Partner 2        University of Bremen (UB)



The Institute for Science Education is a cross-faculty research and development institution of the University of Bremen consisting of three departments: Biology Education (currently vacant), Chemistry Education (Prof. Dr. Ingo Eilks), and Physics Education (Prof. Dr. Horst Schecker). Aspects of the history of science are deeply rooted in the teacher training program (e.g. in courses about the development of theory in physics).

Major areas of empirical research are teaching and learning processes in science, cognitive structures of science competence and science teachers’ and science student teachers’ beliefs, pedagogical content knowledge and professional development according to action research.

Major areas of research-based curriculum development are multimedia in science education, methods of science teaching, competence model-oriented tasks and problems for students, teaching about the history and nature of science, teaching of essential science concepts, development of textbooks and teaching materials.


Dr. Dietmar Höttecke studied humanities as well as physics, pedagogy and philosophy and is educated as a guide for role play. He did his PhD in the intersection of experimental physics, history of physics and science education (summa cum laude). After obtaining his teacher diploma he gained experience in science teaching on secondary-school-level. There, he focused on teaching physics through history and philosophy of science emphasizing hands-on activities of students. He is currently working as a lecturer at the physics teacher training programme at the University of Bremen. His academic activities focus on history and philosophy of science in science teaching and learning about the nature of science. Activities comprise science teacher training, vocational training, research on students’ beliefs about the nature of science, research on the history of science, development of historical case studies for science education, development of teaching material, educational film and scientific exhibitions. As one of the editors of an important German book in science education he promoted the integration of history, philosophy and nature of science issues in German science education. The same holds for his participation in the edition of a new monograph on physics education and his work on the development of a problem posing culture for science education. As a chief secretary of the German Association for Didactics of Chemistry and Physics (GDCP) he holds a key position in the German community of research on science teaching and learning and is the editor of its annual conference proceedings.