Tübingen School of Education (TüSE)


Subjects Didactics and Educational Sciences: a comparative perspective on contents and aims of subject didactics and educational sciences within teaching degree programs

Brief Description

Subject didactics and educational studies are fundamental and characteristic elements of teacher education in Germany and many other countries. From an international perspective, it is clear that “subject didactic and educational elements” manifest differently in the curricula of different countries and serve different purposes.

The goal is to identify regional (or national) differences between didactic and educational courses, which are examined in the context of educational policy requirements. These differences are related to perspectives of educational experts from various countries in order to create a typology.

Research Design

The data collection includes a document analysis, which analyzes ministerial and university guidelines for secondary-level teacher education programs in various countries. In a second part of the study, interviews will be conducted with experts involved in teacher education. Data is collected in up to four European countries.


1. Document analysis: Evaluation of conditions at four European universities (in four different countries)

1.1 Political requirements

1.2 University curricula and module plans

2. Expert interviews with education researchers from the fields of subject didactics, education sciences, and school pedagogy

Financial Support

Ministry of Arts and Scciences Baden-Württemberg support program "Teacher Education in Baden-Württemberg", funding line 1

Additional funding from the University of Tübingen

Time frame

2016 - 2021

People Involved

Elisabeth Hofmann, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl, Prof. Dr. Karin Amos, Prof. Dr. Uwe Küchler


Elisabeth Hofmann
elisabeth.hofmannspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de