Dr. Dina Tsybulsky

Short Biography

Dr. Dina Tsybulsky is an Assistant Professor and head of the Biology Education research group in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Tsybulsky serves at the NARST Association as a member of the Program Committee and as a co-chair of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science research strand. In Israel, Dr. Tsybulsky serves as a member on a number of committees and as a co-chair of the Israeli Biology Education Research Forum.  Currently, she is a PI of the research grant of the Israeli Science Foundation. Dr. Tsybulsky’s research interests include: inquiry-based biology learning; nature of science and scientific practices; pre- and in-service teachers’ worldviews, beliefs and attitudes.

Personal page on the faculty website
List of publications
Professional Social Networks

Membership in Professional Societies

  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching –  NARST
  • European Science Education Research Association –   ESERA
  • American Educational Research Association – AERA
  • International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group –  IHPST
  • The Association for Science Teacher Education – ASTE
  • European Researchers in Didactics of Biology  – ERIDOB  
Technion Activities (2018-present)
  • Head of the Biology Education Track
  • Faculty Representative in the Council of the Faculty of Biology
Public Professional Activities
  • Editor

2017 – ‘Digital Tools and Solutions for Inquiry-based STEM Learning’, IGI Global, USA

2017 – ‘Optimizing STEM Education with Advanced ICTs and Simulations’, IGI Global, USA

  • Member of Editorial Boards

2017-present – ‘Scientific Notes of the Ukrainian Small Academy of Sciences’, Kiev, Ukraine

2017-present – ‘Frontiers in STEM Education’, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Reviewer (ad-hoc)

Journals: Journal of Research in Science Teaching; Science and Education; Journal of Information, Communication and Society;  International Journal of Science in Society; Frontiers in Digital Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Journal of Research on Technology in Education

Books: Kampourakis, K. and Reiss, M.J. (Eds). Teaching Biology in Schools. New York: Routledge.

Chapters in Books: McComas, W. (Ed). The Nature of Science in Science Education-Rationales & Strategies, 2019, Springer; Kennedy, E. and Qian, Y. (Eds). Advancing Educational Research with Emerging Technology. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Conferences: International Conference on Science in Society 2013; International Conference on Information Systems 2015; AERA2018;  NARST2018; NARST2019; AERA2019; Informing Science & IT Education InSITE2019; The 7th International Conference on Teacher Education 2019; NARST2020; Chaise2020

  • Member of International Committees

2018-present – Member of Program Commute, Co-chair Strand Coordinator (Strand 13: History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Nature of Science), National Association of Research in Science Teaching [NARST]

  • Member of National Committees

2019-present – Elected Member of the Expert Group, Chief Scientist Office, the Ministry of Education

2019-present – Co-Chair of the ‘Israeli Biology Education Research Forum’

2017-present – Member of Judge Committee, Recanati-Kop-Rashi Award for the Entrepreneur Teacher

2015-2017 – Member of ‘Active Learning in Teacher Training’ Committee, MOFET Institute

Fellowships, Awards and Honors
  • 2018 – present – Mandel Program Fellowship for Academic Leadership in Teacher Training, Mandel Leadership Institute
  • 2015-2017 – MOFET Institute Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research
  • 2011-2012 – Ministry of Education Fellowship for Leading Research in Education
  • 2010-2012 – Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship for Outstanding Women Doctoral Students, Rothschild Foundation
  • 2008-2010 – City of Jerusalem Research Fellowship for Graduate Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2004-2007 – Nature Parks and Galleries Fellowship for Museum Research
Teaching Experience

Technion (2018-present)

  • Inquiry Project in Biology Education
  • Developments in Biology Education
  • Science and Technology Education in Digital Society
  • Inquiry-based Science Learning
  • Nature of Science in High School
  • Methods for Biology Teaching

Tel Aviv University (2014-2018)

  • Inquiry-based Science Teaching in both Formal and Informal Learning Environments
  • Science Education in Digital Age
  • Learning Science by Inquiry in Digital Age
  • Paradigms in Science Education
  • Teaching Science in Networked Learning Environments

Additional Teaching Experience 

  • 2013-2018 – Lecturer and Pedagogical Instructor, Department of Science, Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel
  • 2013-2018 – Lecturer and Pedagogical Instructor, School of Education, Achva Academic College, Israel
  • 2012-2014 – Facilitator for senior teachers in ‘Teachers as Researchers’ professional development program, School of Education, Center of Teachers Professional Development, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2001-2012 – Teacher and Coordinator of Biology and Chemistry Education, High School Beit Ulpana, Israel
Graduate Students

M.Sc. Theses in Progress, Technion

  • Efrat Dayan – Personalized learning in biology education. Started: 2019. Expected graduation: October 2020. *In preparation for Ph.D. track
  • Nadine Atamly – Perceptions of pre-service science teachers’ about the nature of science and its teaching in a multicultural perspective. Started: 2019. Expected graduation: June 2021.
  • Ana Pshenichni – Mediating various aspects of nature of science in field trips in natural history museums. Started: 2019. Expected graduation: June 2021.
  • Arwa Ismail – Science teacher education in digital age. Started: 2019. Expected graduation: December 2021
  • Yoval Perez – The development of argumentation thinking among high school biology students engaged in crowdsourced science. Started: 2019. Expected graduation: December 2021.

