Studies of biological anthropology, ethnology and history of art at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
since 2014 research associate at Deutsches Museum, Munich
since 2017 doctoral candidate Kiel Science Outreach Campus
Promoting “Energy Literacy” through an interactive exhibition
Energy is a central concept in school lessons, a frequent topic of science communication and relevant in numerous everyday situations. However, school-based learning is not always enough to turn pupils into decision-makers outside of school. As informal places of learning, museums can help to promote the necessary "energy literacy". The project investigates the cognitive and motivational learning processes that are stimulated by pupils while visiting an exhibition. It also deciphers how these processes relate to the exhibition design, previous knowledge and personal attitudes of the students. In particular, we will examine whether the exhibition supports pupils in assessing possible courses of action in the field of energy transformation and what role their knowledge of energy concepts plays in this context.
A literature search was carried out at the beginning of the doctoral project. Differentiated research questions were raised, the study design was developed and existing instruments for data collection were identified. One of the focal points is the comparison of the potential influences of previous knowledge on the physical energy concept and the existing evaluation competence on the interpretation of the socio-scientific topic of energy transition. Currently, we define the hypotheses and statistical analyses to be examined and develop a further instrument to assess the effect of the exhibition in relation to its (curatorial) objective. The pilot testing is scheduled for January 2018. Subsequently, we will begin the organization of the data collection planned for summer 2018.