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Stefan Müller, Scientific Employee

University of Cologne
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Institute of Chemistry Education
Herbert-Lewin-Strasse 2
D-50931 Koeln

Room 0.14
Phone: +49 221 470-4990
Fax: +49 221 470-4949


Resistant myths about nature of science 

An adequate understanding of Nature of Science is a necessary condition for social participation. With regard to current controversial public discussions about socio-scientific issues, it seems particular important that students have adequate ideas about the supposed limitations of science. However, recent studies have shown that many preservice science teachers believe in myths regarding the tentativeness and sociocultural embeddedness of scientific knowledge and that their conceptions about both aspects have been resistant to change.

The purpose of our research project is to investigate preservice science teachers´ conceptions about the tentative and sociocultural nature of scientific knowledge, the origins of this conceptions and their resistance to change as well as possibilities of altering them in teacher education.


Reiners, Ch. S., Schmitz, L. & Mueller, S. (2020). Developing and Assessing E-Learning Settings by Digital Technologies. In M. Ludwig, S. Jablonski, A. Caldeira, & A. Moura (Eds.), Research on Outdoor STEM Education in the digiTal Age. Proceedings of the ROSETA Online Conference in June 2020 (pp. 213-216). Münster: WTM.

Müller, Stefan & Reiners, Christiane S. (2020). Verständnisfördernde Lernarrangements zu ausgewählten NOS-Aspekten. In: S. Habig (Ed.), Naturwissenschaftliche Kompetenzen in der Gesellschaft von morgen. Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik, Jahrestagung in Wien 2019. (pp. 150-153). Universität Duisburg-Essen

Müller, Stefan & Reiners, Christiane S. (2019). Resistente Vorstellungen von Lehramtskandidaten über Nature of Science. In: C. Maurer (Ed.), Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung als Grundlage für berufliche und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe. Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik, Jahrestagung in Kiel 2018. (pp. 58-61). Universität Regensburg.

Liebig, S., Billetter, H., Wallraff, T., Busch, S., Müller, S. & Ruschewitz, U. (2016). Three Inter-Alkali Metal Acetylides: KNaC2, KRbC2, and NaRbC2: Syntheses, Crystal Structures, and Structural Systematics, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 642, 66-72.