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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

BriCSS: Bringing Climate Change to School - Theoretical Framing, Elaboration and Evaluation of Learning Opportunities for Climate Literacy
CLiF: Projects SaerbeckPLUS, EnergieweltenPLUS, BriCCS and Klub
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
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

Bruckermann, T., Fiedler, D., & Harms, U. (online first). Identifying precursory concepts in evolution during early childhood – a systematic literature review. Studies in Science Education, 1-43.
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.
Opitz, S. & Harms, U. (2020). Assessing High Performers in the Life Sciences: Characteristics of Exams used at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) and Their Implications for Life Science Education. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 19(4), ar55, 1-18.
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.

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