Asli Sezen-Barrie

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Smith Hall, Room 426-D


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
with Minor in Educational Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Educational Sciences
Bogazici University
B.S., Science Education
Bogazici University

Areas of Expertise

Assessment and Evaluation

Discourse Analysis

Science Teacher Education

Climate Change Education

Learning Progressions

Teaching Scientific Practices


Dr. Sezen-Barrie is an Assistant Professor of Science Education and contact faculty for the Middle School Science Major at Towson University. Currently, her research interests have an overarching goal of improving science teacher education towards ambitious equitable classroom practices. The research program she developed during her early career years has two lines. The first line involves using the discourse analysis method to look at sociocultural dynamics of learning and teaching practice. Drawn from the fields of sociolinguistics, epistemology and climate change education research, Dr. Sezen-Barrie examines students’ and teachers’ construction of and learning from evidence-based explanations on climate change topics. The second line of research lies at the intersection of anthropology and learning progression studies. She uses the concept of “professional vision” while developing a sustainable support system to improve preservice and novice teachers’ teaching of climate science and effectively assess students’ learning in a meaningful progression.

Previously, Dr. Sezen-Barrie was involved in projects to develop a framework for analyzing preservice teachers’ learning to teach science and an extensive international review of learning progression studies. Prior to her career at Towson University, Asli completed her PhD in Science Education at Penn State University where she worked with local middle school teachers in developing a model of informal formative assessments. Asli’s K-12 teaching experience includes teaching science and math at international middle schools (Istanbul, Turkey), coordinating educational activities for secondary schools at a botanic garden (Istanbul, Turkey & Oxford, England) and teaching elementary and middle school students at Science-U summer camp (State College, PA).

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Courses Taught

  • PHSC 206 Earth-Space Science for Middle School Teachers
  • PHYS 205 Physics for Middle School Teachers
  • SCIE 380 Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools
  • SCIE 381 Teaching Science in the Middle School Level