Hayat Hokayem, Ph.D.

Hayat Hokayem, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Program Area: Science Education

(817) 257-4354  |  h.hokayem@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Hokayem’s research interests stem from her commitment to understanding when, how, and why students learn. Therefore, she has conducted research using the cognitive and socio-cultural theoretical framework in order to understand how students learn science content, and to shed light on their views concerning major science theories. She is currently researching younger students’ reasoning of ecology, using the learning progression framework in order to identify students’ levels of understanding.


Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education
Michigan State University

Academic Areas

  • Biology
  • Science Education

Research Areas

  • Learning progressions
  • Influence of world on students’ construction of scientific knowledge
  • Modeling as an effective teaching practice

Selected Publications

  • Hokayem, H., & Schwarz, C. (in press). Engaging 5th graders in scientific modeling to learn about evaporation and condensation. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
  • Hokayem,H., Calabrese-Barton, A. & Tan, E. (2011). Participation in and transforming communities of practice. In S. J. Basu., A. Calabrese-Barton, & E.Tan (Eds). Democratic Science Teaching: Building the Expertise to Empower Low Income Minority Youth in Science. p. 55-72. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Baek, H., Schwarz, C., Chen, J.,Hokayem, H., & Zhan, L. (2011). Engaging elementary students in scientific modeling: The MoDeLS 5th grade approach and findings. In M. S. Khine & I. M. Saleh (Eds.), Models and modeling: Cognitive Tool for Scientific Enquiry. p. 195-218. New York: Springer.
  • Hokayem. H., & BouJaoude, S. (2008). College students’ perceptions of the theory of evolution. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 45, 395-419.
  • Hokayem, H. & BouJaoude, S. (2008). How College students in Lebanon perceive the theory of evolution. The Science Education Review, 7 (2),53-56.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • EDSC 70043: Science Education in a Global Community
  • EDSC70033: Science Inquiry and Nature of Science
  • EDEC 20013 Science for Elementary Teachers
  • EDEC30013: Creative Thinking Science for elementary pre-service teachers
  • EDEC MS40453: Methods of Teaching middle and secondary school science

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST).
  • Member of European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).
  • Member of Phi Beta Delta, MSU chapter.

Awards and Honors

  • Junior Faculty Summer Research program for Summer of 2013: $6000 received from Texas Christian University to work on investigating feedback loop reasoning of elementary.
  • Dissertation Completion Award Fellowship from Michigan State University for Summer 2012 from Teacher Education Department during Spring of 2012 ($4200).
  • Dissertation Research Funds Fellowship from the Teacher Education Department which supports dissertation research during the Fall of 2011 ($3000).
  • Research Enhancement Fellowship from graduate school which supports research expenses during the Fall of 2011. ($1000).
  • Summer Research fellowship from Michigan State University to support Graduate Student to work on my research project of Students’ reasoning about biodiversity during the Summer of 2010. ($6000).
  • Linking All Types of Teachers and International Community Experience (LATTICE) fellowship to support my research on investigating science leaning from a socio-cultural perspective during the Spring of 2008. ($1000)

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