Nalan Babür

Assist. Prof.
E-Mail: 
nalan.babur@boun.edu.tr
Office: 
ETA-B 404
Phone: 
0 212 359 6760
Education: 
Ph.D: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
Minor: Educational Psychology/Learning and Measurement Techniques
 
M.A: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Special Education/Behavioral Disorders
 
B.A: University of Ankara, Turkey
Psychology

 

Publications: 

Sonmez, E., Haznedar, B., Ercetin, G., & Babur, N. (in review). Learning how to spell in Turkish: Evidence from third graders.

Sonmez, E., Haznedar, B., Ercetin, G., & Babur, N. (in review). Investigating spelling skills in Turkish: Linguistic and cognitive processes.

Özata, H., Babur, N., & Haznedar, B. (2016). Phonological awareness in reading acquisition: Evidence from reading skills of Turkish-English successive bilingual children. In The acquisition of Turkish in childhood, B. Haznedar, N. Ketrez (Eds.), pp. 243-271, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Kartal, G., Babur, N., & Ercetin, G. (2016). Training for phonological awareness in an orthographically transparent language in two different modalities. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 32, 550-579.

Sakiz, H., Sart, H., Borkan, B., Korkmaz, B. & Babur, N. (2015). Quality of life of children with learning disabilities: A comparison of self-reports and proxy-reports, Journal of Learning Disabilities, 30(3), 114-126.

Özdemir, F., Haznedar, B., & Babür, N. (2012). The development of reading in early bilingualism: Evidences from Turkish-child L2 learners of English, Bogazici University Journal of Education, 29(1), 9-33.

Özata, H., Haznedar, B., & Babur, N. (May, 2011). The relation between reading acquisition and phonological awareness in bilingual children. 25. Proceedings of the National Turkish Linguistics Convention (pp. 172-183), Cukurova University, Adana.

Babür, N., Haznedar, B., Erçetin, G., Özerman, D., & Erdat-Çekerek, E. (2011). The development of word reading test in Turkish, Bogazici University Journal of Education, 28(2), 1-21.

Mather, N., Bos, C., & Babur, N. (2001). Perceptions and knowledge of pre-service and in-service teachers about early instruction, Journal of Learning Disabilities, 34 (5), 462-471.

Bos, C., Mather, N., Friedman, R., & Babur, N. (1999). Interactive, collaborative professional development in early literacy instruction: Supporting the balance, Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 14 (4), 227-238.

 

Talks / Presentations: 

Akdemir, G. Z., Babür, N., & Özel, S. (Nov. 8-10, 2017). Evaluation of reading comprehension performances of 5th graders (good and poor readers) in relation to informative science texts (Okuma güçlüğü çeken ve çekmeyen 5. Sınıf öğrencilerinin bilgilendirici metin türlerine dayalı okuduğunu anlama performanslarının değerlendirilmesi.) 27th Special Education National Congress with International participation, 19 Mayis University, Samsun.

Babür, N., Kartal, G., & Erçetin, G. (October, 2017). Phonological awareness training in two different preschool setting: Which training is more effective? (Okulöncesi Çocuklarda İki Farklı Eğitsel Ortamda Fonolojik Farkındalık Eğitimi: Hangisi Daha Etkili?) 5th Early Childhood Education International Congress, Gazi University, Ankara.

Sönmez, E., Haznedar, B., & Babür, N. (May, 13-14, 2016). The impact of phonological awareness and vocabulary knowledge on spelling (Fonolojik farkındalık ve sözcük bilgisinin yazma becerisi üzerindeki etkisi). Paper presented at the meeting of 30th National Linguistics Conference (30. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı), Dil ve Tarih- Coğrafya Fakültesi, Ankara

Akdemir, G., Babur, N., & Kaya, E. (April, 28-30, 2016). Reading scientific text for students with learning disabilities. Presentation, 7th World Conference on Psychology, Counseling, and Guidance (WCPCG-2016), Kusadasi, Izmir, Turkey.

