Gulsah Yildirim Kirbaci

Gulsah Yildirim Kirbaci

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Education

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


Gulsah Yildirim Kirbaci is a first-year PhD student at the School of Education, University of Adelaide. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Gulsah dedicated seven years to working as a science teacher in middle and secondary schools in Türkiye, where she witnessed firsthand the importance of fostering students' connection with nature and the environment. Inspired by her teaching experiences, Gulsah developed a deep passion for environmental education, which led her to start a PhD journey focused on investigating the impact of environmental education programs on students' nature connectedness.

Gulsah's research focuses on exploring the impact of environmental education programs in Australian schools on students' nature connectedness. Through a mixed method approach, her study aims to evaluate changes in students’ connection with nature over the course of a school year.

This research seeks to address critical gaps in understanding of effective strategies for fostering connectedness to nature among students. By analyzing both effective educational techniques and potential barriers, the study endeavors to contribute valuable insights into how schools can enhance students' relationship with the natural world.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2023 Science Teacher International Schools in Türkiye
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2023 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2020 - 2022 Akdeniz University Turkey M.S
    2009 - 2016 Boğaziçi University Turkey B.Sc
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Doğru, M., Çelik, M., & Kirbaci, G. Y. (2021). Science curriculum in Turkey from 21st century skills’ perspective. Socialinis ugdymas, 52(1), 42-48.
    DOI
    2021 Dogru, M., Yildirim Kirbaci, G., & Celik, M. (2021). An Analysis of Representation of Nature of Science in Science Textbooks. Socialinis ugdymas, 55(1), 85-97.

The University Adelaide Research Scholarship - 2023


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