Year 
Name 
Title of Dissertation 
Supervisors 
2017 
Galia ZerKavod 
Designing and testing an Adapted Primary Literaturebased technologyenhanced environment for learning and instruction of scientific writing in highschool biology 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2016 
Avital ElbaumCohen 
Characteristics of Teaching and Learning in Courses for reading Mathematical Texts for Advanced Math High School Students
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Abraham Arcavi 
2016 
Lena Rabad 
Designing a Systems Thinking Hierarchical model for Biology Education (STHBE) and implementing it in the teaching and learning of the human transport system in junior high school 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2016 
Jason Cooper 
Mathematicians and Primary School Teachers Learning From Each Other
*Incumbent of the Elchanan E. Bondi Memorial Prize for outstanding PhD students. 
Prof. Abraham Arcavi 
2015 
Tom Bielik 
Characterizing the Teaching and Learning of Inquiry in the BioTech Program for High School Biotechnology Majors 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2014 
Zehorit Kapach 
From Traditional Laboratory to InquiryBased Laboratory in HighSchool Physics Instruction: Professional Development of Teachers 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon, Dr. Esther Bagno 
2014 
Giora Alexandron 
Issues in learning the language of LSC and scenariobased programming 
Prof. David Harel and Prof. Michal Armoni 
2014 
Rahela Alfasi 
Readiness for Abstract Science 
Dr. David Fortus 
2014 
Zvi Arica 
“Physics & Industry”: Development and Study of a Model for Promoting Excellence among UnderAchieving Students 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2014 
Fatima Hallak 
Robotics in Computer Science Education 
Prof. Mordechai BenAri and Prof. Michal Armoni 
2014 
Elon Langbeheim 
“Soft and messy matter” – development and evaluation of a curriculum for high school students on an interdisciplinary and contemporary field of science 
Prof. Samuel A. Safran, Prof. Edit Yerushalmi 
2014 
Awad Sharaf 

Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2014 
Rivka Taub 
Problemsolving strategies in a course on computational science 
Prof. Mordechai BenAri, Prof. Michal Armoni 
2013 
Ronit Rozenszajn 
Exposing explicit and implicit dimensions of biology teachers’ professional knowledge in the course of a longterm professional development program
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2013 
Shai Olsher 
Changes in the textbook performed by teachers using a Wikibook 
Prof. Ruhama Even 
2013 
Menashe Puterkovsky 
Knowledge integration processes and Development of Conceptual Understanding within WebBased Diagnostic Activities Focused on Common Alternative Conceptions in Introductory Physics 
Prof. Edit Yerushalmi and Dr. Esther Bagno 
2012 
Dana VedderWeiss 
Characterizing environmental factors that are associated with adolescents’ motivation to learn science in and out of school 
Dr. David Fortus 
2012 
Dvora Katchevich 
The inquirybased chemistry laboratory as a vehicle for the enhancement of argumentation and metacognitive skills. 
Prof. Avi Hofstein, Dr. Rachel MamlokNaaman 
2012 
Orna Fallik 
A Model for Bridging the Gap between an AfterSchool Program and the ScienceTechnology Program in Middle Schools 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon and Dr. Sherman Rosenfeld 
2011 
Michal Ayalon 
Argumentation and school mathematics
*Incumbent of the Feinberg Graduate School, Dean’s Prize for outstanding PhD students 
Prof. Ruhama Even 
2011 
Orly Gottlib 
Teachers’ Responsiveness to Students’ Utterances in Mathematical Context 
Prof. Ruhama Even 
2011 
Malka Yayon 
Development and validation of a tool for diagnosing conceptual knowledge of chemical bonding 
Dr. David Fortus, Dr. Rachel MamlokNaaman 
2010 
Osnat Eldar 
Collaborative Diagnosis of Scientific and Pedagogical Conceptions: An Instructional Model for Teaching Optics To Preservice Science Teachers 
Prof BatSheva EylonProf Miky Ronen 
2010 
Hagit Yarden 
Learning and teaching biotechnological methods using interactive animations 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2010 
Iyad Dkeidek 
Inquiry in the chemistry laboratory: The case of Palestinian population 
Prof. Avi Hofstein, Dr. Rachel MamlokNaaman 
2010 
Michal Stolarsky BenNun 
Learning and teaching molecular genetics in TeacherLed Outreach Laboratories (TLOL)
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2010 
Daphna Mandler 
Chemistry in an Environmental Context: Research into a ContextBased Learning Approach 
Prof. Avi Hofstein, Dr. Rachel MamlokNaaman 
2010 
Naomi Robinson 
Lesson Study as a Springboard for the Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers 
Prof. Roza Leikin 
2009 
Hadas Gelbart 
Bringing authentic research to the biology classroom: The influence of a webbased research simulation in bioinformatics on comprehension of genetics
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Anat Yarden 
2009 
Liora Bialer 
Teacher Evidences on the Instruction of Learning Skills for Science as a Basis for Continuous Professional Development 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon, Dr. Zahava Scherz 
2009 
Shulamit Kapon 
Public lectures by scientists on contemporary physics topics: Characterizing explanations, instructional use, and a study of learning
*Incumbent of the Feinberg Graduate School, Dean’s Prize for outstanding PhD students 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon, Prof. Uri Ganiel 
2009 
Rachel Cohen 
Examining the practical aspects of implementing the living cell topic as a longitudinal axis in junior – high schools 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2009 
Dr. Hedda Falk 
Characterizing and scaffolding the enactment of adapted primary literature based highschool biology curricula 
Prof. Anat Yarden 
2009 
Tiruwork Mulat 
Components of Success in School Mathematics among Students of Ethiopian Origin (SEO)
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Abraham Arcavi 
2009 
Ronit BenBassat Levy 
Teaching Computer Science with Animation: Attitudes and Ways of Experiencing
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Mordechai BenAri 
2008 
Ayelet BaramTsabari 
What do students want to know about science? Using students’ questions to identify their scientific interests
*Incumbent of the Elchanan E. Bondi Memorial Prize for outstanding PhD students. 
