# Dr Utkun Aydin

**Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education – Mathematics Education**(School of Education)

**telephone**:
01413302780

**email**:
Utkun.Aydin@glasgow.ac.uk

## Biography

Utkun was born to a family of teachers. She completed her elementary, middle and secondary school education in TED Zonguldak College, Turkey. After receiving B.S. degree in mathematics at Ankara University (2002), she started as a research assistant in Mugla Sitki Kocman University and received M.S. with non-thesis pedagogical formation degree in Secondary Science and Mathematics Education (2003). Utkun completed her graduate studies as a research assistant in Middle East Technical University by receiving M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees in Secondary Science and Mathematics Education. Later, she was as an assistant professor of mathematics education at MEF University in 2014-2017. During these years, she actively participated in school-university partnerships, and she taught 5^{th} grade mathematics at a disadvantaged public middle school and collaborated with mathematics teachers at public/private middle schools. Prior to the University of Glasgow, Utkun worked at American University of the Middle East, Department of Mathematics in Kuwait (2017-2022), served as a moderator of several courses and participated in committees of learning and curriculum. Utkun received her associate professorship degree at the Head of Interuniversity Council, Ankara, Turkey in 2019. She taught undergraduate courses on both mathematics and mathematics education, in addition to graduate courses on advanced research methods in education. Her research interests are mathematical thinking, knowledge of geometry, test development and adaptation, metacognition and test anxiety. She has a particular interest in structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling. Utkun is currently working as a data analysis advisor in a research project on the effect of math anxiety on middle school students’ problem-solving skills using behavioral and neuroscientific (optical brain imaging) methods. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council on Measurement in Education and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Utkun is fond of books, music and nature and planning to turn her life-abroad memoir with photo illustrations on instagram into a book.

## Research interests

- Mathematical Thinking
- Knowledge of Geometry
- Test Anxiety
- Metacognition
- Test/Scale Development and Adaptation
- Experimental Designs
- Structural Equation Modeling
- Multilevel Modeling

## Grants

**Aydin, U., Researcher (2022-2024).** *Investigation of the Effect of Mathematics Anxiety on Problem Solving Skills of Middle School Students by Behavioral and Neuroscientific (Optical Brain Imaging) Methods*. MEF University Research Projects Support Program, Turkey. Budget: 74.772 TL, Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Rukiye Didem Taylan. 16.02.2022 – 16.08.2024

**Aydin, U., Statistical Analysis Specialist (2018-2020). ***Kuşaklararası Dayanışmanın Aile ve Okul Bileşenleri ile İlişkisi [The Interplay between Intergenerational Solidarity, Family and School]*. Supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey [TÜBİTAK] COST/INTERFASOL (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Project. Grant Number: 116K225 Budget: 280.000 TL, Principal Investigator: Asst. Prof. Hatice Çelebi 1.02.2018-1.08.2020

**Aydin, U., Researcher (2015-2017). ***Bilinçli-farkındalık (mindfulness) temelli psiko-eğitim programının öğrencilerin matematik kaygısı, tutumları ve özyeterlikleri üzerindeki etkisi [The effect of mindfulness-based psyco-educational program on students’ attitudes towards mathematics, mathematics anxiety, and self-efficacy]*. Supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey [TÜBİTAK] 1001 Projects. Grant Number: 115K450 Budget: 24.000 TL, Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Zümra Atalay 15.11.2015-15.05.2017

**Aydin, U., Statistical Data Analysis Advisor (2016). ***Nature of Science in Science Teacher Education: A Comparative Research and Development*. Supported by Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey. Grant Number: 10621 Budget: 165.500 TL, Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Ebru Kaya.

**Aydin, U., Researcher (2007-2009). ***Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Using Analogy in Functions.* Supported by Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey Scientific Research Projects. Grant Number: BAP-2007-05-01-02. Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Behiye Ubuz

**Aydin, U., Scholar (2008-2009)**. *Reform Sürecinde Öğretmenleri Anlama: İlköğretim 2. Kademe Matematik Öğretmenlerinin Kişisel Karakteristikleri ve Reform ile İlgili Kaygıları [Understanding Teachers in Reform Process: Elementary Mathematics Teachers’ Personal Characteristics and their Concerns Related to the Reform in Elementary Mathematics Programs]. *Supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey [TÜBİTAK][TÜBİTAK] 1002 Projects. Grant Number:107K551 Principal Investigator: Asst. Prof. Bülent Çetinkaya 1.03.2008-1.03.2009