Completed M.A Theses, Tel Aviv University

  • Erez Sinai – The development and implementation of Cyber Physical System in Science and Technology Education. Graduation: 2018. With primary supervisor Prof. Levin. Currently: High school teacher at Kvutzat Yavne High School.
  • Irena Kipnis – The worldview of leading technology teachers in the digital age. Graduation: 2018. With primary supervisor Prof. Levin. Currently: High school teacher at Golda Meir High School.
  • Natasha Darmoroz – Science teachers’ ontological and epistemological worldviews in context of the digital revolution. Graduation: 2018. With primary supervisor Prof. Levin. Currently: Science teacher at MOFET school.
  • Nitzan Koren – The study of self, social and professional identities of science teachers as a means of understanding the school reality in the digital age. Graduation: 2018. Currently: Instructional Designer at Kryon – Information Technology and Services, as well as research assistant in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Technion.
  • Eli Sudetsky – High-school students’ perceptions of smart artifacts. Graduation: 2019. With primary supervisor Prof. Levin.
  • Ornit Shani – An examination of the scientific and educational practices among science teachers as a means of understanding the reality of school in the digital age. Graduation: 2019. With primary supervisor Prof. Levin.

CONFERENCES

Keynote Talks in National Conferences

  • June 2016 – The model for studying the science teachers’ worldviews. MEITAL National Conference. Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
  • June 2017 -Digital tools and solutions for inquiry-based STEM learning. MEITAL National Conference. University of Haifa, Israel.

Invited Talks, Seminars, Panels and Symposia in National Conferences

  • January 2013 – The effect of educational field trips to university research labs on students’ understanding of the nature of science and attitudes towards science. Colloquium for Graduate Program for Science & Technology Education. Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.
  • February 2016 – Implementing an outreach model based on the ‘science as inquiry’ approach. Israeli Forum of Biology Education Researchers. Weizmann Institute, Rehovot.
  • June 2016 – Repertory-grid technique for studying teachers’ beliefs and worldviews. Colloquium for Postdoctoral Fellows. MOFET Institute, Tel Aviv.
  • June 2017 – Attention in the digital age: educational issues. Symposium “Learning in Digital Age”. Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
  • November 2017 – Teachers’ worldviews in the context of digital revolution. Symposium “Education in Digital Age”. MOFET Institute, Tel Aviv.
  • July 2019 – Science in digital society. Panel for Ariane de Rothschild Fellows. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem.
  • October 2019 – PBL and formative assessment in biology education. Seminar for Biology Faculty. Technion, Haifa.
  • December 2019 – Science education in the Digital Age. Colloquium for Graduate Program for Science & Technology Education. Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.

Seminars, Panels and Symposia in International Conferences

  • October 2015 – PBL in science education. Symposium: “Project-based learning at High Tech High”, High Tech High International, San Diego, California, USA.
  • April 2019 – NOS Learning and Authentic Science Research. Symposium “Enhancing Nature of Science (NOS) Instruction Through Research-Guided Practices”, NARST2019 Annual Conference. Baltimore, USA.
  • July 2019 – Learning aspects of the NOS through a variety of authentic science experiences: realities and potential. Panel “NOS teaching practices: realities and potential”, International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching [IHPST] Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Participation in Organizing Academic Conferences

Member of the Scientific Committee

  • October 2015 – National Conference of Culture of Project-based Learning in Teacher Training, Kaye College of Education, Israel.
  • May 2016 – National Conference of Culture of Project-based Learning in Teacher Training, Gordon College of Education, Israel.
  • September 2019 – The 15th Chais Conference for the Study of Innovation and Learning Technologies, Open University, Israel.

Session Chair 

  • October 2016 – National Conference of Culture of Project-based Learning in Teacher Training, Gordon College of Education, Israel.
  • October 2018 – Annual Conference of Postdoc Fellows in Teacher Education, MOFET Institute, Israel.
  • April 2019 – NARST2019 Annual Conference.  Baltimore, USA.
  • July 2019 – International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching [IHPST2019] Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Participation in Organizing Professional Conferences – In Israel

  • 2019-present – Co-organizing the meetings of the Israeli forum of Biology Education Researchers.
  • 2019-present – Organizing the annual Biology Teachers’ Conference at the Technion.

