# Dr Ismail Zembat

**Senior Lecturer**(Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)

**telephone**:
2403

**email**:
Ismail.Zembat@glasgow.ac.uk

11 Eldon St., St. Andrews Building, Office 666, G12 6NH

## Biography

**Dr. Ismail Ozgur Zembat, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, from October 1, 2018.**

## Research interests

I am interested in the following areas of research (qualitative/quantitative). Enquiries from postgraduate students who are interested in any of the following topics are welcome.

- Mathematical concepts, and teaching and learning of them;
- Mathematics teacher knowledge and mathematics teacher development;
- Mathematics curriculum development;
- Student reasoning in mathematics;
- Teaching mathematics in technologically-rich environments

## Grants

* 1. Project name:* Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning;

*Funded by:* National Science Foundation – USA;*About:* Secondary teacher education and curriculum development for secondary teachers;*Period: *August 2000 - August 2004 (I was part of this period only); 2005-2013 (I was not part of this period)*Funded for:* $9,575,724.00 (one partner's share was about $3 million for 2000-2007 period); (NSF Award #0083429)*Principal Investigators:* James Fey (PI); James Hiebert (Co-PI); Patricia Campbell (Co-PI); M. Kathleen Heid (Co-PI)*Research Associates:* Ismail O. Zembat; Debby MacCullough; Barbara McDonald; Gulseren Karagoz Akar (2002-...) - other associates joined the research team starting from 2004

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/ (search for Award #0083429)

*2.* *Project name*: Closing the gap between current knowledge level of UAE mathematics teachers and the ideal level;

*Funded by:* UAE University [previously accepted by National Research Foundation but later transferred to UAE University];*About:* Investigating the profile of UAE mathematics teachers in terms of their mathematics knowledge level to reveal the gap between their current knowledge level and the expected level;*Period:* December 10, 2010 – June 20, 2012;*Funded for:* 250,000AED [about £50,000].*Principal Investigators:* Ismail O. Zembat

**3.** ** Project name:** School-University Collaboration to Cultivate the Experiences of Students and Schoolteachers in Mathematics (SUCCESS – M)

*Funded by:* *Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) Grant, Falkirk Council - Scotland**About:* Enriching teaching and learning through a mathematics curriculum development for topics in Primary 5-Primary 7*Period:* March 2019 – March 2020*Funded for:* £19,627*Project Coordinators:* Ismail O. Zembat & Cristina Mio

**4.** ** Project name:** Small Grants

*Funded by:* University of Glasgow, UK*About:* Enhancing the provision of mathematics education courses and improving pre-service teachers’ understanding of teaching and learning through the use of hands-on/online manipulatives and supporting materials*Period:* January 2020 – June 2020*Funded for:* £5,000*Project Coordinators:* Cristina Mio, Ismail O. Zembat, Susie Marshall, Evelyn Mclaren

## Supervision

*Supervision of Master's Dissertations*

Aslan, Mustafa (2012-2015). *The influence of prospective middle school teachers’ adopted teaching models on their mathematics teaching**. *Mevlana University, Turkey.

Bayram, Ebru (2012-2016). *Mathematics teachers’ specialized content knowledge of measurement concepts and its reflection over their teaching. *Mevlana University, Turkey.

Gürhan, Sümeyye (2013-2015). Middle school students’ development of the conceptual understanding of classifying quadrilaterals within technology-supported environments*. *Mevlana University, Turkey.

Yaşa, Seyit Ali (2012-2015). *The relationship between different grade levels and mathematics teachers’ perceptions of norms**.* Mevlana University, Turkey.

*Supervision of Doctoral Thesis*

- Bakri Awaji, PhD supervision (2020-...), Impact of Geogebra on teaching and learning mathematics

- I co-supervised a PhD student from Gazi University, Ankara – Turkey during 2008-2015 but then dropped the student from my supervision. The focus of the dissertation was the connection between curriculum and teaching in middle school mathematics.