Sönmez, E., Haznedar, B., & Babür, N. (April 28-30 April, 2016). Investigating spelling skills in Turkish: Linguistic and cognitive processes. Presentation, 7th World Conference on Psychology, Counseling, and Guidance (WCPCG-2016), Kusadasi, Izmir.

Babur, N. (April 13-16, 2016). Basic cognitive and linguistic variables in reading development: Phonological awareness, rapid naming, and working. Presentation, 26th Congress of National Child and Adolescence Psychiatry (26. Ulusal Çocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Kongresi), İzmir, Turkey.

Babur, N. Gulcan, E., & Haznedar, B. (November 7-8, 2015). Development of Turkish Reading Achievement Tests, Presentation, European Literacy Network Conference (ELN), Prague, Czech Republic.

Sönmez, E., Babür, N., & Haznedar, B. (May 21-22, 2015). An examination of spelling skills in Turkish: Cognitive and linguistic processing skills. Paper presented at the 29th National Linguistics Conference (29. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı), Kocaeli University, Kocaeli. Turkey.

Babür, N., Haznedar, B., & Sönmez, E. (Sept. 3-5, 2014). Learning how to spell. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL 17), Rouen, France

Özata, H., Haznedar, B., & Babür, N. (Sept. 3-5, 2014). Reading acquisition in early bilingualism: Evidence from reading skills of Turkish-English successive bilingual children. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL 17), Rouen, France.

Kartal, G., Babür, N., & Erçetin, G. (August, 25-27, 2014). Working on Phonological Awareness Skills: Young and Fast!” Paper presented at European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction, Special Interests Groups (EARLI SIG 5 Conference), Jyväskylä, Finland.

Haznedar, B., Babür, N., & Sönmez, E. (May 8-9, 2014). An evaluation of writing processes in Turkish. Paper presented at the meeting of the 28th National Linguistics Conference, (28. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı), Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey.

Kartal, G., Babur, N, & Ercetin, G. (April 3-7, 2014). First Steps: Training on the computer and in the classroom for phonological awareness. Round Table Discussion, “The power of education research for innovation in practice and policy.” American Educational Research Association (AERA), Annual Meeting 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Babür, N. (Feb. 24-25, 2014). Learning disabilities: Latest research findings and issues. Presentation, 27th Symposium on Child and Adolescence Psychiatry and Mental Health, Ankara Medical School, Ankara, Turkey.

Börkan, B., Sart, H., Babür, N., Ünlühisarcıklı, O., & Caner, A. (Sept. 8-11, 2013). Kaynaştırma yoluyla eğitim uygulamalarında ilkokul öğretmenlerinin eğitim ihtiyaçları, Paper presented at Istanbul 2013 World Congress of Psychological Counseling and Guidance, İstanbul.

Kartal, G., Babür, N., & Terziyan, T. (August 27-31, 2013). Phonological awareness training at the kindergarten and first grade level in Turkish: A preliminary study. Paper presentation, Responsible Teaching and Sustainable Learning, 15. Biennial EARLI Conference, Munich, Germany.

Babür, N., Haznedar, B., Özerman, D., Korfal, A., Erçetin, G., & Arslan, C. (May 5-7, 2011). A study on developing Corpus for pre-and primary school children in Turkish language. Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Linguistics, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey.

Özata, H., Haznedar, B., & Babür, N. (May 5-7, 2011). The relationship between phonological awareness and reading acquisition in bilingual Turkish children. Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Linguistics, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey.

Babur, N., & Kartal, G. (April 8-12, 2011). Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN), Phonological Awareness, and Early Reading Skills in a Transparent Orthography (Turkish), Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA). “Inciting the social imagination: Education research for the public good”. New Orleans, ABD.

Babur, N., Haznedar, B., Erdat-Çekerek, E., Ercetin, G., & Özerman, D. (June 14-18,, 2010).. Development of Turkish Word Reading Test (KOT)”. Paper presented at the meeting of XIV. World Congress on Comparative Education Societies, Istanbul, Turkey.

Babur, N. (Dec.10, 2009). Special Education in Turkey: Issues and Challenges. Paper presented at the Third Meeting of the International Consortium for Interdisciplinary Education about Health and the Environment. Cologne, Germany.

