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Vortrag in der Reihe Transfer: Education – Society – Science (TESS): "Argumentation in Science and Religious Education: Perspectives from School-Based Research"

Prof. Dr. Sibel Erduran, University of Oxford, 11.11.2021, 16:00 – 18:00 Uhr, online (via zoom)


Argumentation, or the justification of knowledge claims with evidence and reasons, has emerged as a significant educational goal, advocated in international curricula and investigated through school-based research. In the context of science education, there has been a growing body of research on argumentation in the past two decades. However, cross-subject investigations on argumentation is fairly scarce. For instance, although much has been researched about the teaching and learning of the evolution versus intelligent design debate, research and development on argumentation as a pedagogical strategy at the interphase of science and religious education is practically unexplored. The purpose of this presentation is to share some research from the ongoing OARS Project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The 3-year project in engaging science and religious education (RE) teachers in a continuous professional development programme about argumentation. Data from the teachers as well as their Key Stage 3 students have been collected to investigate the impact of the programme through qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Findings will be shared which will include how teachers and students interpret argumentation in both science and RE contexts.


Sibel Erduran is Professor of Science Education, Director of Research in the Department of Education and Fellow of St Cross College at University of Oxford. She is also Professor II at University of Oslo, Norway. She serves as the President of the European Science Education Research Association; Editor-in-Chief of Science & Education and an Editor for International Journal of Science. Her work experience includes positions in the USA, Ireland as well as the UK. Her research interests focus on the infusion of epistemic practices of science in science education and she has a keen interest in the professional development of science teachers. Her work on argumentation has received international recognition through awards from NARST and EASE. She is currently working on funded projects FEDORA (EU Horizon 2020) and SciKids (UAEU). Her recent books published in 2019 are entitled Argumentation in Chemistry Education: Research, Policy and Practice (Royal Society of Chemistry) and Transforming Teacher Education through the Epistemic Core of Chemistry: Empirical Evidence and Practical Strategies (Springer).

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Der Vortrag ist in die Reihe Transfer: Education – Society – Science (TESS) eingebunden, die vom Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Bildungsforschung (IZBF) in Zusammenarbeit mit der Professional School of Education (PSE) und dem ProMINT-Kolleg an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin organisiert und durchgeführt wird. Mehr zur Reihe finden Sie hier:

The lecture is part of the series Transfer: Education - Society - Science (TESS), organized and hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Research (IZBF) in collaboration with the Professional School of Education (PSE) and the ProMINT-Kolleg at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. More about the series can be found here:


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