- I supervised another PhD student from the British University in Dubai, Dubai for one semester only (February-September, 2011). The topic was about student misconceptions on fraction operations.

*Serving in the Doctoral Thesis Committees*

Ölmez, Yusuf (2015, December). *RTI Modelinin özel eğitime gereksinimi olan 5. sınıf öğrencilerinin matematik öğrenmeleri üzerindeki etkililiğinin incelenmesi *[*Investigating the effectiveness of RTI model on mathematics learning of fifth graders with special needs*]. Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.

Kaplan, Hatice Aydan (2015, April). *İlköğretim matematik öğretmenlerinin teşhis yeterliliklerinin belirlenmesi [Determining Diagnostic Competence of Elementary Mathematıcs Teachers]*. Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.

*Serving in the Doctoral Thesis Screening Committees*

Camci, Faik (2014, December – 2016, December). Anadolu University Graduate Institute for Educational Sciences, Eskişehir - Turkey.

Güven, Dilşad (2016, May – 2016, December). Gazi University Graduate Institute for Educational Sciences, Ankara - Turkey.

*Serving in the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committees*

Özdemir, Nesibe (2015, October 23). Necmettin Erbakan University Graduate Institute for Educational Sciences, Konya - Turkey.

*Serving in the Master's Dissertation Committees*

Lale, Eralp (2016, Jan 29). *Ortaöğretim matematik öğretmenliği bölümü 4’üncü sınıf öğretmen adaylarının matematiksel modelleme dersindeki yansıtıcı düşünme düzeylerinin incelenmesi.* Gazi Üniversitesi, Ankara, Türkiye.

Turan, Selva Büşra (2016, Jan 21). Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Konya, Türkiye.

Öner, Abdulkadir (2013, July). *The Effects of Computer-Assisted Instruction on Preservice Elementary Mathematics Teachers’ Concept Images Related to the Trigonometric Functions’ Periods*. Master Thesis, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey.

Marashdi, Hanan (2012). *Investigation of self-regulated learning and motivational beliefs in mathematics achievement of 12 ^{th} scientific section students in Al Ain*. Master Thesis, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE.

Erturan, Derya (2007). *7. **sınıf öğrencilerinin sınıf içindeki matematik başarıları ile günlük hayatta matematiği fark edebilmeleri arasındaki ilişki* (*Relation of 7 ^{th} grade students’ mathematics achievement in classroom environment and their perceiving of daily life mathematics*). Master’s Thesis, Hacettepe University, Ankara.

**Awaji**, Bakri Mohammed A

Investigating the Effectiveness of Using GeoGebra on Students' Mathematical Proficiency

## Teaching

The courses I currently teach:

PGDE Maths; MEduc Maths; Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Education; Engineering Maths (BTech Ed)

## Professional activities & recognition

### Prizes, awards & distinctions

- 2002: Tait Scholarship (The Pennsylvani State University)
- 2014: Educator of the Year (Mevlana University, Turkey)

### Research fellowships

- 1999 - 2004: Ministry of Education of Turkey

### Grant committees & research advisory boards

- 2011 - 2012: UAE, Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance Panel Membership

### Editorial boards

- 2006 - 2009: International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education (IEJME)
- 2006 - 2009: Eurasian Journal of Educational Research
- 2009 - 2010: International Journal for Research in Education - UAE

## Additional information

*Serving in Departmental and Faculty Level Committees*

*1. University of Glasgow*Deputy Leader for Research and Teaching Group (RTG) - Pedagogy, Praxis and Faith (Oct 2019 - ...)

Programme Leader for Middle Years (Mathematics/Science) Education (Oct 2018 - ...)

Mathematics Course Lead for PGDE Primary & MEduc Programmes (August 2019 - ...)

