Research Projects in Chemistry Education

Current Projects

  • KompE – Assessing and Fostering Competencies in the Field of Experimentation
    This PhD project aims to investigate how problem solutions emerge from underlying dispositions when undergraduate students engage in scientific inquiry through experimentation. For this purpose, a learning sequence including several instruments to assess different facets of the competencies in the field of experimentation is developed and implemented at the university.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Andreas Nehring
    Team: Marco Reith
    Year: 2019
    Duration: 2019-2023
  • Leibniz Prinzip II – field of action 2: Modern Formats of Learning - digital, reflective, didactically structured/teaching methodology structured
    High-quality teaching focuses on the individual learning requirements of students and integrates digitally supported elements. The aim of this field of action is to promote digital competences for the reflection and design of student-oriented learning spaces among prospective teachers. To this end, teaching and learning spaces appropriate for the target group are digitally designed and supported in the university phase of teacher training.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Sascha Schanze
    Team: Robert von der Heide
    Year: 2019
    Funding: BMBF
    Duration: 2019-2024

Completed projects

  • Design of e-learning units for the seminar on research methodology
    In the project, a traditional teaching approache is adapted into a consistent flipped classroom concept. Theoretical content is outsourced to online learning modules for asynchronous preparation. In the classroom practice, theory and practice are linked in depth and applied to concrete data sets using research methods. The main goal is to increase self-determined learning through individual preparation.
    Led by: Dr. Sarah Hundertmark
    Team: Julian Heeg, Dr. Benedikt Heuckmann
    Year: 2020
    Funding: MWK Innovation plus
    Duration: 04/2020 - 12/2021
  • digiPro - Improving understanding Chemistry by using a digital problem-based learning environment
    digiPro provides both students and lecturers of chemistry-specific degree programmes with a practice-based digital learning environment based on the learning management system ILIAS. The research focus is on the design of suitable sample tasks (explanatory videos) or (collaborative) learning tasks to promote problem solving and representational competence.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Sascha Schanze
    Team: Dennis Zehler
    Year: 2019
    Funding: MWK- Programms "Qualität plus-Programm zur Entwicklung des Studiums von morgen"
    Duration: 01/2019-12/2021
  • Productive Failure: Conceptual Learning in Chemistry Classes through Problem Solving prior to instruction (PS-I)
    The aim is to adapt the productive failure approach for learning chemical concepts. Learners are confronted with a problem-solving situation for which no viable concepts are initially available and thus the learners are uncertain about their solution approaches. Subsequently, the corresponding chemical concept is first developed in the instructional phase. It is assumed that the preceding confrontation in the problem-solving situation supports the development of the concept understanding during the instruction.
    Led by: Dr. Sarah Hundertmark
    Year: 2018
    Funding: 07/2018 - 06/2019 Förderung durch das Hochschulbüro für Chancenvielfalt, LUH
    Duration: seit 2018
  • Peer-Interaction-Methode (PIM)
    Promoting conceptual understanding through a collaborative task format: The Peer Interaction Method (PIM) is a two-phase collaborative learning form guided by work sheets to promote understanding of general chemical concepts. The research focus is on conditions for success in order to derive suitable instructions or recommendations for an adequate group composition.
    Led by: Prof. Dr. Sascha Schanze
    Team: Julian Heeg, Dr. Sarah Hundertmark
    Year: 2016