Astrid Kaiser

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Astrid Kaiser (2006)

Astrid Kaiser (* 7. August 1948 in Astfeld , resin ) is a German educationalist , emeritus professor of didactics of Science Education at the University of Oldenburg and former director of the Institute of Education .


In 1967 she passed the Abitur at the Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium in Goslar . Kaiser studied teaching from 1967 to 1970 at the University of Education in Hanover and from 1970 to 1975 at the University of Marburg educational science, sociology and psychology. She did her doctorate there in 1982 under Wolfgang Klafki with a paper on the socialization of teacher students. She completed her teaching internship from 1975 to 1977 at the Lohra elementary school in the Marburg-Biedenkopf district of Hesse. She worked as a secondary school teacher at the Theodor Heuss School in Marburg (1971) and later as a primary school teacher at the Fuldatal School in Kassel . From 1982 to 1987, she taught in the Faculty of Economics as a research assistant for didactics of subject teaching with a focus on economics at Bielefeld University . In 1988 appointed as a lecturer at the University of Kassel and the University of Essen. From 1989 to 1991 she switched to school practice as a teacher at the Diesterweg School and Sudbrack School in Bielefeld . 1990–1991 lecturer at the University of Osnabrück. In 1992 she took on a substitute professorship for elementary school education ( Ariane Garlich's chair ) at the University of Kassel . In 1993 she was delegated to the Ministry of Education in Düsseldorf for the evaluation of the school experiment carried out at 80 schools in North Rhine-Westphalia, “Common teaching for disabled and non-disabled children”, then on September 1, 1993 she was appointed professor for teaching material teaching at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg . She has not accepted calls from other universities, the University of Rostock and the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster.


Kaiser was born as the only daughter of a refugee family from the former German eastern territories, the province of Posen. The parents, Berthold Westphal and Elfriede Westphal, geb. Gollnik, operated a secondary farm settlement. She was married to Hans-Rainer Kaiser (deceased). Astrid Kaiser has two sons and three grandchildren.


Astrid Kaiser is the author of numerous magazine articles and book chapters as well as the editor and author of 60 books and also the editor of several book series. Translations of individual books are available in Japanese and Korean. She gained more than ten years of practical experience, mainly as a primary school teacher, and at the same time has many years of university teaching experience at various universities ( Philipps University Marburg , University of Bielefeld , University of Osnabrück , University of Kassel ). In 1994 she founded the RÖSA (regional ecological teaching workshop ) based on ecological principles at the University of Oldenburg. This was one of the first university primary school educational learning workshops in Germany.

Kaiser was the head of various research projects on elementary schools , general teaching , gender dimensions in schools, ecological learning, and natural and social science learning in elementary schools. She cooperates in research and development with scientists from Chile , Argentina , England and Japan . Her major research stays were in Indonesia / Sumatra with the matrilineal Minangkabau (1992), England (2003), Southeast Asia (2004), Central America (2007) and Chile (2001, 2005, 2006 and 2011). She was the contact person for the university cooperation with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Valparaíso / Chile and the Universidad de Arte y Sciencias Sociales (ARCIS) in Santiago de Chile . Further collaborations on the focus of Yámana research (Yágan research) exist with the Universidad Autónoma in Concepción del Uruguay ( Juan José Rossi ) and the Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Marisol Palma) in Santiago de Chile. From 1999 to 2002 she was a member of the education council of the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony . In 2001, she transformed as part of the state initiative N21 learning workshop Rösa , which produces learning material according to ecological principles as a virtual learning environment under the name Lesa21 . In 2005, the work center for child research was founded on the 10th anniversary of the learning workshop.

Since 2008 she has been leading several projects on the transition from elementary school to primary school. Kaiser is a founding member of the Center for Women and Gender Studies as well as of the interdisciplinary didactic doctoral program "Didactic teaching and learning research - Didactic reconstruction " (Prodid I), she is involved in the successor programs Prodid II , ProfaS and LÜP . In 2011 she carried out a field research project lasting several months with the Yámana on Isla Navarino .

