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25% Biology, 75% Curriculum & Instruction
Associate Professor
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  • BRNG 4160


Dr. Guzey’s research on integrated STEM education focuses on design, implementation, and evaluation of engineering design-based science teaching and learning strategies.


Dr. S. Selcen Guzey is an Associate Professor of Science Education who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Biological Sciences. She joined Purdue University in August 2014 as a part of a faculty cluster-hire in the area of integrated STEM education. To that end, Dr. Guzey integrates her discovery, learning, and engagement activities with a research agenda that aims to improve STEM education, in particular life science and engineering-focused STEM teaching and learning. Based on her research experience and record, in 2016, she was appointed as the Associate Director of Research Initiatives for Purdue University’s Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST).


2010, Science Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.A. 2007, Science Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
B.S. 2003, Biology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Selected Projects

U.S. Department of Education, Indy STEM Teacher Residency, 2019-2024, $5,072,651. Co-PI.

NSF, DRK-12, LifeSTEM: Integration of Engineering Design and Life Science: Investigating the Influence of an Intervention on Student Interest and Motivation in STEM Fields, $1,838,015. PI.

NSF, NOYCE, Project Einstein: Excellence in STEM teaching in Indiana, 2018-2023, $1,415,500 . .

Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Strengthening Indiana’s Future through the 21st Century STEM Teachers Scholarship Program, 2016-2021, $688,000. Co-PI.

NSF, MSP, EngrTEAMS: Engineering to Transform the Education of Analysis, Measurement, and Science in Team-Based Targeted Mathematics-Science Partnership 2013-2019, $7,998,001. Co-PI.

Selected Publications

Guzey, S. S. & Yoon, J. (2021). Productive thinking in engineering design. International

Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 9 , 215-232.

Siverling, E., Moore, T., Suazo, E., Mathis, C., Guzey, S. S. (2021). What initiates evidence-

based reasoning?: Situations that prompt students to justify their design ideas and decisions. Journal of Engineering Education, 10 (2), 294-317.

Guzey, S. S. , Caskurlu, S., & Kozan, K. (2020). Integrated STEM education approaches and

Handbook of Research on STEM Education (pp. 65-75). Routledge.

Dubinsky, J., Guzey, S. S. , Schwartz M. S., Roehrig, G., MacNabb, C., et al. (2019).

Contributions of neuroscience knowledge to teachers and their practice. The

Neuroscientist , 25 (5), 394-407.

Aranda, M., Guzey, S. S. & Moore, T. J. (2019). Multidisciplinary discourses in

engineering design-based science curricular unit. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 30 (3), 507-529.

Johnston, A. C., Akarsu, M. G., Moore, T., & Guzey, S. S. (2019). Engineering as the

integrator: A case study of one middle school science teacher’s talk. Journal of Engineering Education , 108 , 418-440.

Lie, R., Aranda, M., Guzey, S. S. , Moore, T. (2019). Students’ views of design in an

engineering design-based science curriculum unit. Research in Science Education , 51, 663-683.

Guzey, S. S. & Ring, B. (2018). Negotiating science and engineering: An exploratory case

International Journal of Science Education, 40(7), 723-741.

Guzey, S. S. & Aranda, M. (2017). Student participation in engineering practices and discourse:

Journal of Engineering Education, 106, 585-606.



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