Welcome to the website of the research group biology education of the Universität Leipzig. We would like to invite you to explore our homepage for information about our team and the ongoing research projects.
One major aim of our research group is the pre-service teacher training which enables the students to acquire a degree in teaching biology at different school levels. Apart from that different research projects based on qualitative methods are conducted by our staff and in cooperation with different research facilities all over Germany.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our staff.

BiodigitaliS: Developing and exploring digitally organized learning in biology class.

The research group of biology education with its project “BiodigitaliS” will be sponsored by the confederation and federal states program “Qualitätsoffensive Lehrerbildung” from March 2020. “BiodigitaliS” aims at the improvement of the teaching program for biology education in terms of digital skills acquisition for teaching trainees and at the implementation of digital settings in the school internships. Measures will be evaluated and successively refined through accompanying studies. “BiodigitaliS” is part of the University of Leipzig and TU Dresden’s common project with the title “PraxisdigitaliS: Praxis digital gestalten in Sachsen” which will be sponsored with a voluminal from about 3 million Euro by the BMBF between 2020-2024. The scientific project management of the joint project rests with Prof. Dr. Sonja Ganguin (University of Leipzig) while the coordination will be taken on by the “Zentrum für Lehrerbildung und Schulforschung (ZLS)”.

You find further information here.

Biology Education for Future – Public Climate School at the University of Leipzig 2019

Between November 25th – 29th 2019 the group “Students for Future Leipzig” organized the “Public Climate School”, a week dealing with the climatic change and standing up with its numerous meetings for climate protection and informing about ways to contribute to it. Just like many other compartments of the University of Leipzig the Biology Education Group opened its sessions belonging to the module “Biology Education I” to contribute to the project. The training staff used their lectures to create space for students to engage with the topic of climatic change by besides discussing other themes they also talked about climate models which can give disclosure about possible consequences of the climatic change.

Leipzig's Biology Education Group participates in STEM-Project

The Biology Education Group is participating in the "Leipzig macht MINT" (engl. "Leipzig renders STEM") Project of the centre for teacher training and school research (ZLS) again this upcoming year. Once more interested pupils are invited to visit the Johannisallee 21-23. Fascinating workshops concerning topics like "An eagle owl isn't just an eagle owl and what can you find out from examining the pellet of an eagle owl" are awaiting the pupils there. Within the Workshops they are searching for the answers to the questions of …

1) why are Norwegian eagle owls in average bigger than Thuringian eagle owls,

2) and what does the pellet of barn-owls tell about their dieting habits?

We are excited for an exciting day with the pupils and extend a warm welcome to the Biology Education Group of the University of Leipzig.

Picture by © D. Binder, Univeristy of Leipzig

International Annual Conference of the GDCP and FDdB 09. -12.09.2019 in Vienna

Within the scope of the International Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik- GDCP (engl. Society for chemistry and Physics education) and the Fachsektion Didaktik der Biologie - FDdB in VBIO (engl. department for biology education) 2019 from September 09th - 12th, 2019 in Vienna the research group for biology education of the University of Leipzig participated in an interdisciplinary exchange about findings, experiences and goals of skills-based learning and teaching concerning the Topic of „Naturwissenschaftliche Kompetenzen in der Gesellschaft von morgen“ (engl. "Scientic-based skills in the society of tomorrow"). The research group appeared with multiple contributions overseen by Alexander Bergmann and chairholder Prof. Dr. Jörg Zabel, supported and lead by other group members.

The current contributions to dissertation and research projects of the Biology Education Group can be found in the section research.

12th Conference of european researchers in didactics of biology 02.07. - 06.07.2018 in Zaragoza (Spain)

researchers in didactics of biology met at University of Zaragoza (Spain) for the 12th Conference of european researchers in didactics of biology (ERIDOB). Our researchgroup were represented there with four talks. Two of them within the symposium „Thoughtfulness in Biology Education". Furthermore Prof. Dr. Jörg Zabel is a member of the academic commitee.

Here you can find more about our research-projects.

