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Dr. Elizabeth Watts

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Aufgabenbereich Einwerben von Drittmitteln, Lehre, Begutachtung von Abschlussarbeiten, Mikroskopierstraße

Adresse

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Arbeitsgruppe Fachdidaktik
Am Steiger 3, Bienenhaus
07743 Jena

Raum

105

Tel

 (03641) 9-49494

Sprechstunde

Freitag 09:30 - 11:00 Uhr*

E-Mail

elizabeth.watts@uni-jena.de

 * Sprechstunde entfällt am: 23.08.2019, 30.08.2019, 13.09.2019, 27.09.2019, 20.12.2019

 

Lebenslauf

  • 1999 – 2000    Bachelorstudium University of Texas (Austin, TX)

  • 2000 – 2002     Bachelorstudium New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)

  • 2003 – 2006    Diplomstudium Friedrich Schiller Universität  (Jena, Germany) mit der Arbeit, “How Parturition Affects the Social Integration of Female Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus)”
  • 2007 – 2008    Lehrkraft Moorpark College, Exotic Animal Behavior Program  (Moorpark, CA)

  • 2009 – 2014    Lehrkraft Friedrich Schiller Universität (Jena, Germany)

  • 2011 – 2016    Promotionsstudium Friedrich Schiller Universität (Jena, Germany) // Dezember 2016 Promotion zum Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude) mit der Arbeit, “Analysis of Creationism in the United States from Scopes (1925) to Kitzmiller (2005) and its Effect on the Nation’s Science Education System”
  • 2014 – Pres.    Lehrkraft Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Weimar, Germany)

  • seit 2018 wiss. Mitarbeiter, AG Biologiedidaktik der FSU Jena

Mitgliedschaften

  • European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
  • National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Theorie der Biologie (DGGTB)

Gutachtertätigkeiten (Journals)

  • Science Education
  • Science & Education
  • Protoplasma
  • The American Biology Teacher
  • Theory in Biosciences

Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Evolution and development

  • Students’ misconceptions about science

  • Informal education and free-choice learning

  • Influence of fundamentalism on scientific literacy

  • Role of emotions in education

  • Climate change science and climate change denial

  • Animal welfare and human-wildlife interactions

  • Animal behavior and behavioral ecology

  • The role of zoos in conservation and education

 

Lehre

Kurse

SoSe 2019

  • Evolution in the Classroom - A look at how we teach about human origins and how these lessons are received by different audiences
  • Schulbiologisches Praktikum (Lbio-FD2)

WiSe 2018/19

  • Evolution in the Classroom - A look at how we teach about human origins and how these lessons are received by different audiences
  • Allgemeine Fachdidaktik (Lbio-FD1G/R/E)

SoSe 2018

  • On Becoming Human – An examination of human evolution from an educational perspective

 

Betreute Abschlussarbeiten

SoSe 2019

TBA

WiSe 2018/19

  • Klose, Josephine: Das Naturkundemuseum in Berlin als außerschulischer Lernort.

  • Stürze, Jonas: Die Relevanz des Schafes in Religion, Kunst und Kultur.

  • Wittig, Tom: Entwicklung und Evaluation einer Einheit zum Thema Ökologie am Ausstellungsraum „Kalksteinbruch Jena“ im Naturkundemuseum Gera.

SoSe 2018

  • Sophia Brodhun: Die Unterrichtseinheit Evolutionsbiologie in ausgewählten Lehr- und Lernmaterialien verschiedener Bundesländer - ein Überblick.

  • Luisa Bärwolf: Das "Menschen Museum" in Berlin - ein außerschulischer Lernort.

  • Saskia Levien: Das Senckenberg Naturkundemuseum in Frankfurt am Main als außerschulischer Lernort

 

Mitorganisierte Fachtagungen

06/2018: 27. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Theorie der Biologie (DGGTB) "Biologie und Bildung", Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

04/2018: 29. AKS-Arbeitstagung, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Bücher

Watts, E. (2018) Analysis of Creationism in the United States from Scopes (1925) to Kitzmiller (2005) and its Effect on the Nation`s Science Education System. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag.

Buchbeiträge

Watts, E. (in press) A brief overview of the ethical and educational implications that arise from differences between Buddhist and Christian teachings. In: Korrenz, R., Schmidt, A., Vieweg, K., Watts, E. (eds.) West-Eastern Mirror. Virtue and Morality in the German-Chinese Dialogue. Culture and Education Series.

