About Me

I am an educational researcher, mathematical physicist and science communicator. Currently, I work as a PhD researcher in the physics education group at the University of Oslo and with the Education and Public Outreach team of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. I have developed an online learning environment about Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and study learning processes in Einsteinian physics.

Magdalena Kersting in front of a blackboard
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Why Physics and Science Education?

I have always enjoyed playing with abstract ideas but it is even more rewarding to share this knowledge with others as well. It is a quite a challenge to find the best ways to communicate complex and abstract scientific concepts but  I love to excite the inner scientist in others and it is just plain fun to stretch everyone’s minds with concepts of modern physics!

What Is Science Education?

The field of science education is at the crossroads of different disciplines. Traditionally, science educators are at home in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. By weaving together insights from the learning sciences, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, and philosophy - among others - educational researchers try to understand how people come to know science. Using this knowledge, they aim to engage, stimulate, and sustain interest in science and to educate the next generation of scientists.

 

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science educators are at home in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. We

try to understand how people come to know science. Using this knowledge, we have a

simple goal: To engage, stimulate, and sustain interest in science and to educate the next

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erent disciplines. Traditionally,

science educators are at home in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. We

try to understand how people come to know science. Using this knowledge, we have a

simple goal: To engage, stimulate, and sustain interest in science and to educate the next

generation of scientists

My Background

I have studied physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the University of Oslo, Norway. During my studies I worked as a teaching assistant in undergrad courses and did internships with science magazines. To become a better communicator, I enrolled in a distance study program on public relations management in which I hold a diploma now. 

 

The diversity of my experience provides the backdrop  for my multidisciplinary work as an educational researcher and physics educator. My understanding of modern physics paired with my communication skills enable me to develop modern learning resources that will hopefully ignite a passion for science among many. My broad experience in teaching and learning science allow me to conduct research on learning processes and conceptual understanding with a fresh perspective. It is exciting to study how learners wrap their minds around abstract concepts such as curved space and warped time.