• Kathrin Ziepprecht
  • Damon Sebastian Jäger
  • Julia Schwanewedel
Translated title of the contributionCharacteristics of representations in biology education from the perspectives of students from senior classes
External Representations are particularly important for biology teaching in school. In this context, numerous findings exist regarding student’s competences in dealing with biological texts, pictures and multiple external representations (MER). Characteristic of representations haven’t been classified domain specific but on a theoretical, cognitive psychological level. In this article such a classification is used to analyse the learner perspective on representations in biology class in a structured way. To this end, five guided interviews were conducted with students from secondary school. The interviews were analysed employing qualitative content analysis. Among other things the results show that from the learner perspective the objective, scientific nature of biological texts and pictures is characteristic. Regarding MER it can be noted that representations of processes and procedures in pictures and texts are perceived as typical for biology class. The description of subject-related dealing with representations permits guidance for optimizing teaching and learning.
Original languageGerman
JournalBiologie Lehren und Lernen – Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Biologie
Pages (from-to)23-41
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 01.08.2017

    Research areas

  • Development of competencies and transitions

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