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Diana Ouellette

Diana Ouellette, M. Sc. Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences PhD Candidate
International Doctoral School "Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation" (REASON)
Member of the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB)


Leopoldstr. 15
80802 München

Room: 023
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-17445

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Short Biography
My academic background began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Materials Science. During this time, I participated in several peer-instruction opportunities for various courses and laboratory sections – initiating my interest in science education. I experimented with biomedical research as a research assistant at Harvard Medical School, turned-down an attractive PhD offer in Biology at Boston College, explored my interests in cognitive science as a Laboratory Manager at MIT, and committed to pursuing the learning sciences here in the MCLS department of LMU. In Spring 2016, I completed my Master of Science degree in Learning Sciences for which my thesis topic explored the influence of differing scaffold content on science attitudes in a digital learning environment under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Frank Fischer and in collaboration with the Forderkreis NaMu Bayern. As a member of the REASON program, I am eager to continue exploring these topics through my doctoral studies and beyond!


Dissertation Topic
The Interplay of Epistemological Beliefs and Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation



  • Masters Thesis Advisor, WiSe 2016.2017
  • Project Provider for the Project Course Learning, Instruction, Training, and Technology (LITT): SoSe 2017, WiSe 2017.2018, SoSe 2019, WiSe 2019.2020

Currently open projects:

The interplay between epistemic beliefs and scientific reasoning and argumentation: a meta-analysis


Research Interests

  • Epistemological Cognitions and Criteria
  • Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation
  • Evidence-based Decision-Making
  • Science Education
  • Instructional Design
  • Educational Technology


  • Ouellette, D., Zottmann, J., Dudko, Y., Bolzer, M., Fischer, F., and Fischer, M. (2017, March­­). Short Communication presentation at the RIME 2018 Meeting "Workplace based Learning, Teaching, and Assessment", Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • Ouellette, D., Zottmann, J., Bolzer, M., Fischer, F., and Fischer, M.R. (2016). Investigating the interplay of epistemological beliefs and scientific reasoning and argumentation. In Laitko, H., Mieg, H., and Parthey, H. (Ed.), Forschendes Lernen: Wissenschaftsforschung Jahrbuch 2016 (p. 71-86). Berlin, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin.
  • Ouellette, D., Zottmann, J., Bolzer, M., Fischer, F., and Fischer, M. (2016, August). Development of a meta-analysis coding scheme on the interplay of epistemological beliefs and scientific reasoning and argumentation. Poster session presented at the Earli 2016 Special Interest Group (SIG) 26 Meeting "Argumentation, Dialogue, and Reasoning", Ghent, Belgium.
  • Ouellette, D. L., Engelmann, K., & Fischer, F. (2015, March). Pedagogical methods for developing scientific reasoning and argumentation skills in higher education. Poster session presented at The 4th Research in Medical Education (RIME) Symposium, Munich, Germany.
  • Ouellette, D., & Harmon, J. (2004, November). Silicon carbide & poly (methyl methacrylate): Mechanical analysis of advanced nanocomposites. Poster session presented at The 56th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Research Triangle Park, NC.
  • Ouellette, S. (2017, March). Short communication presentation. 5th International Conference for Research in Medical Education (RIME), Düsseldorf, Germany.


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