Hoßfeld, U., Levit, G., Watts, E. (2018) Valentin Haecker (1864-1927): A Reference Guide. In: Evolutionary Developmental Biology. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-33038-9_23-1

 

Herausgeberschaften

Korrenz, R., Schmidt, A., Vieweg, K., Watts, E. (eds.) (in press) West-Eastern Mirror. Virtue and Morality in the German-Chinese Dialogue. Culture and Education Series.

 

Papers

2019

Watts, E., Kutschera, U., Levit, G., Hossfeld, U. (2019) Ernst Haeckel’s prescient view. Nature 570(7760):164-164

Watts, E., Hoßfeld, U., Levit, G. (2019) Ecology and Evolution: Haeckel’s Darwinian Paradigm. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.04.003

Hoßfeld, U., Levit, G., Watts, E. (2019) 100 years of Phenogenetics: Valentin Haecker and his examination of the phenotype. Molecular Genetics and Genomics.

Watts, E. (in press) Understanding the full spectrum of creationist thought: from a flat earth to an intelligent designer. Verhandlungen zur Geschichte und Theorie der Biologie.

Hoßfeld, U., Levit, G., Watts, E. (2019) In the Shadow of Mendel: Valentin Haecker's first publication on phenogenetics (1915) - reprint and short commentary. Folia Mendeliana 54/12: pp. 39 - 65.

Watts, E. (2019) In search of a better means of increasing student receptivity to science: a look at American Buddhists and their disproportionately high acceptance of the theory of evolution. Cultural Studies of Science Education.

Watts, E. (2019) Teaching climate science to increase understanding and receptivity. American Biology Teacher. 

Watts, E., Hoßfeld, U., Levit, G. (2019) Climate Science Can’t Be Trumped: A look at how to translate empirical data into action. Vestnik: Political Science and Conflict Studies.

2018

Hoßfeld, U.; Levit, G., Watts E. (2018) Genetik des Äußeren. Valentin Haecker und sein Konzept der „Phänogenetik“ (1918). Biologie in unserer Zeit 48 (4): 239-245.

Porges, K., Watts, E. (2018): Soviet Biologists and Evolutionary Theory - Who made it into the textbooks in former East Germany and Why? Studies in the History of Biology (Russian Academy of Sciences), Volume 10. No. 3, p. 7487.

2017

Hoßfeld, U., Watts, E., Levit, G. (2017) Valentin Haecker (1864-1927) as a pioneer of phenogenetics: Building the bridge between genotype and phenotype. Epigenetics: official journal of the DNA Methylation Society

Hoßfeld, U., Watts, E., Levit, G. (2017) The First Darwinian Phylogenetic Tree of Plants. Trends in Plant Science 22(2):99-102.

2016

Watts, E., Levit, G., Hoßfeld, U. (2016) Science Standards: The foundation of evolution education in the United States. Perspectives in Science.

Watts, E., Hoßfeld, U., Tolstikova, I., Levit, G. (2016) Beyond borders: On the influence of the creationist movement on the educational landscape in the USA and Russia. Theory in Biosciences.

 

Vorträge

2019

Watts, E. "From conceptual conservatism to conceptual change: The how and why of mindfulness in biology education." Oral presentation at ESERA'19 Conference, Bologna Italy, August 2019.

Watts, E. "Secular Science Education as a Function of Cultural Pluralism and Equity in US American Education." Invited Oral Presentation at PROFJL International Tagung, Jena, Germany, July 2019.

2018

Watts, E. “English as a Central Tool for Science Communication and Global Advancement of Science.” Invited Oral Presentation at the AKS Annual Meeting, Weimar, Germany, April 2018.

2017

Watts, E. “Understanding the Creationist Phenomenon and Its Effect on Scientific Literacy.” Invited Oral Presentation, DGGTB Annual Meeting, Bonn, Germany, June 2017.

 

Posters

Watts, E., Hoffmann, C. "The two-sided coin of evolution education: Teachers’ competencies and students’ receptivity." ESERA'19 Conference, Bologna Italy, August 2019.

Hoffmann, C., Elizabeth, W., Knoblich, L., Porges, K., Hoßfeld, U. (2018): Biologie und Bildung im Bienenhaus. Tag der Forschung an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.