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Basics in Didactics of Physics for Vocational Teachers (Introduction)

Module PH9121

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 2018/9 (current)

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 2018/9SS 2016

Basic Information

PH9121 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in winter 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)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9121 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • Educational objective, legitimation and conception of physics education
  • Competence models and standard definitions of didactics of physics
  • 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

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. estimate their own qualification and tendency to the teaching profession in a realistic manner



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

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


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

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Course achievement

During the didactics lecture each participant has to give a presentation (20 to 40 minutes). Possible topics are: physics simulation, phyiscs free-hand experiment, pupil imaginations of physics effects, educational objectives in physics education. It has to be shown that the obtained competences can be applied satisfactorily in given cases/examples.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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