Magdalena Kersting in front of a blackboard
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Refereed Research Articles

  1. Steier, R., Kersting, M. (2019), Metaimagining and embodied conceptions of spacetime, Cognition & Instruction, 37(2), 145-168,

  2. Kersting, M., (2019) Free fall in curved spacetime – how to visualise gravity in general relativity,Physics Education, Physics Education, 54, 035008,

  3. Steier, R., Kersting, M., Silseth, K (2019). Imagining with improvised representations in CSCL environments, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 14: 109.

  4. Kersting, M., Steier, R. (2018). Understanding curved spacetime - the role of the rubber sheet analogy in learning general relativity. Science & Education. 27(7),593-623,

  5. Kersting, M., Henriksen, E. K., Bøe, M. V., & Angell, C. (2018). General relativity in upper secondary school: design and evaluation of an online learning environment using the model of educational reconstruction. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 14(1), 010130-1-010130-18.

  6. Navigating four dimensions – upper secondary students’ understanding of movement in spacetime (in press)

  7. How history and philosophy of science can inform teaching and learning of general relativity in upper secondary school (in press) 

Refereed Conference Contributions

  1. 07/2019: "Free Fall in Curved Spacetime", GIREP 2019, Budapest, Hungary

  2. 12/2018: "General Relativity in Upper Secondary School", AIP Congress 2018, Perth, Australia
  3. 07/2018: "The Role of Imagination in the Language Games of the Science Classroom", BWS 2018, London, UK
  4. 07/2018: "Navigating Four Dimensions - Upper Secondary Students' Understanding of Movement in Spacetime", GIREP-MPTL 2018, San Sebastian, Spain 
  5. 07/2018: "How History and Philosophy of Science Can Inform Teaching and Learning of General Relativity in Upper Secondary School", GIREP-MPTL 2018, San Sebastian, Spain 
  6. 07/2018: "How History and Philosophy of Science Can Inform Teaching and Learning of General Relativity in Upper Secondary School", 15th Marcel Grossmann Meeting, Rome, Italy

  7. 06/2018: "Gravity, Imagination, and Embodied Conceptions of Spacetime", 2nd Symposium on Embodied Interaction: "Gesture, Touch, and Embodied Meaning-Making", Odense, Denmark

  8. 03/2018: "General Relativity in Upper Secondary School: How Philosophy of Science Can Inform Physics Education of the 21st century", PESGB 2018, Oxford, Great Britain
  9. 08/2017: "Educational Reconstruction of General Relativity Through a Collaborative Online Learning Environment", JURE 2017, Tampere, Finland
  10. 08/2017: "Gravity, Imagination, and Embodied Conceptions of Spacetime", ESERA 2017, Dublin, Ireland
  11. 07/2017: "Teaching General Relativity in Upper Secondary School: an Educational Reconstruction", GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland

  12. 07/2017: "An International Research Collaboration in the Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics", GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland

Workshops, Presentations, & Invited Talks

  1. 07/2019: Bringing general relativity to secondary schools: Design and evaluation of a digital learning environment, GR22-Amaldi13, Valencia, Spain
  2. 07/2019: Symposium "Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics", GIREP 2019, Budapest, Hungary

  3. 02/2019: "Curved Spacetime: Investigating Students' Conceptual Understanding in General Relativity", WE-Heraeus Seminar - General Relativity as a Challenge for Physics Education, Bad Honnef, Germany

  4. 12/2018: "Modernising Physics Teaching", STAWA Future Science 2018, Perth, Australia
  5. 11/2018: "Understanding Curved Spacetime", Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum 2018, Perth, Australia

  6. 07/2018: Chair of symposium: "International Perspectives on Einsteinian Physics at Upper Secondary School Level", GIREP-MPTL 2018, San Sebastian, Spain 

  7. 06/2017: "A Relatively Modern Physics Lesson", Science on Stage, Debrecen, Hungary
  8. 07/2017: Chair of symposium: "The Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics in International Contexts", GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017, Dublin, Ireland

  9. 12/2016: "General Relativity: Making Einstein's Theory Teachable", STAWA Future Science 2016, Perth, Australia

  10. 11/2016: "Curved Space and Warped Time: Students' Understanding of Gravity", International Workshop on the Teaching and Learning of Einsteinian Physics in the Era of Gravitational Astronomy, Gin Gin, Western Australia

  11. 8/2016: "ReleKvant - undervisningsopplegg om relativitetsteori og kvantefysikk", National Conference on Teaching of Physics, Copenhagen, Denmark 

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