Studies in Mathematics and Biology for teaching (M.Ed., Gymnasium) at Kiel University
since 2016 doctoral candidate at Kiel Science Outreach Campus
Searching for resistance - Epistemic beliefs in connection with out-of-school learning
Epistemic beliefs are essential for dealing with the multitude of health-related information that we receive on a daily basis, i.e. individual ideas or theories about knowledge and the acquisition of knowledge. Research on epistemic beliefs helps us understand how individuals deal with conflicting and fragile information, evaluate new information and use results of health-related research to make personal decisions. In order to follow this approach and make science tangible, we are editing current interdisciplinary research between biology and medicine on cystic fibrosis and antibiotic resistance for an extracurricular project day.
The project day, including the preparatory lesson, was tested with four classes as part of the Darwin Week in November 2017. On this basis, the materials and the concept of the project day are currently being revised and the design for the main study prepared. The aim is to address the students’ ideas on the genesis of new knowledge in health research and to investigate the connection between the acquisition of knowledge and interest. In an intervention study the project day will be evaluated by comparing different treatments, and then be optimized. Finally, the materials will be made available on a digital platform for teachers.