Astrid Kaiser has accompanied and supervised a number of habilitations and doctorates, including a. Detlef Pech, Professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin , Charlotte Röhner , Professor Bergische Universität Wuppertal , currently Senior Research Professor at the University of Frankfurt , Simone Seitz , Professor at the Free University of Bozen , previously Professor at the University of Paderborn and the University of Bremen, Claudia Schomaker, a professor at the University of Hannover , Andrea Becher, a professor at the University of Paderborn , Silke Pfeiffer, a professor at the University of Applied Sciences of the middle class , location Rostock , Tim pipe man , a professor in Hildesheim (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, HAWK ), Iris Baumgardt, professor at the University of Vechta . Stine Albers is a junior professor for educational science / pedagogy and didactics at the primary level (focus on subject teaching) at the PH Ludwigsburg . Julia Menger teaches as an academic adviser at the European University of Flensburg .

Kaiser participated as an expert in various accreditation procedures. After retiring, she works on a voluntary basis for the Senior Expert Service u. a. in the areas of pre-school education (in Uganda and South Africa ), higher education advice (in Indonesia and Uzbekistan) and educational policy advice. 2016 Advising the National Council for Family Affairs in Amman , Jordan , as a senior expert in the implementation of the National Childhood Plan. 2018 as a senior expert advising the IAIN University on Ternate / Northern Moluccas in Indonesia on setting up the pre-school education course. 2019 Advising the teaching staff of the state university in Urganch , Uzbekistan , on the development of new didactic-methodological approaches to teaching and learning and child psychology in the Faculty of Education, departments for primary school and preschool.

She is also active as the editor of the book series "Basiswissen Grundschule" at Schneider Verlag and as an author. She does numerous readings.


Astrid Kaiser's work integrates two branches of research, gender research, which focuses on heterogeneity, and non-specialist didactics , which is geared towards motivated learning for all children . Since 1994 she has been developing the conceptual approach of communicative didactics to communicative, action-oriented teaching of subjects . It is characterized by a close connection between theory and practice and published a wide range of practical suggestions with a strong ecological profile, in which resource conservation is the focus. Her work is geared towards social and societal innovations and, with the model of the Caring Curriculum ( Nel Noddings ), is based on guidelines for social responsibility. A central goal of their educational work is the creation of equal opportunities . In this context there are also first name studies that she leads, the aim of which is to find out whether prejudices are associated with certain first names . After retiring, she also expanded her work to include the genre of children's books, which relate to the problems and acceptance of outsiders . Her anthropological focus has been found in scientific and didactic publications on the Minangkabau on Sumatra and the Yámana / Yágan in the south of Tierra del Fuego. This interest also shows through in the world travel book “In 60 days as a woman alone around the world”, which was published after retirement .

Completed third-party funded projects

  • Regional local studies, sponsored by: Joint State Planning Bremen Lower Saxony (1994–1996)
  • Social integration in a boys and girls-friendly elementary school, funded by: BMBF and Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture (1997–2000)
  • Biographical reconstruction of non-stereotypical male socialization processes, sponsored by: MWK Niedersachsen (1999–2001)
  • LESA21, virtual learning workshop Funded by: N21 , Ministry of Education, Lower Saxony (2001-2004)
  • Doctoral program didactic reconstruction . Prodid I. Subproject Science Education. Funded by: MWK Lower Saxony (2001-2004)
  • Development of a modular system for basic chemical education in cooperation between the primary school and the RÖSA learning workshop at the University of Oldenburg, funding by: Fonds der Chemischen Industrie in the Association of the Chemical Industry (2002)
  • Development of problem-related tasks to check the standard of performance for basic scientific and chemical education in elementary school age, funding by: Fonds der Chemischen Industrie in the Association of the Chemical Industry (2003-2004)
  • Practical concept for primary school biotopes, sponsored by the Lower Saxony Lottery Foundation and EWE Foundation (2003-2005)
  • Doctoral program Didactic Reconstruction, Prodid. II. Subject teaching sub-project. Funding by: MWK Lower Saxony (2005–2008)
  • Evaluation and transfer of a special concept for parent and family education, funding by nifbe (2009-2010)
  • 'Exploring the world together' - cross-age subject education processes in the transition from elementary to primary. Project to research cross-aged peer tutoring (lead by Claudia Schomaker), funded by nifbe (2009–2011)
  • Energy education for sustainable energy supply and use. Sub-project 7 Subject teaching, funding by the Lower Saxony Future and Innovation Fund (2008–2011)
  • Children's life of the Yámana . Field study on Isla Navarino . Scientific cooperation with Argentine Yámana research. BMBF (2011)
  • “Learning to work together. Early political and social science educational processes ”. Funding by BMBF (2011–2012)
  • Doctoral program processes of subject-didactic structuring, sub-project subject teaching. Funding by: MWK Lower Saxony (2010-2013)
  • Research-based learning to develop and empirically test teaching-learning strategies for heterogeneous learning groups in inclusive subject teaching, FOL program, University of Oldenburg (first phase: 2012–2015)
  • “Learning processes in the transition area - empirically investigating and modeling practical phases of teacher training students” (LÜP). MWK Lower Saxony (2013-2016)
  • A Comparison of Children's Behavior Patterns: A Cross cultural Photo Analysis from a New Anthropological Perspective. Funded by the China Scholarship Council 2013–2018, implementation: Yani Zheng

