Magdalena Kersting

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I am an educational researcher and physics educator with a particular interest in collaborative meaning-making processes. In my research, I study how learners experience abstract knowledge in digital and virtual learning environments in formal and informal learning contexts. My broad interest in meaning-making processes and knowledge development in science requires a multidisciplinary approach. Thus, I bring together perspectives from science education, physics education research, the learning sciences, cognitive linguistics, and history & philosophy of science to understand the complex processes involved in teaching and learning science.
 
Currently, I hold a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo to study the quality of inquiry-based activities in science classrooms as part of the LISSI project. Previously, I developed a digital learning environment about Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity as part of project ReleQuant.  
 
Please get in touch or go to my personal homepage for more information.

Research interests

  • Physics Education Research (PER)
    - Einsteinian physics education
    - sociocultural perspectives & talking physics
     
  • Science Education Research
    - meaning-making and conceptual understanding
    - embodied cognition in science education
    - inquiry-based science
     
  • Technology & learning
    - computer-supported collaborative learning
    - design of digital learning environments
    - virtual reality in (in)formal learning spaces 
     
  • History & philosophy of science
    -
     history & philosophy of the theory of relativity
    - nature of science & teaching science

Research methods

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Design-based research
  • Video and interaction analysis
  • Focus group and interview methods
  • Systematic metaphor analysis

Education

  • 2019: PhD in Physics Education, University of Oslo
  • 2018: Diploma in Public Relations Management, Freie Journalistenschule Berlin
  • 2015: Master of Science in Mathematics, University of Göttingen
  • 2012: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Göttingen
  • 2011: Bachelor of Science in Physics, University of Göttingen

Research stays

  • November 2019: Visiting researcher at the Centre of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education Research, SMEER, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • May 2019 - June 2019: Visiting research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
  • August 2018 - April 2019: Visiting research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Honours and awards

  • 2019: Hartle Award for Best Oral Talk by a Student, GR22/Amaldi13
  • 2019: Best Oral Presentation of a Young Researcher in Physics Education, GIREP 
  • 2019: Science Studies Colloquium Series Qualification Scholarship
  • 2019: EARLI Mentoring Grant 
  • 2018: Norwegian Research Council personal overseas research grant 
  • 2018: ESERA Early Career Travel Award
  • 2017: Winner of the Science on Stage National Competition in Norway
  • 2014: DAAD Promos Mobility Stipend
  • 2011: Bachelor of Science with Distinction, University of Göttingen

Professional membership

  • ISLS, International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • PESGB, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
  • EARLI, European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
  • ESERA, European Science Education Research Association
  • ISGRG, International Society of General Relativity & Gravitation

Teaching

  • Spring 2018: FYS4160 - General Relativity

  • Spring 2017: FYS4160 - General Relativity

  • Autumn 2016: FYS1120 - Electromagnetism

  • Teaching assistant and course reader (undergraduate courses in physics and mathematics), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2009-2015)

Science communication and public outreach

(selection of articles and interviews)

Tags: Physics education, Science education, STEM, Technolog-based learning, Design-based research, history and philosophy of science

Publications

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  • Kamphorst, Floor & Kersting, Magdalena (2019). DESIGN BASED RESEARCH AND THE MODEL OF EDUCATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION – A COMBINED APPROACH TO DESIGN SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE INSTRUCTION.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). Bringing general relativity to secondary schools: Design and evaluation of a digital learning environment.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). Curved Spacetime: Investigating Students' Conceptual Understanding in General Relativity.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). Free Fall in Curved Spacetime.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). General Relativity in Secondary School -Research-Based Development of Learning Resources and Analyses of Students’ Conceptual Understanding Using the Model of Educational Reconstruction.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). General Relativity in Secondary School. Research-Based Development of Learning Resources & Analyses of Students' Conceptual Understanding Using the Model of Educational Reconstrucion.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS AND THE ROLE OF IMAGINATION IN THE LANGUAGE GAMES OF THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2019). THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS.
  • Kersting, Magdalena & Bondell, Jackie (2019). MODERNISING SCIENCE TEACHING: BRINGING THE VIRTUAL UNIVERSE INTO THE CLASSROOM.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). General Relativity – Why high school students should learn about Einstein’s most revolutionary idea. Titan.uio.no. Show summary
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). General Relativity in Upper Secondary School.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). General Relativity in Upper Secondary School: How Philosophy of Science Can Inform Physics Education of the 21st century.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). Generell relativitetsteori. [www ].
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). How history and philosophy of science can inform teaching and learning of general relativity in upper secondary school.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). How history and philosophy of science can inform teaching and learning of general relativity in upper secondary school.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). International perspectives on Einsteinian Physics at upper secondary school level.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). Modernising Physics Teaching.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). Navigating Four Dimensions. Lateral Magazine. Show summary
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). Navigating four dimensions – upper secondary students’ understanding of movement in spacetime.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2018). The Role of Imagination in the Language Games of the Science Classroom.
  • Kersting, Magdalena & Steier, Rolf (2018). Gravity, imagination and embodied conceptions of spacetime.
  • Steier, Rolf & Kersting, Magdalena (2018). When a sandwich becomes the earth: imagination and creativity with improvised representations..
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2017). Teaching General Relativity in Upper Secondary Schools: an Educational Reconstruction.
  • Kersting, Magdalena; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Bøe, Maria Vetleseter & Angell, Carl (2017). Educational Reconstruction of General Relativity Through a Collaborative Online Learning Environment.
  • Kersting, Magdalena & Myhrehagen, Henning Vinjusveen (2017). A Relatively Modern Physics Lesson.
  • Kersting, Magdalena & Steier, Rolf (2017). GRAVITY, IMAGINATION AND EMBODIED CONCEPTIONS OF SPACETIME.
  • Kersting, Magdalena; Zadnik, Marjan; Stannard, Warren; Moschilla, John & Blair, David (2017). An International Research Collaboration in the Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics.
  • Bungum, Berit; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Frågåt, Thomas & Kersting, Magdalena (2016). ReleKvant - læring og undervisning i kvantefysikk og relativitetsteori.
  • Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Angell, Carl; Bungum, Berit; Bøe, Maria Vetleseter; Tellefsen, Cathrine Wahlstrøm; Frågåt, Thomas & Kersting, Magdalena (2016). ReleKvant - undervisningsopplegg om relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2016). Curved space and warped time: Students’ understanding of gravity.
  • Kersting, Magdalena (2016). General Relativity: Making Einstein’s Theory Teachable.
  • Kersting, Magdalena; Frågåt, Thomas; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline & Tellefsen, Cathrine Wahlstrøm (2016). Introduction to ReleQuant: Developing online learning resources in modern physics.

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