Research

“If you have a problem,
try to solve it,
If you cannot solve it,
do not make a problem of it”
(Buddha)

The research of scientific creativity is a central concern of the Didactics Centre for Natural Sciences at the University of Education in Upper Austria.
Since 2010, educationalists from the subjects of chemistry, physics and biology have been working on the following topics and research questions:

  • Development of a diagnostic instrument for the assessment of divergent thinking in scientific problems.
    By means of the DPAS-TEST (Divergent Problem Solving Ability in Science-Test), valid statements about the scientific creativity of young people can be made since 2020.
  • Effectiveness of flex-based learning on the development of creative problem solving skills among young people.
    Tests carried out on more than 2,000 students who were taught using flex-based learning techniques showed statistically significant improvements in creative problem solving skills. The effect was most impressive among girls in particular.
  • training course for teachers as a field of research
    The course has been held at the PH OÖ since 2018 to familiarise teachers with the methods and techniques of flex-based learning. The acceptance of divergent teaching methods as well as the competence acquisition of the participating teachers is being researched


Publications

Haim, Aschauer & Weber (2020). Diagnose divergenter Denkstrategien bei naturwiss. Problemstellungen. In: S. Habig (Hrsg.), Naturwissenschaftliche Kompetenzen in der Gesellschaft von morgen. Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik, Jahrestagung in Wien 2019. (S. 381). Universität Duisburg-Essen
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Oyrer, Haim & Aschauer (2020). Effektive Lehrerfortbildung zur Vermittlung von flex-based learning. In: S. Habig (Hrsg.), Naturwissenschaftliche Kompetenzen in der Gesellschaft von morgen. Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik, Jahrestagung in Wien 2019. (S. 605). Universität Duisburg-Essen
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Haim, Kurt (2013). Kreatives Lösungsorientiertes Experimentieren – KLEx In: Praxis der Naturwissenschaften – Chemie in der Schule 4, 62, 34 – 37
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Haim & Weber (2014). KLEx – Eine Experimentiertechnik zur Förderung kreativer Problemlösekompetenz im naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht In: Last oder Lust? Forschung und Lehrer/innenbildung Hrsg. E .Feyerer, K. Hirschenhauser u. K. Soukup-Altrichter, Münster, Waxmann
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