University of Duisburg-Essen (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
The section of engineering education, including four chairs being part of the CETE-Network, shows special expertise: the chair for educational research is concerned with early educational processes (from kindergarten until grade 7) - with specials regards to early engineering education, primary school and its transitions, the engineering socialisation in families as well as to gender studies in this field. This chair is held by CETE’s project manager Prof. Dr. Ingelore Mammes.
The chairs of engineering and its didactics with the expertise of Prof. Dr. Stefan Fletcher and Prof. Dr. Martin Lang cover the field of engineering education, especially in primary and secondary schools, but also partly in vocational training.
The chair of vocational education and business education, held by Prof. Dr. Dieter Münk, covers not only the field of vocational education, but is also concerned with the field of engineering pedagogics as well as with the overall industrial-technical vocational education in the framework of secondary schools (vocational training) and the field of vocational training and professional development.
Prof. Dr. paed. habil. Ingelore Mammes
School Research K-7
Currently Prof. Dr. Ingelore Mammes holds the chair for educational research with particular consideration of early educational processes at the faculty of educational sciences at University Duisburg-Essen.
From 2009 until 2011 she held a professorship for classroom research at the University of Paderborn and took over the scientific direction of the student lab (coolMINT). In her postdoctoral thesis, composed at the University of Bamberg from 2002 until 2007, she dealt with thinking patterns of teaching staff as a challenge for the development of lessons the subjects of nature and engineering.
From 2001 until 2002 Prof. Dr. Mammes was a visiting professor for technical elementary education at the University of Kassel. In her doctorate between 1997 and 2001 at the University of Münster she examined the interest of girls and boys in engineering with special regard to gender.
Prof. Dr. Mammes is responsible for several projects dealing with engineering education (for instance “on the meaning of engineering education for self-education”; “the conception of a subject on nature and engineering”; “Kids’ Engineering Day” (KIngs Day); “ParentChild-University”).
She is an advisory board member of the research institution “INSPIRE” (Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning) at Purdue University. As chairwoman she is leading the committee “Engineering at primary schools” at The Association of German Engineers (VDI). Prof. Dr. Mammes also is an advisory board member of “Engineering and Society”, the German Association for Engineering Education (DGTB), the Association for Didactics of Science Classes (GDSU), the Association for Didactics of Chemistry and Physics (GDCP), the German Association for Educational Sciences (DGfE) as well as of the work group for Empiric Educational Research (AEPF). She is an editorial board member of the magazines “Pre-College Engineering Education Research” (J-PEER) and “International Journal for Technology and Design Education”.
Prof. Dr. phil. Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Fletcher
Institute of Technology and Didactics of Technology
Prof. Dr. Stefan Fletcher has been holding the chair for Engineering and its Didactics with the collaboration of Prof. Dr. Martin Lang at University of Duisburg Essen’s faculty for Engineering Sciences since 2008.
On completion of his studies of mechanical engineering Prof. Dr. Fletcher started a study programme for teaching profession at vocational training schools and graduated in 1997 with the First State Examination. After completing his traineeship and the Second State Examination he worked as a research associate and later as a research assistant in Duisburg, Karlsruhe and Magdeburg in manifold fields of industrial-technical teacher training. Subsequent to his doctorate in 2003 at the University of Magdeburg, he accepted a professorship for technical communications and didactics of technical disciplines at the Technical and Business University of Aalen in 2004. Here he created the new study programme “Engineering Pedagogics” and later on lead it as academic dean.
At his current location in Essen, Prof. Dr. Fletcher set up a video lab for classroom research and does research in the field of teaching methodology for engineering on learning processes as well as in the field of computerised teaching and learning media. He is a member of the executive board for the Centre of Empirical Research in Education (ZeB) and for the Centre of Teacher Training (ZLB) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Further, he is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Journal of Technical Education (JOTED).
Prof. Dr. Martin Lang
Institute of Technology and Didactics of Technology
Prof. Dr. Martin Lang has held the professorship for technology and didactics of technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2010. At the chair that is settled in the faculty of engineering sciences, soon-to-be teachers for engineering education for primary, secondary and vocational schools.
Prof. Dr. Lang’s current research interests extend to the development, planning and evaluation of teaching and learning concepts in the subject of engineering (contributing in research projects of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on “writing in the specialised classes of secondary education, taking Turkish into account - SchriFT”), the development and implementation of concepts for fostering interest in engineering (educational initiative KidsgoMINT), analysing academic learning and success in engineering study courses (participation in the German research community - researcher group “academic learning and success in the initial phase of MINT study courses - ALSTER”), the theory and practice of teacher training, the promotion of self-controlled and cooperative learning and the use and evaluation of e-learning-concepts (esy-Technik; ViTeLa).
Prof. Dr. Martin Lang is a member of the Centre for Teacher Training (ZLB) at the University of Duisburg-Essen and of the Centre for Empiric Educational Research (ZeB) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Also, he is a member of the scientific advisory board to the Journal of Technical Education (JOTED) and of the department for vocational and business education at the German Society for Studies in Education (DGfE). In addition, he is a member of the German Association for Engineering Education (DGTB).
Prof. Dr. habil. Dieter Münk
Institute for Vocational and Business Pedagogics
Currently Prof. Dr. Dieter Münk works as a professor for vocational and business pedagogics at the faculty for educational sciences at University of Duisburg Essen. In 2010 Prof. Dr. Münk was appointed to be an expert by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), representing Germany in the OECD workgroup “Learning for Jobs”.
From 2002 until 2009 he was a professor for vocational and business pedagogics, focussing on European VET/PET research at TU Dortmund. 2004 he took part in building a cooperative Masters Course in Indonesia (International Master VET: Minister of national Education Indonesia).
By order of the German Association for International Collaboration (GIZ) he served as a consultant CVET for Tongij University Shanghai/China (VET, Education for teachers at vocational schools at University Level) as well as a consultant for constructing a double-degree Masters Course joint with Vietnam (VET, Education for teachers at vocational schools at University Level) from 2004 until 2009. From 2001 until 2002 he worked as an assistant professor in the section of vocational and business pedagogics at TH Karlsruhe (today: KIT).
Prof. Dr. Dieter Münk’s focuses in research are European VET/PET research, teacher training, the system of vocational training and advanced training, including the transitional system. He offers manifold research experience and took part in various European research projects by order of the European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP/Thessaloniki).
His research projects address topics of initial vocational training, the transitional system and of advanced vocational education in the context of lifelong learning; further his research also addresses European VET/PET research.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Münk is a member of the German Association for Sociology (DGS) as well as the German Association for Educational Science (DGfE). Further, he is a member of the European Research-Network Education and Culture (VETNET) and the European Research Association (EERA).