WG1 Assessment

Working Group 1 focuses on designing and benchmarking effective methods of gauging the understanding and acceptance of evolution and their relationship, especially in the context of overall scientific literacy. This objective involves both the conceptual review and development of survey and statistical tools, and the proper processing of the resulting data (its transformation, visualization and dissemination).

Figure: Categorisation based on data derived from the Eurobarometer (European Commission, 2005). Picture provided by courtesy of Prof. Dr. Dittmar Graf (Didactics of Biology, University of Giessen, Germany).

Overall and grand period goals and their status

Working Group 1 addresses four major tasks and deliverables that are the core of our grand period goals:

In the table below the goals of Working Group 1 (WG1) for the last and the current grand period (GP2 and GP3), as well as their status and how they relate to Action objectives and WG1 deliverables, are displayed [status as of June 2020]:

Upcoming Meetings and Opportunities

Working Group 1 aims to meet regularly every last Monday of a month at 1pm (CET) via Skype (contact: Anna Beniermann). The next face-to-face meeting will most likely take place in the beginning of 2021.

Working Group 1 will launch two calls for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) to address grand period goals 5 (further analyses of the data set) and 6 (further studies and funding possibilities) soon. These STSM are especially interesting for researchers that want to lead the writing process of additional publications and/or funding proposals. If you are interested in hosting a STSM in 2020 or apply for a STSM on these topics in 2020, please contact WG1 leaders.

Current Work

In the second half of 2020 we will…

  • … analyse the data of our pilot study based on the group discussions of the pre-analyses.
  • … write the manuscript about the overall results collaboratively.
  • … launch the call for two STSMs on further analyses and studies.
  • … finalize the collection of standardized instruments in Action members’ languages.

For more information and to join this Working Group please contact:

Dr. Anna Beniermann
Dr. Anna Beniermann

WG Leader
Humboldt University of Berlin
Postdoc (Teaching and Learning Research in Biology Education)

Prof. Dr. Rianne Pinxten
Prof. Dr. Rianne Pinxten

WG Vice-leader
University of Antwerp
Professor (Didactics of Biology)

Paul Kuschmierz
Paul Kuschmierz

Active Contributor (Principal Investigator)
Justus Liebig University of Giessen
PhD student (Institute for Didactics of Biology)