**Aydin, U., Researcher (2005-2007). ***T-Math: Technology Assisted Mathematics Instruction and Teacher Education. *Supported by Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey Scientific Research Projects. Grant Number: BAP-2005-07-02-08. Principal Investigator: Asst. Prof. A. Kürşat Erbaş

## Supervision

**Aydin, U. [Co-Advisor]** Dalkılınç, F. (2018-2023). Adaptation of Children’s Math Anxiety Scale to Turkish: A Validity and Reliability Study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey. (Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Meriç Özgeldi)

**Aydin, U. [Thesis Committee Member]**

- Türker, B. (2018). Factors affecting high achieving students’ career choices in stem fields. Unpublished master’s thesis, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey. (Advisor: Asst. Prof. Fatma Aslan Tutak)
- Akbaş, M. (2017). The investigation of primary level gifted students’ argumentation level and informal reasoning related to socioscientific issues. Unpublished master’s thesis, Abant İzzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey. (Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Pınar Seda Çetin)
- Erenler, S. (2017). The effect of argument driven inquiry (ADI) method on pre-service science teachers’ metacognitive awareness and scientific writing skills. Unpublished master’s thesis, Abant İzzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey. (Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Pınar Seda Çetin)
- Temel Doğan, D. (2017). Examining of preservice mathematics teachers' integrating virtual manipulatives into lesson plan: The case of algebra. Unpublished master’s thesis, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey. (Advisor: Asst. Prof. Meriç Özgeldi)

## Teaching

**Present:**

Curriculum, Pedagogies and Practice in the Primary, Curriculum Enquiry 2A&2B, Curriculum Enquiry 3, Education in Practice 4, Principles and Practices of Research (MSc Online - Course Leader), Dissertation

**Past:**

Instructional Technology and Material Design, Measurement and Evaluation, Assessment in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Advanced Research Techniques (MSc), Fundamentals of Mathematics, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus: Functions and Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Analytical Geometry and Calculus I & II

## Professional activities & recognition

### Prizes, awards & distinctions

- 2022: Publication Award (American University of the Middle East Engineering Research Group Unit)
- 2021: Publication Encouragement Award (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
- 2019: Publication Encouragement Award (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
- 2015: Publication Encouragement Award (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
- 2014: Publication Encouragement Award (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
- 2010: Publication Encouragement Award #1 (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
- 2010: Publication Encouragement Award #2 (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)

### Research fellowships

- 2007 - 2009: Scholar: Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Using Analogy in Functions. Supported by Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey Scientific Research Projects. Grant Number: BAP-2007-05-01-02

### Editorial boards

- 2014 - 2018: International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology

### Professional & learned societies

- 2013 - ongoing: Member, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- 2021 - ongoing: Member, National Council on Measurement in Education
- 2021 - ongoing: Member, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