Dr. Anat Yarden 
2008 
Tamar Eisenmann 
The same teacher, the same curriculum materials, different schools: What is the enacted curriculum?
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Ruhama Even 
2008 
Hana Berger 
An “EvidenceBased” Professional Development Program for Physics Teachers Focusing on Knowledge Integration 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon, Dr. Esther Bagno 
2007 
Roni Mualem 
Junior High School Physics: Developing, Implementing and Studying a Problem Solving Strategy for Qualitative Explanation of Phenomena 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2007 
Shay Sofer 
“Physics and Industry”: Project Based Learning Combined with Systematic Inventive Thinking for Students in the 11th12th grades 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2007 
Michal Tabach 
Learning Beginning Algebra in a Computer Intensive Environment (CIE)
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Abraham Arcavi,Dr. Rina hershkowitz 
2007 
Tami Levy Nahum ***** 
Teaching the concept of Chemical Bonding in highschool: Developing and implementing a new framework based on the analysis of misleading systemic factors 
Prof. Avi Hofstein,Dr. Rachel MamlokNaaman 
2007 
Mira Kipnis 
Learning chemistry by the inquiry method in high schools in Israel
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Avi Hofstein 
2007 
Marcel Frailich 
Implementation and Evaluation of WebBased Learning Activities on Bonding and the Structure of Matter for 10th Grade Chemistry 
Prof. Avi Hofstein, Dr. Miri Kesner 
2006 
Yossi Gudovitch 
Integration of Distance Learning as Part of High School Earth Sciences Curriculum 
Prof. Nir Orion 
2005 
Tova Kvatinsky 
Practice of probability teaching: A comparative analysis of teaching probability in classes of different levels 
Prof. Ruhama Even 
2005 
Tali Wallach 
Teachers’ Hearing and interpretation of students’ talk and action while they engage in mathematics problem solving
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Ruhama Even 
2004 
Esther Kapulnik 
Characterization of Change Process Occurred in Science and Technology’s Teachers, During and After Long Inservice Training Programs 
Prof. Nir Orion,Prof. Uri Ganiel 
2004 
Noa Ragonis 
Teaching Object Oriented Programming to Novices
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Mordechai BenAri 
2004 
Ornit SpektorLevy 
High Order Learning Skills in Science Studies: Development of an Instructional Model and Research on Implementation and Students’ Learning
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon,Dr. Zahava Scherz 
2004 
Yael Shwartz 
Chemical literacy: Defining it with teachers and assessing its expression at the highschool level
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Avi Hofstein,Dr. Ruth BenZvi 
2004 
Cecile Yehezkel 
A Visualization Environment for Computer Architecture 
Prof. Mordechai BenAri, Prof. Tommy Dreyfus 
2003 
Orit Ben Tzvi Assaraf 
The Influence of Learning Earth Systems studies on the Development of Systems’ Thinking Skills in Junior High School Students 
Prof. Nir Orion,Prof. Daniel Ronen 
2003 
Yifat BenDavid Kolikant 
Understanding concurrency: the process and the product
*Incumbent of the Almonit Prize for Outstanding Student
*Incumbent of the Gad Reshef Memorial Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Mordechai BenAri 
2002 
Miriam Carmi 
Assessing the change process of high school chemistry teachers during and after participating in a leadership program
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Avi Hofstein,Dr. Ruth BenZvi 
2002 
Hannah Margel 
Learning about “materials” in junior high school: development of curriculum materials, and a longitudinal study of students’ conceptions
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon,Dr. Zahava Scherz 
2001 
Dani BenZvi 
Children as explorers: exploratory data analysis by junior high school students in a computer assisted environment
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Abraham Arcavi,Dr. Alex Friedlander 
2001 
Dvora Cohen 
The development, implementation, and assessment of the learning module “Brain, medicines, and drugs” in high schools in Israel 
Dr. Ruth BenZvi,Prof. Avi Hofstein, Prof. Rami Rahamimoff(Hebrew Univ., Medical School) 
2001 
Dorothy Langley 
Integrating inquiry activities into physics instruction in a computerbased information technology environment
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2000 
Edit Yerushalmi 
