Demonstrators in the Institute of Education

We are delighted that this year we have a record number of six foreign students working as demonstrators in our research groups and our institute. In fact, some of these students are not the first to hold a demonstrator position.

Albert Lang Lehrman

Research Group for Innovation and Equality in Education

Esma Nur Kahveci

Research Group for Innovation and Equality in Education

Fatma Nur Barcin

Educational Institute and Program Development Research Group

Muhammad Zainur Rifai

Research Group for Innovation and Equality in Education

Anita Wijayanti

Higher Education and Innovation Research Group

Aisel Akhmedova

Higher Education and Innovation Research Group

We asked our enthusiastic demonstrators about their goals, motivation and experiences!

We wish all our foreign demonstrators and the research teams supporting them success for the coming year!

Esma Nur Kahveci

Esma Nur Kahveci has just started her second year of Educational Science - Education Technology MA program. She has won the demonstrator position for the second year running at Research Group For Innovation and Equality in Education.


What initially motivated you to become a demonstrator? Has this motivation changed since then?

Ever since I started my higher education, I wanted to take part in academia and work in this field. When I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree, I had the chance to co-teach at a university in the Czech Republic for 3 months with the Erasmus+ internship program and I had the chance to see once again that this is actually what I want to do for upcoming years for my career.         

When I started Eötvös Lorand University at Educational Science - Education Technology MA program, I was really excited when I saw the applications for the demonstrator. What I would gain from this experience (taking parts in research, joining classes with professors, being able to take part in professional events, etc.) was very meaningful to me, so I completed my application and fulfilled the necessary conditions.

What tasks do you perform in the research group?

During the year as a demonstrator, I have had several duties such as; I conducted a literature review for one of our professors and identified the references that might be relevant to potential research for her/him, ranking them according to the content of the paper. I also worked as a research assistant in the study of Creativity and self-beliefs in EFL writing with Eniko O. Bereczki. I prepared data for the SPSS program, ran and analyzed descriptive statistics for creative writing and self-belief analysis. During the online education process, I assisted professors with their classes.

What competences have you developed during this period?

In a year, I believe I have gained several new perspectives and skills (problem-solving, time management and teamwork, etc.) on academic life and research studies. This assistantship training, I believe, would be extremely beneficial to me in the future, both in my professional life and in my doctoral program.

What is your future goal for the demonstrator position?

I have applied for a demonstrator position in my department again for this year as well because I know that I will learn new things every year from each different works and researches and I would not want to miss such a chance. I personally believe that having 2 years of demonstrator experience when I graduate with my master's degree will help me to become a research/teaching assistant in my doctoral education, so I will continue my career in academia more smoothly and with full of experiences.

What would you tell others about why it is worth applying to become a demonstrator?

First and foremost, you should apply for this position if you want to see what's/how’s going on in academia, the experinces / challanges of working life, and also if you want to broaden your viewpoint and abilities by participating in various sorts of research. Working in this position will also help you communicate better with faculty members and establish new networks for your career. Finally, working in this role gives you the opportunity to apply for the Student Union demonstration scholarship in the second semester.


Anita Wijayanti

Anita Wijayanti has won the demonstrator position at Higher Education and Innovation Research Group.

What was your inner motivation to be a demonstrator at our Institute? Has this motivation changed since then?

My initial motivation to be a demonstrator was actually to explore my research interest and to get more familiar with this research group as I plan to apply for PhD. Later, my study plan changed but my motivation to learn stay the same and develop even more. As an international student, I did not want to waste the opportunity to get involved in research activities during my master’s study. For me, it is such a great opportunity to acquire knowledge and soft skills I might not get in the curricular courses, that are really important whether in education or in any work field in general. 

What is your future goal, you want to achieve with being demonstrator?

Having an opportunity as a demonstrator in research group really supports my future plan as an educator working in academia. It is highly relevant to get involved in a research environment, upgrade my research skills by working together and learning from the people with educational expertise. 

By which research group are you a demonstrator? What tasks do you perform in the research group?

I joined as a demonstrator in Higher Education and Innovation Research Group led by Dr. Gábor Halász. In this research group, basically a demonstrator help in organizing the English session meeting of all members with EDiTE PhD students and participate in the discussion as well. Additionally, I contribute to look through PhD students’ research plans and map out their research so all group members can figure out any possible cooperation or collaboration research among them. There is also possibility for a demonstrator to participate in a joint research opportunity with the PhD students or other research group members.

What competences have you developed during this period?

Being a demonstrator helps me a lot to develop communication, management, cooperation skills. More specifically, I can upgrade my time management skill as I am currently in my last year of study. Having a good time management is a must to handle thesis, internship, and my task as a demonstrator in research group all together.

What would you tell others about why it is worth applying to become a demonstrator?

If you have plan to become a demonstrator, don’t be hesitate to join. It is a great opportunity in your study life that you should experience at least once in a lifetime, especially if you intend to have first-hand experience in international academia. The top benefit you can get probably is gaining more insight and connection if you want to do collaborative research either in the present or future. In this research group, I can see that the professors and all group members are very supportive to each other in many things. Their feedback and support are always meaningful for me as a learner.