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Communicating the process of science — a video-based transfer tool designed for secondary school students

Knowledge transfer of new scientific findings to society is becoming increasingly important. However, it is often difficult, especially for students, to understand and classify these. One reason for this is that the presentation of scientific findings often focuses exclusively on the research results without explaining the associated research process. This is problematic because it does not give students any insights into the scientific ways of thinking and working.

The aim of this interdisciplinary joint project is to develop a video-based transfer tool, which, together with the research findings, will provide insights into the scientific research process. In this way, students should be enabled to interpret and classify scientific results. The transfer tool will be prototypically tested with secondary school students (Grade 10).

To achieve this goal, the project integrates expertise from the natural and social sciences as well as from educational science. VideT is a joint project of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel in cooperation with Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen, and Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The IPN sub-project "Learning formats for scientific inquiry" (in cooperation with Leibniz University Hannover) evaluates the extent to which the transfer tool promotes students’ scientific reasoning skills and their ability to evaluate scientific findings, taking the ambiguity tolerance in different learning formats into account.