Meet Dr Ipek Saralar-Aras, a Turkish maths teacher conducting research on geometry and educational technologies!

Ipek is a qualified mathematics teacher who works on designing lessons to improve students’ understanding of spatial geometry. She has worked, volunteered and trained in numerous schools in Turkey and England. She graduated from the Middle East Technical University in June 2014 with a BSc and in April 2016 with an MSc in Mathematics Education. She joined the University of Nottingham’s Learning Science Research Institute in September 2015 as an MA student in Learning, Technology and Education. Successfully completing the requirements for her MA degree in September 2016, she continued her studies with a PhD in Education in the same institute. She worked as a doctoral researcher and a research assistant at the University of Nottingham in the School of Education. She successfully defended her PhD thesis in March 2020 and received her doctorate in Education from the University of Nottingham, England. She is currently an academician and an education expert at the Turkish Ministry of National Education.