Collaborative project VideT: Teaching the research process - A video-based transfer tool for pupils

In this interdisciplinary project, we investigate whether pupils learn better from videos to interpret and classify scientific results if the films convey not only research results but also insights into the scientific knowledge process. We want to find out whether such videos can be used as a tool for knowledge transfer and which factors are important in this process.

Project website: (in German)

Project details
Duration: 07/2021 – 06/2024
Third-party funded: yes
Involved Department(s): Science Management, Dept Evolutionary Ecology
Leibniz-IZW Project Leader(s): Miriam Brandt (Science Management)
Leibniz-IZW Project Team: Anke Schumann (Science Management), Daniel Lewanzik, Carolin Scholz, Christian Voigt (all: Dept Evolutionary Ecology)
Consortium Partner(s): Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Tübingen
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)
Current Funding Organisation: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Research Foci:
Understanding traits and evolutionary adaptations
Understanding the environmental context
Developing theories, methods, and tools

The transfer of scientific findings to society is becoming increasingly important. However, it is difficult for many people to interpret and classify these findings. One reason is that the presentation of scientific findings often focuses exclusively on the research results without explaining the associated research process. As a result, the public receives no or only insufficient insights into scientific ways of thinking and working.

In the interdisciplinary project VideT, we want to develop a video-based transfer tool that additionally to the research results also conveys insights into the scientific cognitive process. This should enable pupils to better interpret and classify scientific results. The transfer instrument will be tested prototypically with 10th grade students.

We develop the transfer tool by using - as an example - the knowledge that the IZW has generated and continues to generate about the ecology of bats and the effects of human activities on these animals.

To achieve the project goals, the collaborative project integrates expertise from the natural and social sciences as well as educational research. Within the framework of an accompanying study, our partners analyse the influence of different parameters, e.g. the inclusion of explanations of the individual work steps, on the understanding of the research process and scientific findings, on attitudes and on the credibility of science as well as of the researchers.