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In conversation with Christian Strippel
What is the most fascinating aspect of your research?
Two things fascinate me most about Chemistry education: First, our research is at the junction between the natural sciences and individual learners. Thus, we consider natural sciences, and the psychology and sociology of learning simultaneously. Secondly, we always have to stay up to date. We want learners to access new insights and methods at the same pace they are developed by natural sciences.
As a young scientist, you have participated at the 65th Lindau Nobel Meeting. How was that for you?
I was impressed how much renowned scientists and young researchers cared about education. I found Saul Perlmutter’s talk particularly moving. He won the Nobel prize in Physics for his works on the expansion of the universe.
He strongly demanded more education on “the how” of scientific research, the thinking processes and methods through which scientists generate insights. At the same time, he humbly admitted that he did not know the ideal instructional approach for this. Thereby, Perlmutter identified one of the key didactic challenges of our time.
What is your dream for the future?
I wish to become an advocate for better education. I would like to help teachers to receive the best instruction in order to provide young people with the best education. I would also like to raise awareness among all of those who are participating in education. They should design the best learning environments possible – based on the findings of didactics and educational research.
30 September 2015