CCSE seminar series: Dr. Lene Møller Madsen: Students learning to do science - with a special focus on inquiry

Practical work like laboratory work and fieldwork is integrated parts of many science educational programmes. However what do students learn through practical work?, and is it the same in different types of practical work?

Foto: Lene Møller Madsen

Foto: Lene Møller Madsen


The presentation will departure from these questions and present an overview of different styles of thinking that practical work in science involves. I will engage you in mapping out different types of thinking in practical work.

The rest of the presentation will focus on planning and teaching in the field. By sharing the 6F inquiry model we use for teacher training at the University of Copenhagen I will discuss the role of using data in the field as well as the role of formative feedback for student learning.


Lene Møller Madsen is an associate professor at the Department of Science Education at the University of Copenhagen. She received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2001.For the last 15 years, she has worked within the field of science education. Her research concerns the disciplines of geography and geology both concerning the learning of content and the meaning of cultures within these educations. Her focus is on students learning processes and students ways of becoming members of disciplines; hence with academic and social integration, identity processes, spatial thinking skills, and the use of fieldwork. A substantial part of her profession includes teaching and working with faculty and she has been teaching inquiry for future high school teachers at the University of Copenhagen for the past 10 years.

Published Feb. 4, 2020 12:53 PM - Last modified Mar. 4, 2020 5:33 PM