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Fachdidaktik and the Development of Generalised Subject Didactics in Germany

Helmut Johannes Vollmer
p. 23-34

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Introduction : What is Fachdidaktik ?
Development of individual subject didactics in Germany since the 1970s
Founding of the “Association for Fachdidaktik” as a platform for all subject didactics
Towards a Generalized Subject Didactics
Searching for a common core between individual subject didactics
The three columns of Allgemeine Fachdidaktik integrated
A bottom-up approach of comparing different subject didactics
Anthropological dimensions
Socio-cultural dimensions
Relationship between GSD and individual subject didactics
Advantages of having a construct and a platform for GSD
On the conceptual/theoretical level
On the institutional level
On the level of communication and discourse

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Introduction : What is Fachdidaktik ?

The German term Didaktik, independent of its historical roots and shades of meaning, traditionally denominates the science of teaching and learning, relating to the formation of human beings and thus to any content or content-based skills inside and outside school. In this wide understanding, all places and institutions transferring knowledge or “teaching” consciously would have an underlying didactic dimension. Museums for art or history or for experiencing aspects of natural sciences, for example, as much as broadcasts on television featuring non-fictional topics would be included : they have a didactic purpose. Their goal is to inform, to sensitize or to convince different audiences about something important. They want to pass on (new) knowledge or to differentiate already existing knowledge, in whatever ways, but successfully so. Thus, goal...

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Helmut Johannes Vollmer, « Fachdidaktik and the Development of Generalised Subject Didactics in Germany », Éducation et didactique, 8-1 | 2014, 23-34.

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Helmut Johannes Vollmer, « Fachdidaktik and the Development of Generalised Subject Didactics in Germany », Éducation et didactique [En ligne], 8-1 | 2014, mis en ligne le 15 septembre 2016, consulté le 15 décembre 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/educationdidactique.1861

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Helmut Johannes Vollmer

Universität Osnabrück

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