• Christine Köhler
An important educational goal is to foster interested and talented students in science in a lasting and purposeful way in order to satisfy the constantly growing need of qualified workforce in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Student competitions in science have proved to be a suitable measure, but there are few research findings in this field about requirements of competitions or participants. In this dissertation, a scheme to classify and analyse competition tasks was developed and validated in order to characterize the requirements of scientific science competitions. Based on this scheme, tasks of the International JuniorScienceOlympiad (IJSO) were analysed. Furthermore, the requirements of the competitions Jugend forscht/ Schüler experimentieren were identified. In a next step, these findings were used to develop and validate an instrument to test scientific knowledge and abilities. The test was then used in a study to characterize participants in scientific student competitions. In addition, predictors have been identified that influence participation and success in a scientific student competition. A combination of the test for scientific knowledge and abilities developed in this dissertation and further instruments for the assessment of affective characteristics makes a comprehensive characterization of talents in science possible. These findings can then be used in a next step to identify and, in combination with the identified requirements of the competitions, to foster interested students in science in a purposeful way. The findings on influencing factors of competition participation and of success in a competition can also be used to develop measures which motivate especially young students to participate in competitions or which reduce access barriers.
Translated title of the contributionStudent competitions in science – characterization of requirements and participants in scientific student competitions with regard to specific attributes of performance
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationKiel
Number of pages261
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Competitions/out of school learning

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