus+ Programme ($2,162)
Scheme
KA 1 Learning Mobility of Individuals
Administered By
Utrecht University, Netherlands
Research Team
Hatisaru V
Year
2017
MERGA 2014, Australia (2013)$2,810
Funding
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey ($2,810)
Scheme
Support Program for Participation in Overseas Scientific Activities
Administered By
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Research Team
Hatisaru V
Year
2013
MERGA 2012, Singapore (2012)$2,810
Funding
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey ($2,810)
Scheme
Support Program for Participation in Overseas Scientific Activities
Administered By
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Research Team
Hatisaru V
Year
2012
New ways of teaching mathematics and physics-practical and cross-curricular approach (2012)$3,762
Funding
European Union Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius In-Service Training Mobility ($3,762)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Research Team
Hatisaru V
Year
2012
Content and Language Integrated Learning for Maths and Science Teachers (2009)$4,362
Funding
European Union Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius In-Service Training Mobility ($4,362)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
International Projects Center, England
Research Team
Hatisaru V
Year
2009

Research Supervision

Current

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDSTEM Education: A classroom proposal for elementary school2018
PhDAnalysis of Factors Contributing to Poor Performance in Mathematics Among Senior High School Students in the Northern Region of Ghana2019
PhDConceptualising an image of mathematics2020
PhDConceptualising an Image of Mathematics2020