In my research I focus on students' learning processes of physics and how they experience their learning. Together with my research group, I analyze not only students' processes of conceptual development of particular topics (e.g., mechanics) but also, how they understand and enact concepts related to scientific paractices such as argumentation and scientific investigations.

I am furthermore interested in how (pre-service) teachers learn to assess and promote student learning of physics, that is, establish diagnostic competence. In particular with a focus on teacher learning, the notion of reflection plays an important role, regarding processes of reflection as an essential tool to improve professional competence.

Recent Overview of Research (German)

Brief Curriculum Vitae

1989 Abitur
10/1995 Physics Diploma
02/1996 - 01/1999 PhD Student at the Institute of Physics Education at the University of Bremen
28.01.1999 Graduation to Dr. rer. nat. with Development of Situated Cognitions, Interactions, and Situated Experiences While Working on Physics Tasks
02/1999 - 03/2001 Postdoctoral Student at the Institute of Physics Education at the University of Bremen
04/2001 - 09/2002 Postdoctoral Student at the University of Education at Ludwigsburg, funded as a Habilitandenstipendium by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
10/2002 - 04/2007 Junior Professor for Physics Education at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the Leibniz University Hannover
01/2003 - 03/2003 Academic Visitor at King's College London, UK
since 05/2007 Professor for Physics Education at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

Main Publications

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I am located at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Institute of Physics Education.
You'll find more information on our website (German) or may want to visit my profile at ResearchGate.

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    Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21C, Room 214
    35392 Gießen
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