### Selected international presentations

- 2021: The ITC 2021 Colloquium on Diversity and Equity in a Globalized Digital World: Opportunities and Challenges for Assessment (Birgili, B. & Aydın, U. The MATH Taxonomy as a tool for analyzing university entrance examination mathematics items. Online poster presentation.)
- 2019: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) (Aydın, U., & Özgeldi, M. Identifying Competency Demands in Calculus Textbook Examples: The Case of Integrals. Hamburg, Germany.)
- 2018: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) (Aydın, U., Özgeldi, M., & Aydın, O.Prospective Teachers’ Social Cognition, Metacognition, and Academic Performance: A Path Analysis Approach.Bolzano. Italy.)
- 2017: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) (Aydın, U., Tunç-Pekkan, Z., Taylan, R. D., Birgili, B., & Özcan, M. Public and Private School Students’ Fractional Knowledge: School Type Differences.Copenhagen, Denmark)
- 2017: Türk Bilgisayar ve Matematik Eğitimi Sempozyumu – 3 [Turkish Computer and Mathematics Education Symposium] (Tunç-Pekkan, Z., Birgili, B., Taylan, D., & Aydın, U. Okulda Üniversite modelinin ilk yıl uygulamasının değerlendirilmesi [Evaluating the first year implication of the University within School model]. Afyonkarahisar, Turkey.)
- 2016: 12. Ulusal Fen ve Matematik Eğitimi Kongresi (UFBMEK) [12th National Science and Mathematics Education Congress] (Aydın, U., Tunç-Pekkan, Z., Taylan, D., Birgili, B., & Özcan, M. Okulda Üniversite Modeli-Temelli öğretimin 5. Sınıf öğrencilerinin kesir bilgisini geliştirme üzerine etkisi [The effect of University within Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey.)
- 2016: American Educational Research Association Meeting (AERA) (Aydın, U., Birgili, B., Tunç-Pekkan, Z., Taylan, R. D., & Özcan, M. Improving fifth grade students’ fractional knowledge through university-school partnership. Washington, DC, USA.)
- 2016: The 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME) (Ubuz, B., & Aydın, U. Multilevel modeling of undergraduate students’ mathematical thinking about the derivative concept. Hamburg, Germany.)
- 2016: The 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME) (Tunç-Pekkan, Z., Taylan, R. D., Birgili, B., Aydın, U., & Özcan, M. Hamburg, Germany.)
- 2016: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Research Conference (Taylan, R. D., Tunç-Pekkan, Z., Birgili, B., Aydın, U., & Özcan, M. San Francisco, USA.)
- 2015: Sonbahar Öğretmenler Sempozyumu [19. Autumn Teachers Symposium] (Engin, A., & Aydın, U., & Taylan, R. D.Okulda Üniversite Modeli çerçevesinde eş-öğretmenlik deneyimi [Co-teaching experience through University within School Model]. Eyüboğlu Eğitim Kurumları [Eyüboğlu Education Institutions], Istanbul, Turkey.)
- 2013: The the 8th Conference of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME) (Ubuz, B., Aydın, U., & Eryılmaz-Çevirgen, A. Antalya, Turkey.)
- 2009: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) (Cetinkaya, B., Oren, D., Aydin, U., & Erbas, A. K. Thessaloniki, Greece.)

## Additional information

**Reviewer:**

- Educational Research and Evaluation (2023 – )
- The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher (2016 – )
- European Journal of Educational Research (2016 – )
- International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (2016 – )
- Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (2019 – )
- International Journal of School & Educational Psychology (2021 – )
- Education and Science (2015 – )
- Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education (2015 – )
- Elementary Education Online (2016 – )
- Higher Education Studies (2016 – 2021)

**Conference Proposal Reviewer**

- European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2018
*Network 10: Teacher Education*

- European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2019
*Network 10: Teacher Education*

- European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2020
*Network 10 & 24: Teacher Education & Mathematics Education*

- Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2021 SIG: Research in Mathematics Education & Division C: Learning and Instruction

- European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2021
*Network 10 & 24: Teacher Education & Mathematics Education*

- The Twenty-Seventh Annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Conference 2023

**Chair**

**Aydin, U.** (2019). In paper session, *Special Call: Mapping Teacher Education across Europe and Beyond*. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Hamburg, Germany.

**Scientific Board Membership**

**Aydin, U. **(2016). International Conference on Education in Mathematics, Science & Technology. May 19-22. Bodrum, Muğla, Turkey (http://www.icemst.com/)

**Aydın U**., **Editorial Board Member **(2023 – ) “Educational Research and Evaluation” (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/nere20/current)

**Social Responsibility Project**

**Aydin, U. **(2017). Köy Okulları Değişim Ağı (Network of Change in Village Schools) Volunteer in the content development team (http://www.kodegisim.com/)

**Consulting Service**

**Aydin, U.****[Test Development Advisor]**(2016). MEF University, Lifelong Learning Center, İstanbul, Turkey. Yapı Kredi Bank Academy Distance Education Materials Design Course**Aydin, U. [Test Development & Mathematics Education Advisor]**(2007). Development of Doğa Schools Scholarship Examination. CITO, Ankara, Turkey.**Aydin, U. [Mathematics Education Advisor]**(2004). Malaysia Form 3: Grade 8 Mathematics and Science Programs. RTB Education Solutions, Middle East Technical University Technopolis, Ankara, Turkey.

**Professional Service**

**Aydin, U.**(2016-2017) MEF University, Faculty of Education, Istanbul, Turkey. Representative of the assistant professors at the Faculty Administrative Board**Aydin, U.**(2016-2017) MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey. Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Representative of the Faculty of Education