UNLEASH 2018 in Singapore - worldwide innovation lab

At a recent event in Singapore, 1000 talented young academics developed solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UNLEASH is a global innovation lab bringing together young talents from over 100 countries. From ay 30th until June 6th 2018, they worked together with experts to develop innovative solutions to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nominated by the Joachim Herz Stiftung, Judith Wiegelmann is currently in Singapore, developing solution strategies within the framework of the SDG 12 "Responsible Supply Chain and Production". Her team consists of 4 other members (from Singapore, USA and India). The goal of the team is to reduce the use of cash receipts, for example, when buying coffee from popular brands (such as Starbucks). After 5 days of exploring innovative possibilities, the team presented their proposed solutions in front of a panel of experts, investors and sponsors.

Thoughtfulness in Biology Education

How can teachers and researchers in science education promote a different teaching culture in science, and especially biology, beyond the short-sighted focus of “teaching-to-the-test”? During May 29th-31st ,2017, a group of teachers, researchers in science education, and interested students met for a seminar at the UCL Institute of Education in London. The project titled "Thoughtfulness in Biology Education" was organized by Ralph Levinson (Reader in Education). The Biology Education research group at University of Leipzig (Prof. Jörg Zabel and Alexander Bergmann) is part of the project team and is preparing the next meeting for October 2017 in Leipzig. If you are interested in this topic, follow us on Twitter @UCLBioThoughtfulness and #BioEd.

EvoKE Conference explores diversity and innovation in European evolution education

EvoKE (Evolutionary Knowledge for Everyone) is a new network of evolution educators, researchers, and science communicators from across Europe working on interdisciplinary and collaborative educational development projects. Prof. Jörg Zabel and Dustin Eirdosh represented our working group. Prof. Zabel presented research on assessing evolution concepts during the poster session. Dustin Eirdosh led a workshop titled Extending evolution in the human domain, which explored the role of concepts in human evolution in the broader biology curriculum. The conference led to the development of an international network, EvoKids.org (based on the German EvoKids.de), for research and educational development for evolution science in primary and middle school classrooms, which Dustin continues to support through his coordination and thesis development work.

11th Conference of european researchers in didactics of biology 05.09. - 09.09.2016 in Karlstad (Sweden)

researchers in didactics of biology met at University of Karlstad (Sweden) for the 11th Conference of european researchers in didactics of biology (ERIDOB). Our researchgroup were represented there with four contributions. Furthermore Prof. Dr. Jörg Zabel was a member of the academic commitee and leads a symposia about Fostering a philosophical stance toward science: thoughtfulness an creativity in the biology.

Here you can find more about our research-projects.

1st European IHPST Regional Conference 22.08. - 25.08.2016 in Flensburg (Germany)

The international History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group convenend for the first time the European Regional IHPST Conference at University of Flensburg. Our researchgroup were represented there by three contributions. Prof. Dr. Jörg Zabel speeks about The Nature of Biological Science: What can Biology Lessons contribute to Science as Culture?. Alexander Bergmann gives a speech about Fostering students' Neuroscience Literacy by critically reflecting their intuitive beliefs. René Leubecher talks in his presentation about Moral Reasoning in the Science Classroom - Evaluation of a Pre-Service Teacher Training Program.

Here you can find more about our research-projects.

Conference about Innovation in science education at University of Modena 21. - 22. november 2014

The Primary Science Education at University of Modena - one of the oldest Universities in Italy - did every year a conference or workshop with contemporary innovations in science education in primary school and kindergarden at the crossroads of science and humanities. In november 2014 the conference explore the theme of stories and narration as a possibility to develop formal thoughts from natural language. In this case Prof. Dr. Jörg Zabel (university of Leipzig) speaks about "Stories and Meaning: What Students’ Narratives Reveal about their Understanding of Scientific Topics".
Due the same point of interests the Primary Science Education of university of Modena, Hans Fuchs (Zurich Univertity of Applied Sciences at Winterhur) and Prof. Jörg Zabel (University of Leipzig) decided to begin a collaboration. The first corporated project - a workshop about Narrative in Science - is 2015 from 6th - 9th of July in Switzerland.

If you are interesst in the presentation of Prof. Dr. Jörg Zabels speech, you are able to download it here.

last update: 05.07.2021 


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