About Me

Education is the point at which we decide whether

we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it.

- Hannah Arendt

What is space? What is time? What is inside a black hole? I have always been curious about the world and fascinated by science. That's why I studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the University of Oslo, Norway. 


Over the years, I have become equally intrigued by humans and their ability to make meaning of science and the world around them. In my Ph.D. at the University of Oslo, I turned to physics education research to study this meaning perspective and to find better ways of teaching science. 


I have a particular interest in embodied learning processes, and I study how learners experience abstract knowledge in digital and virtual learning environments in formal and informal learning contexts.


Currently, I work as a postdoctoral researcher in project LISSI (Linking Instruction in Science and Student Impact) to study embodied learning processes and the quality of instructional practices in science classrooms. LISSI is a collaboration between the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø and funded by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training.

Magdalena Kersting science education
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My mission... 

As an educational researcher, to transform and expand science education and find better ways of teaching science. As a physics educator, to foster curiosity about modern physics and lift students up to their potential. As a teacher educator, to guide teachers in training and practice to rethink science education's purpose and potential. As a science communicator, to get people excited about modern physics and tie science into our society. As a colleague and collaborator, to build connections between people in our community and help us see what we have in common. As a mathematical physicist, to pack my brain with abstract thoughts to think with. As a writer, to introduce readers to the pleasures of the complex and subtle. As a human, to study and play and inspire others to do the same.