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IPN Doctoral Candidate awarded the Junior Prize for Chemistry and Physics Education

6. September 2016
IPN Doctoral Candidate awarded the Junior Prize for Chemistry and Physics Education

Dr. Janet Blankenburg at the GDCP meeting. Copyright: PH Zürich

Dr Janet Blankenburg accepted the Junior Prize of the Society for Chemistry and Physics Didactics (GDCP) today for her dissertation which she completed at the IPN. The GDCP prize distinguishes excellent dissertations or postdoctoral theses in the field of either chemistry or physics education. The prize is endowed with €1000 and Dr Blankenburg was presented with her prize at the GDCP annual conference in Zurich.

Dr Blankenburg’s topic focussed on scholarships for promoting outstanding students in the context of student competitions. These competitions play an important role in natural science education and for individual student development. She developed and evaluated a natural science project day to introduce student competitions to sixth grade students.

Additionally, Janet Blankenburg developed a so-called cross-classified model which analyses the relevancy of combining scientific activities within different contexts in a way that the activities can be empirically measured. The findings revealed that students had a keen interest in practical and questing activities. On the other hand, the findings also revealed that girls were interested in artistic and creative activities with a biology focus.

Since completing her dissertation, Dr Blankenburg has remained true to her focus on scholarships for promoting outstanding students. She is presently in charge of the MINT program of the Louisenlund foundation that promotes talented students in the natural sciences.

Further Information:
Fostering today what is needed tomorrow: Investigating students’ interest in science.
Science Education, 100, 364-391. 10.1002/sce.21204

http://www.plus-mint.de/programm/internate/louisenlund