Congress organization

  • 10th Federal Congress Women and School "Women Strengths - Change School" from 7th to 9th March 1996 in Oldenburg
  • 19th Federal Conference of the Society for Didactics of General Education ( GDSU ) from March 4 to 6, 2010 in Oldenburg

Fonts (selection)


  • Kaiser, Astrid (2018): Around the world alone as a woman in 60 days. Reiseuch Verlag, ISBN 978-3-947334-19-3
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Seitz, Simone (2017): Inclusive teaching. Theory and practice. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag , ISBN 978-3-8340-1797-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Oubaid, Nadja (2016): About the little pig that doesn't want to get dirty. Oldenburg: Isensee Verlag , ISBN 978-3-7308-1286-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2015): Travel Guide for University Careers. Between snake pit and science oasis. Opladen & Toronto: Verlag Barbara Budrich UTB, ISBN 978-3-8252-4453-8
  • Kaiser, Astrid (ed.) (2015): Innovative survey methods. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-1537-2
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Renate Zimmer (2015): Moving subject teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-1486-3
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2014): Practical book dealing with subject teaching volume 4. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 2nd edition 2016, ISBN 978-3-8340-1362-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Lüschen, Iris (2014): Learning to work together. Early political-social educational processes. An empirical study of subject learning in the context of peer education between elementary school and kindergarten: Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-1288-3 .
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2020): 1000 tricks and tips for primary school. Baltmannsweiler : Schneider Verlag, 12th edition 2020 ISBN 978-3-8340-1240-1 .
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Lüschen, Iris / Kaufeld, Dorothea (2013): Renewable energies in the transition from kindergarten to primary school. Volume 3: Wind, solar and water energy. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-1178-7
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2013): "Indians" in material teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-1145-9
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2011): Practical Guide to Primary School Projects. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-1362-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Lüschen, Iris / Reimer, Monika (2011): Renewable energies in primary school. Volume 2. Wind, water and bioenergy. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag , 2nd edition 2014, ISBN 978-3-8340-0992-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Schmetz, Ditmar / Wachtel, Peter / Werner, Birgit (eds.) (2011): Didactics and teaching. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag , ISBN 978-3-17-019633-9
  • Giest, Hartmut / Kaiser, Astrid / Schomaker, Claudia (2011): General teaching - on the way to inclusion. Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt , ISBN 978-3-7815-1798-1
  • Albers, Stine / Kaiser, Astrid (2010): Learning through learning tasks in material lessons. A critical textbook analysis. Oldenburg: DIZ Verlag. Oldenburg preprints
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2010): The first baby year. How babies learn for life. Hanover: Humboldt Verlag, ISBN 978-3-86910-612-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Lüschen, Iris / Reimer, Monika (2010): Renewable energies in primary schools. Energy (save) - solar energy. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 3rd edition 2015, ISBN 978-3-8340-1037-7
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Schmetz, Ditmar / Wachtel, Peter / Werner, Birgit (eds.) (2010): Education and Upbringing. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-17-019632-2
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Röhner, Charlotte (2009): Sachunterricht. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag. 2nd edition 2016, ISBN 978-3-8340-0469-7
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2007): Human education in times of disaster. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-0225-9
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pfeiffer, Silke (2007): Elementary school education in modules. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8340-0286-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2006): Practical book intercultural subject teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2006, ISBN 978-3-8340-0151-1
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2006): New introduction to the didactics of general teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 5th edition 2014, ISBN 978-3-8340-0728-5
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2005): Raising boys correctly. Freiburg: Velber Verlag, ISBN 978-3-86613-412-6
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Ed.) (2005): Coeducation and boys. 2nd Edition. Weinheim: UTB, ISBN 978-3-8252-8307-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pech, Detlef (Hrsg.) (2004): History and historical conceptions of general teaching. Basic knowledge of subject teaching volume 1. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 3rd edition 2016, ISBN 978-3-8340-0387-4
