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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Erdogan Kaya
PhD, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Secondary Education 6-12

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2400B
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B4
Fairfax, VA 22030


Kaya is an assistant professor of education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. He has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and teaches methods courses. He received his MS degree in computer science and engineering and holds a BS degree in chemical engineering. He coached robotics teams and was awarded several grants that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Computer Science (CS). He is interested in inspiring learners to code and engineer for social causes to increase participation and make STEM+CS accessible for all. He has been volunteering in many educational outreach programs including, Science Fair, and Robotics programs such as First Robotics competitions. He has published journal papers and presented at national and international conferences about computational thinking, K-12 computer science, robotics, and pre-college engineering education. Areas of research interest include K-16 computing and engineering education, STEM+CS, computational thinking, and robotics in K-12 STEM+CS education.

Kaya advocates his view that research, teaching, and learning are best practiced as a unified enterprise that benefits students and society. He has received numerous teaching awards as well as grants for his research from several foundations.

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Research Interests
  • K-12 Computer Science Education
  • K-12 Engineering Education
  • K-12 Science Education
Recent Publications

Kaya, E., Deniz, H., & Yesilyurt, E. (2022). Can’t Pick It Up? Student engineers solve big trash problem using a 3D printer. Science & Children, 60(1), 65–69.

Kaya, E., Newley, A., Yesilyurt, E., & Deniz, H. (2020). Measuring Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs of Preservice Elementary Teachers. Journal of College Science Teaching, 49(6).

Kaya, E., Yesilyurt, E., Newley, A. & Deniz, H. (2019). Examining the Impact of a Computational Thinking Intervention on Pre-service Elementary Science Teachers’ Computational Thinking Teaching Efficacy Beliefs, Interest and Confidence. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 38(4), 385-392. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 31, 2019 from

Kaya, E., Newley, A., Yesilyurt, E., & Deniz, H. (2019). Improving Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Engineering Teaching Efficacy Beliefs With 3D Design and Printing. Journal of College Science Teaching, 48(5), 76–83.

Bahar, A. K., Kaya, E., & Zhang, X. (2022). Gender Disparities in AP Computer Science Exams: Analysis of Trends in Participation and top Achievement. Journal of Advanced Academics, 1932202X221119499.

Deniz, H., Kaya, E., Yesilyurt, E., & Trabia, M. (2019). The influence of an engineering design experience on elementary teachers’ nature of engineering views. Int J Technol Des Educ (2019).

Newley, A., Kaya, E., Deniz, H., & Yesilyurt, E. (2019). Animatronic Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! How computational thinking and 3D printing can help students create an animatronic zoo. Science & Children, 56(8), 64–71.