Science education

Prof. Dr. Simone Abels, Head of Science Education 

In our everyday life we constantly encounter scientific phenomena. We are regularly confronted with new technologies or central problems, such as climate change and the energy revolution. A reflective examination of the modern world is not possible without a basic scientific literacy.

Accordingly, the aim of science education is to give students the opportunity to acquire skills and abilities that enable them to perceive phenomena in a targeted manner, to plan and conduct their own investigations and to draw conclusions from the results, i.e. to apply specialized knowledge in meaningful contexts in an appropriate manner. In the sense of "science for all", the aim is for all people to receive a basic education in science, regardless of whether they want to take up a scientific profession later on.
Both teaching and acquiring scientific skills and abilities often prove difficult. The challenge lies in the fact that each learner with different ideas, experiences and learning requirements takes part in the lessons. Teachers have to meet these requirements in suitable learning environments so that all students can learn successfully.

Science Education at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg is concerned with the above-mentioned challenge and conducts intensive research into ways of implementing successful science teaching.

On the one hand, the focus is on current scientific topics, such as the energy revolution or medicines in the environment, for which evidence-based learning offers are developed. This is intended to enable students to act sustainably in the sense of education for sustainable development.

On the other hand, the focus is on didactic approaches, e.g. research-based learning or service learning, which are researched for their inclusive potential. The question of how inclusive science education can be successful is a core question of the working group.