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Dr. Tom Bielik

Tom Bielik

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Schwendenerstr. 1
Raum 2.05a
14195 Berlin


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Academic and Professional Experience


Research Associate, Department of Biology Didactics, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany. Research focused on investigating pre-service biology teachers’ modeling practices and engagement in advanced technology-rich learning environments.


Project director, Personalized Teaching and Learning (PeTeL), Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.



Project director, Taking Citizen Science to School, Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Technion, Israel.


Research Associate, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University, MI, USA. Research focused on NSF-funded projects for developing and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Supporting Secondary Students in Building Scientific Modeling.
  • Investigating Optimal Learning Moments in the US and Finland Science Classes Using Project-Based Learning.
  • Exploring Potential Learning Trajectories for the Energy Concept.

Science and biology teacher, ‘Katzir’ middle school, Rehovot, Israel.


Program director, Hands-on outreach program for at-risk youth, Davidson Institute for Science Education, Rehovot, Israel.


2010-2015 Ph.D. in Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Anat Yarden, Department of Science Teaching. Thesis: Characterizing the Teaching and Learning of Inquiry and Scientific Practices in the Bio-Tech Program for High School Biotechnology Majors. Received August 27, 2015. Available at: https://doi.org/10.34933/wis.000062.
2013-2014 Teaching certificate for high-school biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
2006-2008 M.Sc. in Cell Biology, Tel Aviv University, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Marcello Ehrlich, Department of Cell research and Immunology. Thesis: Dab2 Protein Involvement During Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in Advanced Cancer Stages.
2002-2005 B.Sc. in Animal Science, cum laude, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew                           University, Israel.  

Academic Activities and Awards

Rising Star 2.0 Scholarship Recipient at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. November 2019.

German-Israeli Minerva School participant: Reasoning with Models and Modeling in the Big Data Era. September 2020, Israel.

Chairman and organizer of the Developing and using models in classroom international conference. June 2018, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Reviewer for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, Journal of Science Education and Technology, and other journals.

International Scholar of the Month, Michigan State University, April 2017.

NARSTStrand 4 coordinator for annual conferences, 2016-2018.

Critical Thinking for Biology Teachers. Graduate Program for pre-service biology teachers, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

Bielik T., Krell M., Dalen I., & Ben-Zvi Assaraf O. Review of Systems Thinking Using Bibliometric Analysis. (in preparation).

Bielik T., Jagemann J., Krell M., Krüger D., & Ben Zvi Assaraf O. Using Concept Maps to Evaluate Preservice Biology Teachers‘ Conceptualization of Covid-19 as Complex Phenomena. (in preparation)

Bielik T., Engelschalt P., Krell M., Upmeier zu Belzen A., & Krüger D. Evaluating Pre-Service Biology Teachers’ Metamodeling Knowledge of the Modeling Process Using a Diagramming Tool. (in preparation).

Eidin E., Bielik T., Touitou I., & Krajcik J. Characterizing the opportunities and challenges students experience when constructing models using computational and systems thinking. Science Education (under review).

Göhner M, Bielik T., & Krell M. (2022). Investigating the dimensions of modeling competence among pre-service science teachers. Journal of Research in Science Education. https://doi.org/10.1002/tea.21759

Bielik T., & Krüger D. (2022). Perceived Relevance of Critical Thinking Aspects for Biology Graduate Students. Journal of Biological Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2022.2026806

Bielik T., Stephens L., McIntyre C., Damelin D., & Krajcik J. (2021) Supporting Student System Modeling Practice Through Curriculum and Technology Design. Journal of Science Education and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-021-09943-y

Bielik T., Finnie K., Peek-Brown D., Klager C., Touitou I., Schneider B. & Krajcik J. (2021). High School Teachers’ Perspective on Shifting Towards Teaching NGSS-Aligned Project-Based Learning Curricula Units. Journal of Science Teacher Education. DOI: 10.1080/1046560X.2021.1961973

Bielik T., & Friedrich B. (2021). Creating Much Out of Nothing: The Relationship between Fritz Haber and Chaim Weizmann. The Israel Chemist and Chemical Engineer, 7 (22-29).

Bielik T., Fonio E., Feinerman, O., Golan R. T., & Levy S. T. (2021). Working Together: Integrating Computational Modeling Approaches to Investigate Complex Systems. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 30 (40-57).

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