“Cool, we travel through space!”: How to elicit conceptual understanding in out-of-school activities

“Cool, we travel through space!”, “Oh look there is Saturn, that is my favorite planet!”. Guess where you are? You are enjoying a virtual journey into space in the Kapteyn Mobile Planetarium of the University of Groningen together with upper grade pupils of a primary school. It is dark inside the Mobile Planetarium, but you […]

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Duo-Interview: Perspectives on Social Coordination

People tend to coordinate their actions, feelings, and thoughts with others in social situations. But how does this work? We asked two experts of our department, Dr. Ralf Cox (Developmental Psychology) and Dr. Pontus Leander (Organizational Psychology), who examine this intriguing topic from two different perspectives.

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Finding and filling gaps in psychological theory: The case of building a career choice model

A major challenge in psychology is to build theory on individual change, and to find the tools to do so systematically. For answering questions on individual behavioral change, building a theoretical simulation model can be a powerful tool. By collaborating with theoretical biology, psychologists can enter a whole new realm of formalizing theory.

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“If you want them to HEAR it, you talk. If you want them to LEARN it, THEY TALK.”

The language that is used to verbalize thoughts about scientific concepts is more complex and sophisticated than the language we use in our daily conversations. Science and technology lessons provide excellent opportunities for children to be introduced to this sophisticated form of language, whereby teachers play a crucial role.

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