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Harms, Ute

Ute Harms

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Biology Education


phone +49-(0)431-880-3129
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room 110


1995 Second State Examination in Biology and German, Kiel
1993 Doctorate in Botany/Cell Biology, Kiel University
1982 First State Examination in Biology and German, Kiel University
1982 - 1989 Studies in Biology and German (for Upper Secondary level teaching) at the University Kiel

Professional Activity

2011 - 2013 Guest professor, ISV-Department of Social and Welfare Studies Linköping University (Sweden)
since 2007 Head of Department Biology Education, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education and Full Professor of Biology Eduation at Kiel University
2006 - 2007 Chair (W3) in Biology Education at the University Bremen
2005 - 2006 Founding Director of the Teacher Education Centre at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2004 - 2006 Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2000 - 2006 Professor (C3) for Biology Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2000 Offer of a professorship at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen (declined)
1999 - 2000 Research Scientist at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Department Biology Education
1995 - 19999 Research Scientist, Department of Biology Education, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics and Biology Teacher at the Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Kiel
1993 Research at the Institut de la Recherche Argonomique in Clermont-Ferrand (France)
1993 - 1995 Trainee Teacher, Studienseminar Stade (Lower Saxony)
1990 - 1993 Research Scientist at Botanical Institute, Kiel University

Research Interests

Biological competencies in initial vocational training
Energy and biology education
Lesson concepts for biology education and interdisciplinary science education
Out-of-school learning environments
Teachers' professional competence

Current Projects

BioTeC: Structure, Development, and Meaning of Biology Teachers' Professional Competence
EnergyBio: Enhancing understanding of 'energy' by use of (multiple) representations
EvoPrime: Evolution in Elementary to Primary Education
EvoVis: Challenging Threshold concepts in Life Science - enhancing understanding of evolution by visualization
IBOint: Research on the International Biology Olympiad
KeiLa: The Development of professional competence in pre-service mathematics and science teacher education
WinnerS: Effects of science competitions for students
KiSOC: Kiel Science Outreach Campus

Selected Publications

Neubrand, C.,Borzikowsky, C., & Harms, U. (2016). Adaptive prompts for learning Evolution with worked examples - Highlighting the students between the "novices" and the "experts" in a classroom. International Journal of Environmental & Science Education (IJESE), 11(14), 6774-6795.
Opitz, S., Blankenstein, A., & Harms, U. (2016). Student Conceptions about Energy in Biological Contexts. Journal of Biological Education (JBE). doi:10.1080/00219266.2016.1257504
Paulick, I., Großschedl, J., Harms, U., & Möller, J. (2016). Preservice teachers‘ professional knowledge and its relation to academic self-concept. Journal of Teacher Education (JTE). doi:10.1177/0022487116639263
Gantner, S., Großschedl, J., Chakraverty, D., & Harms, U. (2016). Assessing what prospective laboratory assistants in biochemistry and cell biology know: Development and validation of the test instrument PROKLAS. Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training (ERVET), 8(3). doi:10.1186/s40461-016-0029-9
Wollenschläger, M., Hattie, J., Machts, N., Möller, J., & Harms, U. (2016). What makes rubrics effective in teacher-feedback. Transparency of learning goals is not enough. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 44-45, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.cedpsych.2015.11.003

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