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Science communication and enrichment

Research Line 4

Ilka Parchmann (spokesperson), Kerstin Kremer & Knut Neumann  

Science communication (Outreach, Public Understanding of Science, Responsible Research and Innovation) serves the purpose of supplementing the basic mathematics and science education that is obtained in school and generating an openness to research and technological development that is both critical and reflective. Extracurricular programs (enrichment, talent fostering) aim to specifically promote talented students and young academics. These extracurricular programs are necessary as regular instruction in mathematics and science increasingly focuses on forming a basic level of mathematical and scientific literacy and curricula focus on the use of knowledge and competencies to solve various everyday problems.

Empirical research on effective models for approaches to science communication and extracurricular programs has primarily focused on individual measures up until now and can therefore not be generalized to an interdisciplinary context. The question of whether this research area meets it objectives remains open as empirical findings so far have been inconclusive. The high investment being made in these areas, together with this field’s high relevance for society, clearly calls for more research in this field. This research area examines not only motivation and interest but also content- and process-related competencies. The results obtained will contribute to a better understanding of the interplay between extracurricular programs and form an empirically sound basis for the further development of such measures.

Research Line 4 focuses on the following topics:

  1. Science communication as a basis for improved scientific understanding
  2. Extracurricular talent fostering with a focus on student competitions