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Harms, Ute

Ute Harms

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.


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


1995 2nd German State Examination (Master's level) for Upper Secondary level teaching in Biology and German
1993 - 1995 Student teacher at the Studienseminar Stade (Lower-Saxony, Germany)
1993 Research at the Institut de la Recherche Argonomique in Clermont-Ferrand (France)
1993 PhD in Botany / Cell Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
1982 - 1989 Study of Biology and German for Upper Secondary level teaching at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel; 1st German State Examination (degree level)

Professional Activity

2011 - 2013 Guest professor at ISV-Department of Social and Welfare Studies Linköping University (Sweden)
2007 - present at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) as Head of the Department of Biology Education and Professor (W3) for Biology Education at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
2006 - 2007 Chair (W3) in Biology Education at the University of 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
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 - 1999 Research Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Department of Biology Education and occupation as Biology Teacher at the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Kiel
1990 - 1993 Research Scientist at Botanical Institute at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel

Research Interests

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

Current Projects

BioTeC: Structure, Development, and Meaning of Biology Teachers' Professional Competence
The IPN-Energy-Project – Biology I
The IPN-Energy-Project – Biology II
EvoVis: Challenging Threshold Concepts in Life Science - enhancing understanding of evolution by visualization (Swedish Research Council)
IBOint: Research on the International Biology Olympiad
KeiLa: Professional knowledge development of pre-service mathematics and science teachers (WGL-SAW)
KiL: Measuring professional competence of pre-service science and mathematics teachers (WGL-SAW)
ManKobE: “Mathematics and Science Competencies in Vocational Education and Training” (WGL-SAW)
WinnerS: Effects of science competitions for students

Selected Publications

Paulick, I., Großschedl, J., Harms, U., & Möller, J. (2016). Preservice teachers‘ professional knowledge and its relation to academic self-concept. Journal of Tea-cher 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, 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
Großschedl, J., Harms, U. Kleickmann T., &Glowinski, I. (2015). Preservice biology teachers' professional knowledge : Structure and learning opportunities. Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE), 26(3), 291-318. doi:10.1007/s10972-015-9423-6
Opitz, S., Harms, U., Neumann, K., Kowalzik, K., Frank, A. (2015). Students' Energy Concepts at the Transition between Primary and Secondary School. Research in Science Education (RISE), 45(5), 691-715. doi: 10.1007/s11165-014-9444-8

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