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Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Science Education

Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, Ph.D., is a faculty member in LSI’s Florida Center for Research in STEM (FCR-STEM). She holds a joint appointment in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University as an associate professor in Science Education.

Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa’s research interests include science teaching and learning, teacher cognition and learning, and instructional improvement at scale. Her research efforts center on the design, selection, and effective use of cognitively demanding tasks in science classrooms. In her current research, she has focused on teachers’ learning in a video-based professional development, which involved analyzing video cases of the enactment of cognitively demanding science tasks, and also effects of this professional development on teachers’ instructional practices.

Prior to joining the FSU faculty, Dr. Tekkumru-Kisa worked as a post-doc in the Learning Research and Development Center on an NSF-funded project that focused on the design, implementation, and study of STEM curriculum materials that aimed to teach big ideas in biology tied to mathematics within the context of an engineering design challenge in high school science classrooms. Her work in this project involved designing educative curriculum materials for teachers to support their enactment of the STEM units as well as studying the impact of the materials on teachers’ learning and instruction. She also involved in designing and studying the effectiveness of a web-based tool (iPlan), which provided access to the educative curriculum materials in an interactive platform. Before moving to United States, she involved in national and international education projects that aimed to improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics classrooms in Turkey.


Post doc, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2013-2015

Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Policy, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

M.S. in Secondary School Science and Mathematics Education, Bogazici University, 2008

B.S. in Science Education (with a minor in mathematics Education), Bogazici University, 2005


  • Tekkumru-Kisa, M., Stein, M.K., & Schunn, C. (2015). A framework of cognitive demand and content-practices integration: Task Analysis Guide in Science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 52(5), 659-685.

  • Tekkumru-Kisa, M. & Stein, M.K. (2015). Learning to see teaching in new ways: A foundation for maintaining cognitive demand. American Educational Research Journal 52(1), 105-136.