2014-2023: Research Oriented Bachelor Thesis with Nature of Science
Physics teacher students have the possibility to write their bachelor thesis in the domain of physics. In this case, a major goal is to deeply understand and present a physical topic. Such a domain specific bachelor thesis is usually the only learning opportunity during the entire teacher education for making extensive research experiences in physics. Besides teaching physics concepts, an important task for physics teachers is also to help pupils develop an adequate understanding of the nature of science. By connecting to a seminar about nature of science (NOS) the teacher students shall reflect on their research experiences and analyse them with regard to educational implications. This approach aims at a goal-oriented treatment of the research experiences in view of the professionalization as a physics teacher.
The project is carried out with funding from the Stifterverband.
Further Reading about Philosphy of Science and Nature of Science:
Chalmers, A. F. (2007). Wege der Wissenschaft. Einführung in die Wissenschaftstheorie. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.
Hacking, I. (1996). Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften. Reclam, Stuttgart.
Lederman, N. G., Abd‐El‐Khalick, F., Bell, R. L., & Schwartz, R. S. (2002). Views of nature of science questionnaire: Toward valid and meaningful assessment of learners’ conceptions of nature of science. Journal of research in science teaching, 39(6), 497-521.
Höttecke, D., & Rieß, F. (2015). Naturwissenschaftliches Experimentieren im Lichte der jüngeren Wissenschaftsforschung – Auf der Suche nach einem authentischen Experimentbegriff der Fachdidaktik. Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften, DOI 10.1007/s40573-015-0030-z.