Contributed talks and posters 

  1. Tsybulsky (Tsybulskaya), D., Camhi, J. & Dodick, J. Enhancing guided museum tours by accessing and incorporating visitors’ entrance narratives. National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference [NARST]. Garden Grove, California, USA, April 2009. Oral presentation.
  2. Tsybulsky, D., Dodick, J. & Camhi, J. The effect of educational field trips to university research labs on students’ understanding of the nature of science and attitudes towards science. Annual Conference for Israeli Science Education Doctoral Students. Nir Etzion, Israel, May 2010. Oral presentation.
  3. Tsybulsky, D., Lazarevich, Y., Dodick, J. & Camhi, J. Changing attitudes towards science through educational field trips to professional research labs. Annual National Conference for Israeli High School Biology Teachers. Petach Tikva, Israel, June 2011. Poster presentation.
  4. Tsybulsky, D., Dodick, J. & Camhi, J. Educational field trips to university research labs to bring students to science and scientific research. Israeli Qualitative Research Annual Conference. Ben Gurion University, Israel, March 2012. Poster presentation.
  5. Tsybulsky (Tsybulskaya), D., Dodick, J. & Camhi, J. The effect of educational field trips to professional research labs on students’ understanding of NOS. NARST2012 Conference. Indianapolis, USA, April 2012. Oral presentation.
  6. Camhi, J., Dodick, J. & Tsybulsky (Tsybulskaya), D. An “open-campus museum” for sharing science with the public. International Conference on Science in Society. Berkeley, California, USA, April 2012. Oral presentation.
  7. Tsybulsky, D., Dodick, J. & Camhi, J. Design and implementation of field trips to university research labs. International Conference of the Outdoor Learning Environment [ICOLE]. Rehovot, Israel, February 2013. Poster presentation.
  8. Tsybulsky, D., Dodick, J. & Camhi, J. The effect of a ‘science as inquiry’ learning unit, based on visits to university research labs, on students’ attitudes towards science. AERA2013 Conference. San Francisco, USA, April 2013. Oral presentation.
  9. Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. The model for studying the science teachers’ worldviews. Annual Conference for Israeli Science Education Doctoral Students. Nir Etzion, Israel, September 2015. Oral presentation.
  10. Tsybulsky, D. PBL in science teacher training. National Conference ‘Culture of active learning in teacher training’. Tel Aviv, Israel, October 2015. Oral presentation.
  11. Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. Study of awareness about the digital revolution in contemporary school. Social Media in Academia: Research and Teaching Annual Conference. Voronet, Romania, November 2015. Oral presentation.
  12. Tsybulsky, D. Generalized SAMR model for inquiry-based science learning. Global Young Scientists Summit. Singapore, January 2016. Oral presentation.
  13. Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. (2016). SAMR framework for study technology integration in science education. New Perspectives in Science Education Conference. Florence, Italy, April 2016. Oral virtual presentation.
  14. Tsybulsky, D. & Oz, A. Pre-service science teachers’ views and attitudes towards PBL. National Conference ‘Culture of Active Learning in Teacher Training’. Haifa, Israel, February 2017. Oral presentation.
  15. Levin, I. & Tsybulsky, D. Scientific inquiry in digital age. New Perspectives in Science Education Conference. Florence, Italy, March 2017. Oral virtual presentation.
  16. Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. Inquiry-based science learning in digital age: rethinking the SAMR model. EDULEARN17 Conference. Barcelona, Spain, July 2017, Oral presentation.
  17. Tsybulsky, D. Design-based research as an approach to development, implementation and assessment of learning programs that integrate HPS. International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching [IHPST] Conference. Ankara, Turkey, July 2017. Oral presentation.
  18. Tsybulsky, D. The ‘science as inquiry’ approach to nature of science teaching ESERA 2017 Conference. Dublin, Ireland, August 2017. Oral presentation.
  19. Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. Worldviews of science teachers in the digital age. European Educational Research Association Conference [ECER]. Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2017. Oral presentation.
  20. Oz, A. & Tsybulsky, D. Student teachers and technology: yes in daily life, no in lesson plans. How can we alter this situation? International Conference on Knowledge and Education Technology [ICKET]. Moscow, Russia, August 2017. Oral presentation.
  21. Tsybulsky, D., Gateneo-Kalush, M., Abuganem, M. & Grobgeld, E. Project-based-learning: look at teacher trainees’ experiences. INTED18 Conference. Valencia, Spain, March 2018. Oral virtual presentation.
  22. Tsybulsky, D. & Muchnik-Rozanov, Y. Change in professional identity of teacher trainers in the process of guiding PBL in science class: multi-level analysis. INTED18 Conference. Valencia, Spain, March 2018. Oral virtual presentation.
