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Harms, Ute

Ute Harms

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Biology Education


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


1995 Second State Examination in Biology and German, Stade
1993 Doctorate in Botany/Cell Biology, Kiel University
1989 First State Examination in Biology and German Language and Literature, Kiel University
1982 - 1989 Studies in Biology, German Language and Literature, Philosophy and Pedagogy, Kiel University

Professional Activity

2011 - 2013 Guest professor, ISV-Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University (Sweden)
since 2007 Head of Department Biology Education, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education and Full Professor of Biology Eduation, Kiel University
2006 - 2007 Chair (W3) for Biology Education, University of Bremen
2005 - 2006 Founding Director of the Teacher Education Centre, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2004 - 2006 Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2000 - 2006 Professor (C3) for Biology Education, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
2000 Offer of a Chair for Biology Education, Georg-August-University Göttingen (declined)
1999 - 2000 Research Scientist, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Department Biology Education
1995 - 1999 Research Scientist, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Department Biology Education, and Biology Teacher, Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Kiel
1993 Visiting Research Scientist, Institut de la Recherche Argonomique (INRA), Clermont-Ferrand (France)
1993 - 1995 Student Teacher, Studienseminar Stade (Lower Saxony)
1990 - 1993 Research Scientist, Kiel University, Botanical Institute

Research Interests

Teaching and Learning of core concepts in science
Development of reasoning and argumentation competences in science
Promotion and impact of professional competence of biology teachers
Extracurricular promotion of knowledge and interest in biology

Current Projects

EnergyBio: Enhancing understanding of 'energy' by use of (multiple) representations
EvoPrime: Evolution in Elementary to Primary Education
EvoVis: Challenging Threshold concepts in Life Science - enhancing understanding of evolution by visualization
IBOint: Research on the International Biology Olympiad
KeiLa: The Development of professional competence in pre-service mathematics and science teacher education
ProSim: Developing Procedural Professional Knowledge in a Simulated Classroom
ReNEW: Research Network on Energy Transitions: Bridging disciplines to address core challenges to Germany’s Energiewende
Tube: Knowledge and decision making on animal research
WinnerS: Effects of science competitions for students
WTimpact: Developing scientific knowledge in collaborative settings as a transfer tool: from knowledge transfer to knowledge exchange – Impact of the transfer tool on knowledge and scientifice literacy

Selected Publications

Garrecht, C., Eckhardt, M., Höffler, T., & Harms, U. (2020; online journal). Fostering students’ socioscientific decision-making: exploring the effectiveness of an environmen-tal science competition. Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research, 2, Article ar5, 1-16.
Fiedler, D., Sbeglia, G. C., Nehm, R. H., & Harms, U. (2019). How strongly does statistical reasoning influence knowledge and acceptance of evolution? Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), 56(9), 1183–1206.
Großschedl, J., Welter, V., & Harms, U. (2019). A new instrument for measuring pre-service biology teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge: The PCK-IBI. Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), 56(4), 402-439.
Harms, U., & Reiss, M. J. (2019). The present status of evolution education. In U. Harms & M. J. Reiss (Eds.). Evolution Education Re-considered (pp. 1-19). Basel: Springer Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-14698-6_1
Mittenzwei, D., Bruckermann, T., Nordine, J., & Harms, U. (2019). The energy concept and its relation to climate literacy. EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (EJMSTE), 15(6), Article em1703.

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