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Mehmet Aydeniz, PhD

Associate Professor, STEM Education/Science


Mehmet Aydeniz is an associate professor of science education. He received his MS with a concentration in chemistry in 2001 and his PhD in science education in 2007 from Florida State University. He taught high school chemistry for three years in Orlando, Florida.

In his undergraduate courses, he strives to provide students with successful experiences with learning science through inquiry. For practical applications, he challenges  students to develop inquiry-based science learning activities using the learning cycle model of instruction. In graduate courses, he focuses on helping students to look critically at the science education reform initiatives. He also introduces students to contemporary curriculum theories and challenges them to consider the political, cultural, and economical implications of contemporary curriculum theories for our society.


Aydeniz’s research focuses on student learning and professional development. He is primarily interested in empowering science teachers through pedagogical content knowledge to teach inquiry-based science. His other research interests include assessment of students’ learning, modeling inquiry-based learning in science classrooms, and validity and equity issues in standardized testing.


Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

  • A408 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-0885
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