Promoting selfmonitoring in physics problemsolving: Professional development through a “cooperative teachers’ inquiry” workshop
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2000 
Jeff Dodick 
Cognitive Factors Affecting Student Understanding of Geologic Time 
Prof. Nir Orion,Prof. Steve Weiner 
2000 
Jakob Helfmann 
Systematic inventive thinking in junior high school study of science and technology: development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative approach to problemsolving 
Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
2000 
Yael Kali 
The rockcycle program as a means for fostering thinking skills: development, implementation and research
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Nir Orion,Prof. BatSheva Eylon 
1999 
Bruria Haberman 
Abstract Data Types as tools for Knowledge Representation and Problem Solving in a Prolog Environment
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Ehud Shapiro,Dr. Zahava Scherz 
1999 
Clarisa Bercovich Guelman 
“Chaos” – a new elective subject for high school physics student: development, implementation and evaluation 
Prof. Uri Ganiel,Prof. Vered RumKeidar 
1998 
Jacob Ronkin 
Interaction of light and matter – development, implementation and evaluation of new curricular unit for high_school chemistry students
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Ruth BenZvi,Prof. Ron Naaman,Advisor: Dr. Avi Hofstein 
1996 
Miri Kesner 
Development, implementation and evaluation of different strategies of teaching industrial chemisry. Case studies in Israeli high schools
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Ruth BenZvi,Dr. Avi Hofstein 
1994 
Esther BagnoGleichmann 
MAOF – Interdomain organization of knowledge: design, implementation and evaluation of instructional units for high school
*Incumbent of the Orly Kaplan Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. BatSheva Eylon,Prof. Uri Ganiel 
1990 
Nir Orion 
Educational Field Trips in High School Geology: DevelopmentImplementationEvaluation 
Prof. Emanuel Mazor,Dr. Avi Hofstein 
1989 
Baruch Schwarz 
The Use of Microworld to Improve Ninth Graders Concept Image of a Function: the Triple Representation Model Curriculum 
Prof. Maxim Bruckheimer,Prof. Tommy Dreyfus 
1987 
Ita Cohen 
Various Strategies for the Teaching of the Topics of Chemical Energy and Chemical Equilibrium Development, Implementation and Evaluation 
Prof. Maxim Bruckheimer,Dr. Ruth BenZvi 
1987 
Yehudit Dori 
The Development,Implementation and Evaluation of a Chemistry Curriculum for Nursing Schools in Israel 
Prof. David Samuel,Dr. Avi Hofstein 
1987 
Zvia Markovits 
Estimation – Research and Curriculum Development 
Prof. Maxim Bruckheimer,Rina Hershkowitz 
1986 
Ilana Hopfeld 
“Molecules and Cells of the Immune System” – An Interdisciplinary Teaching Unit in Chemistry and Biology – Development, Implementation and Evaluation
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Avi Hofstein,Prof. David Samuel,Prof. Michael Feldman 
1986 
Michaela Ronen 
Physics in Medical Diagnosis׃ a New Physics Unit for High Schools Development,Implementation and Evaluation
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Uri Ganiel 
1985 
Abraham Arcavi 
History of Mathematics as a Component of Mathematics Teachers Background 
Prof. Maxim Bruckheimer,Dr. Ruth BenZvi 
1984 
Nurit Zehavi 
Investigation of the Effect of Assignment Projects on Mathematical Activity of Graduating Junior High School Students
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Maxim Bruckheimer,Dr. Ruth BenZvi 
1983 
Hanna Arzi 
Proactive and Retroactive Effects of Courses in Sequential Physical Science Learning:a Longitudinal Evaluation
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Dr. Ruth BenZvi,Prof. Uri Ganiel 
1982 
Joshua Idar 
Physics Teaching In Ninth Grade: Identification of Learning Difficulties, Development of A Remedial Teaching Method, Its Implementation And Assessment
*Incumbent of the Keren BarNer Prize for Outstanding Student 
Prof. Uri Ganiel 
1980 
Nechemia Nae 
Chemical Industry In Israel: A New Chemistry Unit For High Schools – Development, Implementation And Evaluation 
Prof. David Samuel,Dr. Avi Hofstein 
1979 
Peter Pezaro 
A Geochemistry Curriculum For High School Chemistry Students 
Prof. Emanuel Mazor,Prof. David Samuel 
1975 
Avi Hofstein 
The Measurement of the Educational Effectiveness of Laboratory Work in High School Chemistry in Israel 
Prof. David Samuel,Prof. R.F. Kempa(Univ. of Keele, U. K.) 