*2. Mevlana University*

Head of School - The Graduate School for the Social Sciences, Mevlana (Rumi) University [August 10, 2012 – July 2016]

Department Head - Department of Elementary Education [18.09.2014 – July, 2016]

Senate Member [August 10, 2012 – July 2016]

Institute Council and Administrative Council Memberships (Graduate Institute for the Natural and Applied Sciences) [2014 – July 2016]

Faculty Council Membership (Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering) [2012 – Jan. 26, 2016]

Faculty Administrative Council Membership (Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Business Administration) [2012 – Jan. 26, 2016]

Bologna (European Union) Commission Membership [2012 – 2016]

University Scientific Publications Commission Membership [2012 – 2016]

Legislation and Regulations Commission for Institutes - Member [Sept. 2014 – July 2016]

Internal Scientific Research Support Commission Membership [Sept. 2014 – July 2016]

Teaching Assistantship Regulations Commission Membership [Sept. 2014 – July 2016]

Human Subjects Research Affairs Committee Chair [March 2015- July 2016]

*3. United Arab Emirates University*

Acting Coordinator for the proposed Secondary Education Program [2010-2012]

Academic Programs Committee (chair) [2010-2012]

NCATE Standart 3, 5 Committees (committee member) [2007-2012]

Research and Scholarship Activities Committee (committee member) [2010-2012]

Content Exam Committee [2007-2008]

PhD Program Development Committee [2009-2010]

Course Content Development for Master and PhD programs [2008-2010]

FEDU Journal Committee [2009-2010]

MSTE Conference Organizing Committee [2009-2010]

Course Coordinator for CURR 366–Teaching Methods of Mathematics [2007-2010]

*Presentations at Conferences*Zembat, I. O., & Gurhan, S. (2019, September 10-12). *Fostering development of quadrilateral hierarchy in Geometer's Sketchpad. *BERA, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Zembat, I. O., & Bayram, E. (2019, September 3-6). *An articulation of specialized content knowledge of mathematics teachers in the context of measurement concepts*. ECER, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany.

Zembat, İ. Ö. (2016, January 30-31). *A brief analysis of fraction multiplication in elementary and middle grade level and in teacher development* (in Turkish). *Model Practices in Teaching Mathematics Conference-I*, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O., & Aslan, M. (2014, September 11-14). Teacher candidates and their conceptions of mathematics teaching (in Turkish). 11^{th} National Science and Mathematics Education Congress. Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2012, Sept. 12-14). An analysis specialized content knowledge of mathematics teachers.* 21 ^{st} National Educational Sciences Congress.* Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2012, Sept. 5-7). Education in Turkey and in the World (Panel): Education system and the mathematics education in United Arab Emirates. Paper presented at the *Contemporary Approaches to Mathematics Teaching Symposium-2.* Denizli, Turkey: Pamukkale University. * *

Zembat, I. O. (2011, July 6-9). Analysis and teaching of core concepts in geometry through use of Wingeom. Paper presented at the *Contemporary Approaches to Mathematics Teaching Symposium-1.* Denizli, Turkey: Pamukkale University.

Zembat, I. O. (2011, April 15). Teaching mathematics with the help of technology. Paper presented at the *Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Conference.* Al Ain: UAE University.

Zembat, I. O. (February 4-8, 2010). Prospective elementary teachers’ conceptions of volume. Paper presented at the *World Conference on Educational Sciences *(*WCES*), Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (February 4-8, 2010). Closing the gap between current knowledge level of UAE mathematics teachers and the ideal level. Paper presented at the *World Conference on Educational Sciences *(*WCES*), Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2009, April 21). Closing the Gap between Current Knowledge Level of UAE Mathematics Teachers and the Ideal Level. Paper presented at the *Fifth Annual Research Forum – Improving Education Practice Through Research.* Al Ain: UAE University.

Simon, M. A., Saldanha, L., McClintock, E., Karagoz-Akar, G., Wattanabe, T., **Zembat, I. O.** (2007). Understanding students' learning through their activity: Toward a basis for a scientific approach to task design and sequencing. *Paper presented at the Twenty Ninth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.* Lake Tahoe, Nevada: University of Nevada.

