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Opitz, Sebastian

Sebastian Opitz

Biology Education


phone +49-(0)431-880-5117
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room Neufeldtstr., R123


2016 Doctorate in Biology Education, Kiel University
2011 First State Examination in Biology and English, Kiel University
2006 - 2011 Studies in Biology and English (for Upper Secondary level teaching), Kiel University (Germany) and University of Aberdeen, UK
2005 - 2006 Studies in Law at the University of Jena and Kiel University, Germany

Professional Activity

2017 - present Research Scientist, IPN - Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
2016 - 2017 Research Associate, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University
2011 - 2016 Research Scientist and Doctoral Candidate, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

Research Interests

Development of the energy concept in biological contexts

Current Projects

IBOint: Research on the International Biology Olympiad
WinnerS: Effects of science competitions for students

Selected Publications

Fortus, D., Kubsch, M., Bielik, T., Krajcik, J., Lehavi, Y., Neumann, K., Nordine, J., Opitz, S., & Touitou, I. (2019). Systems, transfer, and fields: Evaluating a new approach to energy instruction. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 56(10), 1341-1361.
Opitz, S., Neumann, K., Bernholt, S., & Harms, U. (2019). Students’ energy understanding across biology, chemistry, and physics contexts. Research in Science Education, 49(2), 521–541. doi:10.1007/s11165-017-9632-4
Bielik, T., Opitz, S., & Novak, A. M. (2018). Supporting students in building and using models: Development on the quality and complexity dimensions. Education Sciences, 8(3), 1-31. [149]. doi:10.3390/educsci8030149
Opitz, S., Blankenstein, A., Harms, U. (2017). Student Conceptions about Energy in Biological Contexts. Journal of Biological Education (JBE), 51(4), 427-440. doi:10.1080/00219266.2016.1257504
Opitz, S., Harms, U., Neumann, K., Kowalzik, K., Frank, A. (2015). Students‘ Energy Concepts at the Transition between Primary and Secondary School. Research in Science Education (RISE), 45(5), 691-715. doi 10.1007/s11165-014-9444-8

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