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DPG Teacher Training

The DPG promotes the professional and didactic advanced training of teachers. Up to five teacher training courses per year with different focuses and target groups are offered at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef. Teachers' days for further training of teachers are also offered during the DPG spring meetings.

Only a few years after the founding of the Physikzentrum as a meeting place for physicists, the idea was born to offer teachers professional training at the highest level. In April 1983, the first advanced training course sponsored by the German Physical Society (DPG) was held with great success. Since then, up to five recognised advanced training courses on current research topics have been offered every year.

How is a DPG teacher training programme organised?

In order to include the interests of teaching, the courses are usually organised by one specialist scientist and one physics didactician. In this way, the purely technical perspective is supplemented by a didactic perspective and the participants are promoted holistically. As a rule, 50 to 80 participants take part in further training. These come from all over Germany, which creates interesting opportunities to exchange experiences about the respective school system.

Who can register for the DPG teacher training programme?

In principle, anyone who is interested can register for the advanced training courses, but the courses are primarily aimed at committed physics teachers, trainee teachers and teacher training candidates. The latter two groups of participants can participate with a reduced participation fee.