Practical exercises on epistemic stance

Being aware of your own epistemic stance is crucial in conducting conversations about topics in the natural sciences with children, and this insight should be a part of all the practical tasks we suggest in the practice section on this website as well as in real-life conversations that you have with children.

Step 1:

  1. Get together in pairs or in a larger group
  2. Take any object at hand 
  3. First introduce and describe the object very passively and without interest 
  4. Change the inner attitude towards the object and present it with full enthusiasm to the others


  • Observe the difference in yourself and the listeners 
  • How did you feel? What has changed? 
  • Recognise that the inner attitude towards any object of interaction significantly influences the further course of a conversation 


Step 2:

  1. Walk through the room showing lowinterest in anything and very low energy
  2. Reflect on what it does with your mentality and body language
  3. Change your attitude to being very interested and excited about life and everything that’s around you 
  4. Take that attitude and let it guide you through the room 
  5. Reflect on what it does with your mentality and body language


  • What did you experience? 
  • How did it feel? What changed with the change in the inner attitude? 
  • Recognise that the inner attitude influences not only your conversations but your whole outlook on life as well as the body language