About Me

Magdalena Kersting, black-white portrait.
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Magdalena Kersting in front of a blackboard, black white.
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I am a science educator and educational researcher. I have developed an online learning environment about Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. Currently, I study learning processes in the domain of Einsteinian physics.

 

Science educators weave together diverse disciplines such as cognitive, natural and learning sciences, linguistics, and philosophy. To this eclectic mix, I add my strong background in mathematical physics. I have studied both physics and mathematics in Göttingen which - during Einstein's time - was one of the world's leading centres for mathematics. It was here that Einstein gave a week-long series on his evolving theory of general relativity and that I, 100 years later, got introduced to his extraordinary ideas. 

 

My understanding of modern physics combined with my teaching experience at university level enable me to develop modern learning resources that will hopefully ignite a passion for science among many. My multidisciplinary approach allows me to conduct research on learning processes and conceptual understanding with a fresh perspective. It is so exciting to unravel how learners wrap their minds around curved space and warped time.

 



Research Interests

  • Educational reconstruction of general relativity
    There are few attempts of bringing general relativity to classrooms.
  • Conceptual understanding of abstract scientific concepts:
    We live in a 4-dimensional universe, but our minds struggle to perceive and depict four dimensions.

  • The role of language in learning science & computer-supported collaborative Learning:
    A sociocultural stance towards learning can facilitate understanding of abstract concepts.

  • Embodied cognition and embodied interaction: Embodied cognition extends the boundaries of the mind from being inside the brain to including the body’s physical interactions with the world.

  • History and philosophy of science & philosophy of education: 
    Educators move beyond traditional content-focused instruction to inform modern science education.

Education

  • since August 2018: Visiting research fellow at the University of Western Australia and the Australian National University  
  • since 2015: PhD studies in Physics Education
    University of Oslo, Norway

  • 2018: Diploma in Public Relations Management 
    Freie Journalistenschule Berlin, Germany

  • 2015: Master of Science in Mathematics
    University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2013: Postgraduate Studies in Mathematics
    University of Oslo, Norway

  • 2012: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2011: Bachelor of Science in Physics
    University of Göttingen, Germany