Visualizations are important for communicating and understanding scientific explanations of things that are otherwise hard to imagine. The scientific topics are abstract and complex because they involve structures and processes that are unobservable, highly dynamic, and occur over very large or very small time scales. This makes teaching and learning challenging. While visualizations may support learning, they may also be misleading if they are not interpreted properly.
We are particularly interested in digital visualization such as animations, simulations and interactive models. Another area is student-generated representations such as drawings and animations. Our resarch focus cognition and language, as well as design, och we also study multisensory learning, and involve learners from preschool to higher education and informal learning.
The group is headed by professor Lena Tibell and consists of people with backgrounds in the life sciences, media technology, and educational science. The group is situated in Norrköping and is a part of the division for Media and Information Technology at the Department of science and technology (ITN), Linköping University. We also conduct graduate education in Science and engineering education.
EvoVis: Challenging Threshold Concepts in Life ScienceIn this project we study how learners' understanding of evolution can be supported by visualization. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR 2012-5344), and the principal investigator is Lena Tibell.
Immersive Education: Virtual Nano Environments for LearningWe want to find out how an interactive virtual nano environment can be used for learning about fundamental science concepts. The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR 2011-5569), with Konrad Schönborn as principal investigator.
Will more science in pre-school teacher education affect kids' school careers?The aim of the project was to evaluate the long-term effects of a quasi-experimental investigation of the effects of a preschool teacher education programme with an explicit natural science profile on pupils' learning outcomes and attitudes. The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR 2009-6045), and principal investigator is Erik Mellander, Institutet för arbetsmarknads- och utbildningspolitisk utvärdering, Uppsala.
Science Education Aspects of Visualization in Molecular Life ScienceIn this project we investigate how learners interpret and use visualizations, including multisensory and physical models and animations, in learning molecular life sciences. The project has been funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR 2008-5077). Lena Tibell is the principal investigator.
Graduate educationFontD - The Swedish National Graduate School in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Research is a collaborative network between 13 participating universities in Sweden, with Linköping University as the host. Konrad Schönborn is coordinator and Lena Tibell is scientific leader of this graduate school.