September 29, 2022
Yagmur Cisem Yilmaz, a PhD candidate and Junior Research Fellow at Tallinn University, has been an exchange visitor at SLATE for three weeks in September. The visit was funded through an exchange under the EU twinning project Scaling up Educational Innovation in Schools (SEIS). SEIS is a partnership between the University of Tallinn, the Estonia and Tampere Research Centre for Information & Media (TAU) at the University of Tampere in Finland, and SLATE: The Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology at the University of Bergen in Norway.
Yilmaz’s research is focused on STEAM education, an approach to teaching and learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Unlike STEM, STEAM includes the arts.
While at SLATE, Yagmur Cisem Yilmaz has worked closely with SLATE's Senior Researcher Ingunn Johanne Ness, participated in SLATE activities, and held presentations about her PhD project.
The title of Yilmaz's PhD project is Exploring the Necessities of Teaching Chemistry through Ballet with CHEMDANCE: A Case Study. Yilmaz’s main research question is: What are the advantages and disadvantages of teaching interdisciplinary STEAM subjects, and of learning STEM subjects through arts?
With this project, Yilmaz aims to gain insight into how the integration of arts can function in the context of an Estonian upper secondary school. The case study is focused on a group of female students, 13-14 years of age. As part of the CHEMDANCE activity, the students were asked to research the characteristics of chemical elements and how they behave when in reaction. Based on the elements, the students then designed their dance moves individually and as a team. They could also get help from arts teachers for choreography, costumes, and music, as well as their chemistry teacher for any other concerns related to the chemical elements.