Influential factors for independent Experimenting
Experimenting is a key function when acquiring scientific knowledge acquisition. It is used, among other things, for testing scientific theories and generating knowledge. Consequently, the educational standards for the intermediate exam in physics at secondary school level require that students can plan, carry out and evaluate experiments independently. However, reality tells a different story: students frequently experience problems when systematically experimenting and working strategically. A majority of the students are not in the position to carry out experiments independently without the help of teacher support.
Lina Boyer’s thesis received the IPN prize for excellent empirical Master theses in 2015. Her focus was on potential personal factors that influence the ability to experiment independently.