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At Nigde: Birth of TSTEM

posted Jun 18, 2012, 5:16 AM by M. Sencer Corlu   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 1:23 PM by M. Sencer Corlu ]
Last week, I was at Bilkent  for three days to select the most suitable teacher candidates among many applicants. I conducted semi-structured interviews, asking questions to predict whether they could successfully complete Bilkent's intensive teacher education program and conduct research for their master's thesis. The selection process was very difficult as many of them were very strong candidates but unfortunately, we could only invite a limited number of people to this program. These young men and women gave me some hope with respect to the future of my country. Following that week, I went to Nigde to attend The National Mathematics and Science Education Congress to speak at a panel on STEM education in Turkey. This is likely to be the first time that STEM Education is talked about in Turkey. I was very proud and also somehow excited to be on that panel and also for presenting in Turkish.