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Didactics of Physics 1 including practical block course

Module PH9116

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2011/2

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2018/9WS 2011/2

Basic Information

PH9116 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Physics Modules for Students of Education

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h  h 6 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9116 in the version of WS 2011/2 was the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Seminar to the didactics of physics:

  • Educational objective, legitimation and conception of physics education
  • Competence models and standard definitions
  • Demonstration of finding and working methods in physics
  • Pupils' ideas and typical learning difficulties
  • Interest in physics education
  • Experiments in physics education (objective, types, didactical potential, devices used in school, safety)
  • Handling of media and presentation in physics education
  • Tasks of a teacher regarding pedagogical-didactical aspects

Practical block course:

  • school subject
  • training in teaching

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation at the module the student is able to:

  1. apply elementary knowledge about central fields in physics didactics
  2. develop suitable teaching approaches, concepts and methods
  3. stimulate interest in physics education
  4. prepare physics topics for school in an educational objective and pupil orientated manner
  5. handle devices and educational material commonly used in school
  6. know the tasks of a school teacher and to estimate the initial situation and the learning difficulties of pupils
  7. know methods for controlling the learning effects of pupils
  8. prepare lessons with the help of the supervising teacher
  9. estimate their own qualification and tendency to the teaching profession in a realistic manner


PH9101, PH9102, PH9103, PH9104

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Seminar: The topics are taught by board / data projector presentations and illustrated by experiments / simulations. In the group the topics are discussed in detail.

Practical block course: participation in class, training in teaching, supervision by a teacher


Presentations, free-hand experiments, simulations


  • W. Bleichroth, H. Dahncke, W. Jung, W. Kuhn, G. Merzyn, K. Weltner: Fachdidaktik Physik, Köln 1991
  • R. Duit, P. Häußler, E. Kircher: Unterricht Physik. Materialien zur Unterrichtsvorbereitung, Köln 1981
  • P. Häußler, W. Bünder, R. Duit, W. Gräber, J. Mayer: Naturwissenschaftsdidaktische Forschung: Perspektiven für die Unterrichtspraxis, Kiel 1998
  • W. Jung: Anstöße. Ein Essay über die Didaktik der Physik und ihre Probleme, Frankfurt am Main 1983
  • E. Kircher, R. Girwidz, P. Häußler: Physikdidaktik. Eine Einführung in Theorie und Praxis. Vieweg, Braunschweig/Wiesbaden 2000
  • E. Kircher, W. Schneider: Physikdidaktik in der Praxis. Springer, Berlin 2002
  • P. Labudde: Alltags-Physik in Schülerversuchen. Planung Durchführung – Auswertung – Lösungen- Unterrichtshinweise, Bonn 1989
  • P. Labudde: Erlebniswelt Physik. Beispiele: Planung – Durchführung – Auswertung – Unterrichtsmethodische Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten – Fachdidaktische Zusatzinformationen, Bonn 1993
  • H.F. Mikelskis (Hrsg.): Praxishandbuch für die Sekundarstufe I und II, Berlin 2006
  • S. Mikelskis-Seifert, T.Rabe (Hrsg.): Physikmethodik, Cornelsen Scriptor, 2007
  • H. Muckenfuß: Lernen im sinnstiftenden Kontext. Entwurf einer zeitgemäßen Didaktik des Physikunterrichts, Cornelsen, Berlin 1995
  • E. Töpfer, J. Bruhn: Methodik des Physikunterrichts, Heidelberg 1976
  • M. Wagenschein: Die pädagogische Dimension der Physik, Braunschweig 1971
  • M. Wagenschein: Verstehen lehren. Genetisch – Sokratisch – Exemplarisch, Weinheim 1991
  • J. Willer: Didaktik des Physikunterrichts, Verlag Harri Deutsch, 2003
  • H. Wiesner, H. Schecker, M. Hopf: Physikdidaktik kompakt, Hallbergmoos 2010 (im Druck)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Each participant has to do following tasks (total time 20 to 40 minutes) in order to prove that she /he has understood the fundamentals of didactics in physics and that she/he is able to apply this knowledge in selected examples:

Lecture: simulations in physics education, demonstration and discussion of a free-hand experiment

Partner lecture: pupil imaginations

Group work: educational objectives in physics education

The practical block course has to be carried out to the full extent (15 days) and the tasks given by the supervising teacher have to be done satisfactorily (especially during the 50 lessons).

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Subject-didactical teaching practicum in teaching subject
Subject-didactical teaching practicum in teaching subject
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