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Principal’s Introduction


“Education at Maarif involves more than providing academic instruction. It is about nurturing and developing our students academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically raising good people.”


Dr Zeynep Yaseen is an award-winning educator and school leader boasting more than a decade of expertise in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. She was recognised as the Excellence Awardee of Principal of the Year (non-government) in 2022 and 2023 consecutively in the Australian Education Awards. Additionally, she was honoured as the Hot List 2022 and 2023 Winner by The Educator Australia. Dr Zeynep Yaseen graduated from Bogazici University, Istanbul with an honour degree. She completed her Master’s degree at the same University in primary and secondary school textbooks and visuals. Dr Yaseen has worked as an academic staff at Bogazici University during her Master’s degree. In 2012, she received two high prestigious scholarships from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for her Doctorate in Education. UTS awards allowed her to make a valuable contribution to creating an effective learning environment for students. She worked as a postdoc fellow in the Teacher Education Program STEMed Research Centre at UTS in 2017.

Dr Yaseen specialises in student-centred learning environments in STEM education and has a background in mathematics and science teaching, in both primary and high schools. She focuses on student-generated animations in the teaching and learning of science. Dr Yaseen supports academic and professional staff in the application of an appropriate pedagogic and technical design and provides expert advice to develop and deliver new technological learning sources.

Dr Yaseen has published scores of journal articles, and book chapters on student learning and education, with a special focus on Science education. She is currently involved in several international research projects and evaluations for a variety of agencies and government departments. Dr Yaseen has lectured in science and technology education, curriculum design, teaching methods, and educational psychology at UTS in Australia and Bogazici University in Türkiye.

Dr Yaseen’s Publications

Exploring student-generated animations, combined with a representational pedagogy, as a tool for learning in chemistry.


Using student-generated animations: The challenge of dynamic chemical models in states of matter and the invisibility of the particles.


Student-generated animations and the teaching and learning of chemistry.


A comparison between elementary school students’ mental models and visualizations in textbooks for the concept of atom.