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Research at the IPN

What mathematics and science skills are necessary nowadays? What should we have understood to perceive and evaluate developments in science and technology? Since everyone is equally affected by changes or advances in science and technology what should everyone know and be able to do? What do those wishing to work in these fields need to know? Where does the interest to engage in mathematical and scientific subjects at school, work or during leisure time come from? These are key questions that researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel investigate. This means the IPN researches the prerequisites, conditions, processes and results of mathematical and science education. It examines mathematics and science education processes across the lifespan taking consideration not only of the individual and their family environment but also study groups, institutions and education systems. The IPN’s research interest of school-related projects is dedicated partially to student aspects, but also to the professionalism of teachers, the quality of mathematics and science teaching, and the state of the education system.

In its nationwide and governmental capacity the IPN focuses on tasks and projects of particular interest to Germany’s state and federal government which the universities are unable to attend to.

The research of the IPN is structured by research lines. These research lines have theoretical and empirical overlapping and should therefore not be considered as strictly separate work areas.