Institute of Sports Science

Sport and Education

This area of investigation focuses on educational research in sports, which deals with pedagogical and didactic questions concerning instruction in sports-related contexts. Based on education policy developments (e.g., G8) and pedagogical-didactic concepts (e.g., Erziehender Sportunterricht [educational PE], competence orientation, and norm and value education), our researchers empirically examine context conditions, learning processes, and sports-related settings’ effects. Two primary focuses are students’ living environments - especially schools, but also sports clubs - and the related question of PE teachers’ professionalisation (SK-Sp-Le and the development of didactic competencies in PE teacher training).

Within this line of research, interdisciplinary collaboration has been set up with the Institute of Educational Sciences and the Hector Institute for Educational Science and Psychology (HIB) as well as to other subject-related didactics (e.g., religion, economics, and ethics) within the framework of the Tübingen School of Education and the Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development (LEAD) Graduate School and Research Network. Close cooperation also exists with external partners from the areas of science (e.g., University of Erlangen) and PE teacher training (e.g., the Administrative Region of Tübingen).

Research projects

Current research projects



  • TPACK 4.0 - interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and research-based support for media teaching skills for teachers
  • EKSpo - Erlanger Kompetenzentwurf Sport
  • (plus) - Gesundheit und Fitness im Sportunterricht: Implementation in Sportlehrerbildung und Schulsportalltag

Completed research projects

  • SK-Sp-Le: Soziale Kompetenzen in der Sportlehrerausbildung (Hoffmann, 2012-2017)
  • NIS: Wahrnehmung und Wirkung erziehungsrelevanter sozialer Normen im Schul- und Vereinssport (Hoffmann, 2005-2016)
  • Erziehender Sportunterricht zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit (Hapke & Sygusch; 2011-2015)
  • G8: Auswirkungen des achtjährigen Gymnasiums (Hoffmann, 2009-2015)