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Petersen, Stefan

Stefan Petersen

Dr. rer. nat.
Physics Education


phone +49-(0)431-880-5120
address Olshausenstraße 62, D-24118 Kiel
room 233


2006 Doctorate in theoretical physics, Leibniz-University Hannover
2003 Diplom (Ger.) in physics, Kiel University
1998 - 2003 Studies in physics at Kiel University

Professional Activity

since 2006 Research scientist, IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
2004 - 2006 Doctoral fellow, Leibniz-University Hannover

Activity at the IPN

International Physics Olympiad (IPhO): Head of German Physics Olympiad and delegation leader at the IPhO. Member oft he IPhO advisory board (2008-2018). Secretary oft he World Federation of Physics Competitions (since 2012)
European Union Science (EUSO): Preparation of German team and leader at the international competition.

Research Interests

Development of effective supportive measures in competitions
Promotion of underrepresented groups in competitions
Analysis of competition tasks

Current Projects

International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
European Union Science (EUSO)

Selected Publications

Sorge, S., Kröger, J., Petersen, S. & Neumann, K. (2019). Structure and development of pre-service physics teachers' professional knowledge. International Journal of Science Education. 41, 7, S. 862-889. doi:10.1080/09500693.2017.1346326.
Petersen, S. & Wulff, P. (2017). The German Physics Olympiad—identifying and inspiring talents. European Journal of Physics, 38 (3). doi:10.1088/1361-6404/aa538f.
Petersen, S., Blankenburg, J., & Höffler, T. (2017). Challenging gifted students in science: The German Science Olympiads. in K. S. Taber, M. Sumida, & L. McClure (Eds.), Teaching gifted learners in STEM subjects: Developing talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S. 157-170). (Routledge Research in Achievement and Gifted Education). Abingdon: Routledge.
Petersen, S. & Cotter, M. A. (Eds.). (2015). Challenging interdisciplinary science experiments: Volume 2 - Tasks of the European Union Science Olympiads 2008- 2012. Münster [u.a.]: Waxmann.
Petersen, S. (2015). MINT-Schülerwettbewerbe - vielfältig fördern, Handlungsspielräume schaffen. In U. Marwege & J.H. Winter (Hrsg.), Lernchancen durch Wettbewerbe (S. 119-128). Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Publications in the research information system

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