Babur, N., Haznedar, B., Erdat-Çekerek, E., Ercetin, G., & Özerman, D. (October 22-25, 2009). “Reading Difficulties in Turkish Children: Development of Tests of Word Reading (KOT)”. Paper presented at the meeting of 19th National Special Education Conference, Marmaris, Turkey.

Bakir, H., & Babur, N. (October 1-3, 2009). “Development of Turkish Tests of Rapid Naming (HOTI) and Preliminary Findings”. Paper presented at the meeting of 18th National Educational Sciences Conference. Seljuk, Izmir, Turkey.

Babur, N. (September 9-12, 2009). “Promoting Social and Emotional Competence in Children: CSEFEL Model II: Teaching Strategies for Social-Emotional Learning.” Workshop conducted at Second ENSEC Conference on Promoting Social-Emotional Competence: Practitioners and Researchers Exploring Evidence Based Practice, Izmir, Turkey.

Babur, N. (June 27-28, 2009). “Children with Hearing Impairment and Comorbidity”. Paper presented at the meeting of conference on Educational Systems for Children with Hearing Impairment. Association of Parents with Children with Hearing Impairment, Istanbul, Turkey.

Babur, N., Haznedar, B., Erdat-Çekerek, E., & Özerman, D. (April 30- May 1 2009). “Development of Word Reading Test (KOT) for Turkish Children with Reading Disabilities”. Paper presented at the meeting of 5th National Language and Speech Disorders Conference, Kuşadası, Aydın, Turkey.

Babur, N. (November 17-18, 2007). “Multiple Disabilities in Children with Hearing Impairment”. Paper presented at the meeting of conference on Educational Strategies for Children with Hearing Impairment, Turkish Chamber of Industry, Istanbul, Turkey.

Babur, N. (October, 2006). “Preschool Education in Turkey”. Paper presented at the meeting of International Week at Oslo: Window to the World, Oslo University College, Norway.

Babur, N. (June, 2004). “Relationship among RAN, linguistic, and cognitive abilities in early readers”. Poster presented at the meeting of Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Babur, N., & Bos, C. (November, 2000). “Investigation of the relationships among RAN, linguistic/cognitive skills and word reading.” Paper presented at the meeting of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Washington, D.C.

Bos., C., Mather, N., Babur, N., Rhein, D., & Sammons, J. (November, 1998). “Assessing phonological processing skills for early literacy intervention.” Poster presented at the meeting of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), San Francisco, CA.

Rhein, D., Babur, N., & Mather, N. (October, 1998). “Factors to consider in assessing phonological processing skills for reading.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Council for Educational Diagnostic Service (CEDS), Topical Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bos., C., Babur, N., Rhein, D., Sammons, J., & Silver-Pacuilla, H. (March, 1998). “Teaching early reading and spelling: What we know and can do.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference, Tucson, AZ.

 

 

 

Research Projects: 
Building Bridges: Promoting Social Inclusion and Wellbeing for Families of Children with Special Needs (PSIWELL)  - 2016-present
• EU funded Erasmus + Project
• Project partners: Romania, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Lithuania, Turkey,
• Project Team: Mine Göl-Güven, Nalan Babür
• The project aims to facilitate the social inclusion for parents of children with special needs through adult education and to raise the awareness rearding the specific needs of these families.
 
Factors influencing literacy acquisition in Turkish: A comparative study of reading acquisition in Turkish by monolingual and bilingual - 2016-present
• The Scientific & Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Project No. 115K023
• Project team: Belma Haznedar, Gulcan Ercetin, Nalan Babur
• The primary purpose of this study is to investigate the cognitive and linguistic variables that influence reading acquisition of Turkish in bilingual and monolingual primary school children.
 
