Prof. Dr. Heike Theyßen

Head of the Theyßen Working Group on Physics Education


Room:    T03 R04 D44
Phone:   +49 201 183 3338
Fax:        +49 201 183 7372


Verena Broszeit
Room    T03 R04 D46
Phone:  +49 (0)201 183 4318
Fax:       +49 (0)201 183 7372

Office hours

By appointment online or in person
Link BBB-room

Research Interests

  • Competence modeling and -diagnostics
  • Introductory phase in physics education
  • Experiments and new media in physics education

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Curriculum Vitae

  • 2011 University Professor (W2) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Physics, Institute for Physics Education.
  • 2008 Habilitation in Physics Education, TU Dortmund, Title: "Adressatenspezifische Physikpraktika mit neuen Medien: Gegenstand von Forschung und Entwicklung (Targeted labwork courses in physics using new media - a topic in research and development)"
  • 1999 Dissertation (degree: Dr. rer. nat.), University of Bremen; Title: "Ein Physikpraktikum für Studierende der Medizin. Entwicklung und Evaluation eines adressatenspezifischen Praktikums nach dem Modell der Didaktischen Rekonstruktion (A labwork course in physics for medical students - development and evaluation of a targeted labwork course according to the model of educational reconstruction)"
  • 1996 First state teacher certification examination in physics and mathematics for teaching certification for secondary and grammar schools
  • 1993 Degree in Physics

Projects in Research and Education

  • Innovate exams, create transfer, promote equal opportunities [Prüfungen innovieren, Transfer schaffen, Chancengerechtigkeit fördern (PITCH)]; funded by Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre Project info [german only]
  • Influence of the promotion of specific types of knowledge on academic success in biology and physics [Einfluss der Förderung spezifischer Wissensarten auf Studienerfolg in Biologie und Physik (EASTER)], funded by the BMBF; in collaboration with the University of Potsdam Project Info [german only]
  • PracticeLab Physics, sub-project in ProViel, supported by the BMBF within the framework of "Quality campaign teacher training" Project Info [german only]
  • Promoting young talent in STEM courses [MiLeNa: Nachwuchsförderung in den MINT-Studiengängen], in collaboration with: RWTH Aachen,  the University of Bonn and the University of Wuppertal Project Info [german only]
  • Forstering experimental skills with worked examples and incremental scaffolds [Lösungsbeispiele und gestufte Lernhilfen zur Unterstützung des Erwerbs experimenteller Fähigkeiten], sub-project of post graduate programme SUSe I, funded by the MI-WF NRW; Post graduate programme [german only]
Completed Projects [german only]