Department of Science Education > Research
The focus of the research at the Department of Science Education is the didactics of science and mathematics education and teaching. By didactics we understand the content focused study of teaching.
We are primarily interested in the university level (the third level), that is, the didactics of the range of science subjects taught at the Faculty of Science. We also focus on didactical questions related to teacher education (in which didactics comprise a special component).
In addition, we conduct research into the didactics of high school (second level) science subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, biology, computer science, and physical education) and into interdisciplinary teaching of these subjects.
Finally, the important area of research into what is known as "informal science learning environments" is currently under growth. This field of research deals with the communication of science in contexts other than formal education situations, especially the contexts of museums and science centres. The Department thus takes a broad view of science education.
In our research, we employ a broad spectrum of methods and theoretical frameworks with special emphasis on the study of science knowledge and the present or potential form in which it is communicated, developed, or utilised in institutions and professions. Didactics research requires a special focus on the specific content of teaching and communication including the challenges and obstacles this content may present the learner with. A prominent research interest at the Department is that of "didactical design", i.e. tangible ways of innovatively communicating subject matter which promote interactions between learners and concrete knowledge. Our research is thus often connected to didactical development work
Among the theoretical frameworks widely used in our current research are the theory of didactical situations, the anthropological theory, semiotic theories on scientific forms of representation, and the theory of instrumental genesis.
Further information: Carl Winsløw, Deputy Head of Department for Research