COST Action IS 1401: Strengthening Europeans' Capabilities by Establishing the European Literacy Network2015-present
• COST Action, European Literacy Network
• Project partners: 22 European Union Countries ,
• Project Team: Belma Haznedar, Gülcan Erçetin, Nalan Babür (Turkey)
• The project aims to show benefits at the scientific, technological, and societal levels, some of which are highlighted below:
• provide a full understanding of literacy across Europe
• enhance scientific publications and innovations
• provide research based evidence for improving literacy education
• support standardization on collecting and encoding literacy data
• connect research on literacy with the literacy industries (e.g., journalism, web 2.0 based platforms, etc.)
• develop stronger links among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers
• make Europe a more inclusive society by ensuring that all its citizens can have tools to support their literacy practices independent of language, age, SES or disability
• provide means to empower the less developed countries to catch up with research and best practices
 
Turkish Adaptation of Standard Batteries of Woodcock – Johnson –III Tests of Cognitive and Achievement Abilities (WJ-III) (2-18 years) - 2012-2014
• Supported by Ministry of Education, EU funded project
• Project Director: Fusun Akkok,
• Team: Gulcan Ercetin, Belma Haznedar. Nalan Babur, Ferhunde Oktem, Said Uluc, Aydin Durgunoglu
• The primary aim of this project is to translate and adapt WJ-III for Turkish students in order to develop reliable and valid testing materials for special education population.
• The project targeted individuals from 2-18 years old.
 
Dyslexia and Additional Academic Language Learning – DYSLANG - 2012-2013
• EU funded project, Project Number: 518969-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-KA2-KA2MP
• Project team: Claire Ozel, Bilal Kirkici, Ozgur Erdur Baker (Middle East Technical University) and Nalan Babur (Bogazici University)
• The primary aim of this project is to develop and implement an e-learning course and best practice guide for teachers and parents to support the multilingual dyslexic individual in learning an additional curriculum language.
 
Developing an in-service training for inclusive classroom practices (DISTINC) - 2010-2013
• EU Comenius Multilateral Project, Project number: 510072-LLP-1-2010-TR-COMENIUS-CMP.
• Project partners: Bogazici University Lifelong Learning Center, Istanbul Provincial Directorate for National Education, Poland, Portugal, Belgium, and UK
• Project Team: Hande Sart, Nalan Babür, Bengü Borkan, Ayşe Caner, Özlem Ünlühisarcıklı
• Project aims to develop an in-service training program for primary school teachers to improve skills and knowledge on inclusive practices for children with special educational needs (learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviors)
 
Developing Computer Games to Promote Literacy Skills for Young Learners- 2009-2011
• Funded by Bogazici University Scientific Research Foundation (Project Number 09D201P).
• Project Director: Gunizi Kartal; Project Researchers: Nalan Babur, Aysegul Metindogan-Wise, and Ayse Gurel
• Project aims to promote early literacy skills among young learners by using computer games.
 
Providing Early Elementary Teachers with Preparation in Reading Instructional Methods - 2007-2009
• Funded by Bogazici University Scientific Research Foundation (Project Number 07HD101).
• Project Director: Ebru Mugaloglu; Project Researchers: Nalan Babur, Hande Sart, Falih Koksal, Sumru Aycan, and Sibel Tatar.
• Project aims to enhance teachers’ knowledge of students with academic difficulties and to provide support with classroom management strategies.
 
Development of Turkish Reading Achievement Tests for the Identification of Developmental Dyslexia among Turkish Children - 2005-2009
• Funded by Bogazici University Scientific Research Foundation (Project Number 05D101).
• Project Director: Nalan Babur ; Project Researchers: Belma Haznedar; Gulcan Ercetin
• Aim of the project was to develop reading achievement tests for the early diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia. It targeted children from 6-10 years old.
 

 

Theses Directed: 

Tosun, Duygu (present). Knowledge, perception and attitudes of elementary school teachers about teaching reading and writing in Turkish.

Orge, Semanur (present). An investigation of cognitive and linguistic variables underlying reading ability in Turkish: A comparison of poor and good readers.

Asik, Merve (2013). The relationship between math and reading ability in 1st grade children.

Abalofya, Bella (2008). Rapid Automatized Naming, in relation to the reading skills of second graders.

Bakır, Hande (2007). The reliability and validity study of Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) in Turkish children.