  23. Ovtracht, Y. & Tsybulsky, D. Biology teachers’ views on the importance and means of incorporating field trips into their curriculum. New Perspectives in Science Education Conference. Florence, Italy, March 2018. Oral virtual presentation.
  24. Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. NGSS scientific practices in the digital age. NARST2018 Annual Conference. Atlanta, USA, April 2018.  Oral presentation.
  25. Tsybulsky, D., Dajczman, A. & Levin, I. Moving from realist to relativist worldview in the digital age. NARST2018 Annual Conference. Atlanta, USA, April 2018. Poster presentation.
  26. Avidov-Ungar, O. & Tsybulsky, D. Experiences of teachers in an online course on the PBL approach: the perception of the teacher’s role in the digital age. EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 2018. Oral presentation.
  27. Muchnik-Rozanov, Y. & Tsybulsky, D. Towards understanding the language of reflection. International Conference on Learning. Athens, Greece, July 2018. Oral presentation.
  28. Tsybulsky, D. Team-teaching in the science classroom: a study of student-teachers’ experiences. International Conference on Social Sciences. Athens, Greece, August 2018. Oral presentation.
  29. Tsybulsky, D. & Avdar, Y. What motivates citizens to activism in the context of monitoring butterflies? National Butterfly Monitoring Annual Conference. Ramat Hanadiv, Israel, August 2018. Oral presentation.
  30. Tsybulsky, D., Milner-Bolotin, M. & Chachashvili-Bolotin, S. STEM or S.T.E.M.? Challenging a traditional paradigm through innovative three step approach to STEM teacher education. 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation [ICERI]. Seville, Spain, November 2018. Oral virtual presentation.
  31. Shamir, G., Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. White-box thinking: evaluation of the computational thinking in elementary school. The 5th Conference of the Learning Sciences in Israel. Haifa, Israel, January 2019. Oral presentation.
  32. Tsybulsky, D. & Avidov-Ungar, O. Teachers’ perceptions on what it means to be a teacher in the digital age. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Las Vegas, NV, United States, March 2019. Oral presentation.
  33. Koren, N. & Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. Science teachers and technology – be aware or beware? New Perspectives in Science Education Conference. Florence, Italy, March 2019. Oral presentation.
  34. Tsybulsky, D., Gero, A. & Levin, I. Digital triad in science and technology education. NARST2019 Annual Conference. Baltimore, USA., April 2019. Oral presentation.
  35. Rozenzweig, H., Tsybulsky, D., & Levin, I. Autocorrelation analysis of teacher worldviews in the digital age. NARST2019 Annual Conference. Baltimore, USA, April 2019. Oral presentation.
  36. Muchnik-Rozanov, Y. & Tsybulsky, D. (2019). ‘I know what you mean’: Linguistic analysis of science student teachers’ reflective narrative. AERA2019 Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada, April 2019. Poster presentation.
  37. Milner-Bolotin, M., Tsybulsky, D. & Chachashvili-Bolotin, S. (2019). Breaking the boundaries: from innovation to practice in STEM teacher education. The 16th Jerusalem Conference in Canadian Studies. Jerusalem, Israel, May 2019. Oral presentation.
  38. Rosensweig, H., Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. (2019). Multidimensionality of the Nature of Emerging Technology. Society for Philosophy and Technology Biannual Conference. Texas, United States, May 2019. Oral presentation.
  39. Shamir, G., Tsybulsky, D. & Levin, I. (2019). Introducing computational thinking practices in learning science of elementary school. Proceedings of the Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference [InSite2019]. Jerusalem, Israel, June 2019. Oral presentation.
  40. Muchnik-Rozanova, Y. & Tsybulsky, D. (2019). What the future holds: the importance of future-oriented reflective narrative in pedagogical discourse. The 7th International Conference on Teacher Education. Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2019. Oral presentation.
  41. Tsybulsky, D. Science Teachers’ Worldviews in the Context of the Digital Revolution. The 7th International Conference on Teacher Education. Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2019. Poster presentation.
  42. Koren, N. & Tsybulsky, D. Teachers Identity Paints the Picture of Education in the Digital Age. The 7th International Conference on Teacher Education. Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2019. Oral presentation.
  43. Tsybulsky, D. Transformations and emerging implementations of scientific practices in the digital age. International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching [IHPST] Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2019. Oral presentation.
  44. Tsybulsky, D. & Muchnik-Rozanov, Y. What it takes to be a good science teacher? Project-based learning as an impetus for student-teachers’ professional growth. European Science Education Research Association [ESERA2019] Conference. Bologna, Italy, August 2019. Oral presentation.
  45. Tsybulsky, D. Digital curation for promoting personalized science learning. NARST2020 Annual Conference. Portland, USA, March 2020. Oral presentation.