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Beat A. Schwendimann

Biology Education


phone +49-(0)431-880-3113
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room 108


2011 Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education, University of California, Berkeley,Graduate School of Education (USA)
2008 Master of Arts in Education, University of California, Berkeley,Graduate School of Education (USA)
2005 Master of advanced studies in secondary and higher education (Teaching certificate), ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
2001 Master of Science (biology) (Dipl. Natw. ETH in Biologie), ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
1995 - 2005 Studies in Biology, ETH Zurich

Professional Activity

since 2016 ResearchScientist, IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
since 2014 Research scientist, ETH Lausanne (EPFL)
2011 - 2013 Research scientist, University of Sydney
2003 - 2006 Biology-Teacher, AKAD College, Zürich

Research Interests

Learning and teaching in biology
International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
Knwoledge visualizations
Learning technologies

Current Projects

IBOint: Research on the International Biology Olympiad
WinnerS: Wirkungen naturwissenschaftlicher Schülerwettbewerbe

Selected Publications

Schwendimann, B. A., & Linn, M. C. (2016). Comparing two forms of concept map critique activities to facilitate knowledge integration processes in evolution education. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(1), 70-94. doi:10.1002/tea.2124
Schwendimann, B. A., Rodriguez-Triana, M. J., Vozniuk, A., Prieto Santos, L. P., Shirvani Boroujeni, M., Holzer, A., Gillet, D., & Dillenbourg, P. (2016). Perceiving learning at a glance: A systematic literature review of learning dashboard research. IEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. doi:10.1109/TLT.2016.2599522
Schwendimann, B.A. (2016). Distinguishing knowledge integration gains in evolution education through concept map network analysis. In Proceedings of the 7th international concept mapping conference.
Schwendimann, B. A. (2015). Concept maps as versatile tools to integrate complex ideas: From kindergarten to higher and professional education. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: Special Issue on Novakian Concept Mapping in University and Professional Education, 7(1), 73-99.
Schwendimann, B. A., Cattaneo, A. A. P., Dehler Zuffrey, J., Gurtner, J. -L., Bétrancourt, M., & Dillenbourg, P. (2015). The 'Erfahrraum': A pedagogical model for designing educational technologies in dual vocational systems. Journal of Vocational Education and Training (JVET), 67(3), 367-396. doi:10.1080/13636820.2015.1061041.