Olkun, S., Smith, G. G., Gerretson, H. B., **Zembat, I. O.**,Erdem, A.,Johnson, G. (2007, 5-7 September). Sınıf öğretmeni adaylarının uzamsal becerilerinin uluslararası düzeyde karşılaştırılması (An international comparison of preservice elementary school teachers‘ spatial abilities). Paper presented at the Sixteenth National Educational Sciences Conference, Gaziosmanpasa University Faculty of Education, Tokat, Turkey.

Heid, M. K., & **Zembat, I. O.** (2007). *Representational and object understanding of mathematical entities: The case of function*. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

Heid, M. K., Lunt, J., Portnoy, Neil, & **Zembat, I. O.** (2006). *Ways in which prospective secondary mathematics teachers deal with mathematical complexity*. Paper presented at the Twenty-eighth Annual Meeting, North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Merida, Mexico.

**Zembat, I. O.** (2006). *Working on* *the same problem – concepts; With the usual subjects – prospective elementary teachers*. Paper presented at the seventh National Science and Mathematics Education Congress, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.

Heid, M. K., **Zembat, I. O**., Peters, S., Sullivan, P., Portnoy, N., & Wilson, P. (2006). *Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Ways of Mathematical Thinking (Symposium)*. Paper presented at the NCTM Annual Meeting (SIG/RME) Research Presession, St. Louis, MO - USA.

Portnoy, Neil, Heid, M. K., Lunt, J., & **Zembat, I. O.** (2005). *Prospective secondary mathematics teachers unravel the complexity of covariation through structural and operational perspectives*. Paper presented at the Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting, North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Virginia - USA.

Heid, M. K., Blume, G. W., **Zembat, I. O.**, Seaman, W., MacCullough, D., & MacDonald, B. (2002). *Understanding of function as seen in understanding of multivariate function: The case of prospective secondary mathematics teachers*. Paper presented at the Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting, North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Georgia - USA.

Speight, E., & **Zembat, I. O.** (2002). *How Johnny justifies what Johnny understands.* Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Las Vegas.

**Zembat, I. O.**, & Speight, E. (2002). *How Johnny justifies what Johnny understands.* Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

*Other Conferences & Workshops Attended*(July 7-11, 2006) International Workshop on Research in Secondary and Tertiary Mathematics Education, Baskent University, Ankara - Turkey

(June, 2004). Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-USA.

(May, 2003). Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-USA.

(June 5-7, 2002). Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-USA.

(September 7-9, 2001). Conference on Research on Technology and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics-II, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-USA.

(February 2-4, 2001). Conference on Research on Technology and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics-I, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-USA.

Zembat, I. O. (1997). *Simply Connected Spaces and Riemann Mapping Theorem*. Paper presented at Ankara University Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Ankara, Turkey. [Departmental Seminar for Master Degree]

*Invited Speeches*Zembat, I. O. (2007, March). *Importance of technology in mathematics education*. Hacettepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Elementary Education, Beytepe, Ankara - Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2006, May). *Constructivism in mathematics education*. Hacettepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Elementary Education, Beytepe, Ankara - Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2005, November). *New approaches in mathematics teaching and learning*. Ankara University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Ankara - Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2005, May). *A look at division of fractions through a constructivist lens. *Hacettepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Elementary Education, Beytepe, Ankara - Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (2005, February). *Unknown dimensions of the concept of division of fractions and the related learning difficulties*. Gazi University, Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics Education, Ankara - Turkey.

*Professional Development Seminars funded by Ministry of Education in Turkey*Zembat, I. O. (June 19-23, 2006). *Project development seminars*. Mersin Professional Development Institute, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (June 26-28, 2006). *Introduction of new national mathematics curriculum*. Keçiören, Ankara, Turkey.

Zembat, I. O. (July 31 - August 4, 2006). *The best curriculum samples workshop*. Ankara, Turkey.

*Professinoal Development Seminars given in UAE Public Schools*Zembat, I. O. (2012, February 16). Teaching for understanding: The case of fractions. *Al-Yahar United School*, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2011, June 7). Teaching of fraction operations effectively through use of technology. *Emirates National School*, Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2011, May 1). Using technology in teaching (multiplying) fractions. *Al-Ajbaan School*, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2010, June 6). Data analysis and interpretation. *Al-Dhafra Professional Development Program*, Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2010, May 22). Teaching operations on fractions through use of technology. *2 ^{nd} AlSanawbar School Professional Development Forum*, Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2010, May 8). Data analysis and interpretation. *Al-Dhafra Professional Development Program*, Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2009). How to improve mathematics instruction through use of technology? Al-Sanawbar School (K-12), Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2009, April 25). A contemporary approach to teaching mathematics with(out) technology (for teachers). UAE University, Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2009, April 2). Integration of technology into teaching mathematics. Oasis School (grades K-10), Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2009, February 11). A different perspective to look into teaching and learning of mathematical concepts. Al Hemma Primary School (for girls cycle 2), Al Ain, UAE.

Zembat, I. O. (2008, October 30). *Use of technology in teaching geometry*. Our Own English High School, Al Ain, UAE.

*Refereeing for Journals and Research Proposals*2002 - 2004 The Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Reviewer)

2004 - ... North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. (Reviewer) [4-5 articles/year]

2005 - 2006 Hacettepe University Journal of Education. (Associate editor)

2006 - 2007 Elementary Education Online (Reviewer)

2006 - 2009 International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education (IEJME). (Editorial board member + manuscript reviewer [1 article /year] during 2006-2009.

2006 - … School Science and Mathematics (SSM) (Reviewer) [1-2 articles/year]

2006 - … Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM) (Reviewer) [1-2 articles/year]

2006 - 2009 Eurasian Journal of Educational Research (Editorial Board Member)

2007 - ... Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (Reviewer)

2008 - … International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (Reviewer)

2008 - 2010 Ondokuz Mayıs University Faculty of Education Journal (Reviewer)

2009 - … Congress of Educational Research (Mathematics Education Division Committee member, manuscript reviewer) [4 article/year]

2009 - ...* *ZDM (Zentralblatt für Didaktik der Mathematik), Manuscript Reviewer [1 so far].

2009 - … Mathematical Thinking and Learning (Reviewer).

2009 - 2010 International Journal for Research in Education* (Editorial Board member)*

2015 - … Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (Reviewer)

2015 - … KUYEB – Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice (Reviewer)

2007 - … Reviewing research proposals for Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Qatar Foundation.

2011, Sept Served in a committee to review applications for Hamdan-UNESCO Award for excellence in teaching.

2018 Refereeing European Union Projects.

2019 Journal of Adult & Continuing Education

*Journal Editorships*Feb 2010-June 2010 International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education (*Associate Editor*)

July 2010-Jan 2012 International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education (*Co-Editor in-chief*)

Feb 2012-Jan 2014 International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education (*Editor-in-Chief*)

2013 - 2016 International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology (*Mathematics Education Section* *Editor*)

*Scholarships and Awards*

- Scholarship from Ministry of Education of Turkey, 53000USD, (Jan 1999 - Aug 2000)

- Tait Scholarship, Pennsylvania State University, USA (Spring 2002)

- Educator of the Year (2013-2014 academic year) – Mevlana University, Turkey

- Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance Panel Membership (2011-2012 academic year), UAE University

*Professional Memberships*British Educational Research Association (2019-…)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (1999 - 2016)

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2002 - …)

*Languages Spoken*English (advanced)

Turkish (mother tongue)

Arabic (very basic level, daily routines)

*Computer Skills*Basic computer skills (Windows, Office, etc.); Statistical and qualitative data analysis software (Minitab, SPSS, Atlas.ti); Mathematics education computer programs (Geometer’s Sketchpad, Wingeom, JavaBars, Geogebra, Euclidraw); Course management systems (Blackboard, Moodle)

*Certificates*

- Certificate for computer literacy (May 7, 2007), Hacettepe University, Turkey

- Certified instructional technology expert level 1 (CITE Professional Development Program) (September 28, 2011), UAE University