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pech, Detlef (eds.) (2004): Newer concepts and objectives of the subject teaching. Basic knowledge of subject teaching volume 2. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2004, 2nd edition 2008, ISBN 978-3-8340-0388-1
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pech, Detlef (Hrsg.) (2004): Integrative approaches for subject teaching. Basic knowledge of subject teaching volume 3. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2004, 2nd edition 2008, ISBN 978-3-8340-0389-8
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pech, Detlef (Hrsg.) (2004): Learning requirements and learning in the subject teaching. Basic knowledge subject teaching volume 4. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2004, 3rd edition 2013, ISBN 978-3-8340-0390-4
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pech, Detlef (Hrsg.) (2004): Lesson planning and methods. Basic knowledge of subject teaching, volume 5. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 5th edition 2015, ISBN 978-3-8340-0391-1
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Pech, Detlef (Hrsg.) (2004): The world as a starting point for general teaching. Basic knowledge of subject instruction Volume 6. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2004, 2nd edition 2008, ISBN 978-3-8340-0392-8
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Mannel, Susanne (2004): Chemistry in primary school. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89676-766-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid and coworkers (2003): Project gender equitable primary school - reports from practice. Opladen: Leske + Budrich, ISBN 978-3-8100-3764-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2003): Future images of children of the world. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89676-698-4
  • Bönsch, Manfred / Kaiser, Astrid (Mitarb.) (2002): Teaching methods - creative and diverse. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 2nd edition 2006, ISBN 978-3-89676-584-0
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Nacken, Karola / Pech, Detlef (2002): Social integration in a boys and girls-friendly elementary school. Münster: Lit Verlag , ISBN 978-3-8258-6146-9
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2001): Workbook on the didactics of general teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89676-449-2
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Ed.) (2001): Practice book girls and boys hours. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89676-440-9
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Wigger, Maria u. a. (2000): Examples of work in a girls and boys-friendly elementary school. Hildesheim: NLI reports 65 ( digitized version )
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2000): 1000 rituals for primary school. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2000, 9th edition 2014, ISBN 978-3-8340-1064-3
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Hrsg.) (2000): Practical book of trading subjects, volume 3. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 6th edition 2010, ISBN 978-3-8340-0360-7
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Röhner, Charlotte (ed.) (2000): Children in the 21st century. Münster: Lit Verlag , 2nd edition 2013, ISBN 978-3-8258-4407-3
  • Kaiser, Astrid (2000): Pimples, sex and always noise. Munich: Südwest-Verlag , ISBN 978-3-517-06189-4
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1999): Learning to teach differently. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 1999, 2nd edition 2003, ISBN 978-3-89676-144-6
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1999): My son shouldn't become a macho. Munich: Südwest Verlag, ISBN 978-3-517-07813-7 (translated into Korean by Nexus Verlag)
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1998): Practical book dealing with subject teaching volume 2. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 1998, 9th edition 2016, ISBN 978-3-89676-573-4
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Carle, Ursula (1998): Children's rights. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89676-045-6
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Ed.) (1997): Lexikon Sachunterricht. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 1997, 4th edition 2008, ISBN 978-3-8340-0435-2
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Ed.) (1997): Coeducation and boys. Weinheim: UTB Beltz Verlag, 2nd edition 2005, ISBN 3-89271-712-5
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Hrsg.) (1997): Stories for the subject teaching. Essen: Neue deutsche Schule Verlag, ISBN 978-3-87964-293-9
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1996): Learning requirements of girls and boys for socio-scientific subject instruction. 2nd edition Oldenburg: ZpB-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8142-0553-3
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1996): Girls and Boys in a Matrilineal Culture - Interactions and Values ​​in Elementary School Children in the Minangkabau Highlands on Sumatra. Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovač , ISBN 978-3-86064-419-5
  • Kaiser, Astrid (Ed.) (1996): FrauenStärken - Change School. Bielefeld: Kleine Verlag, ISBN 978-3-89370-230-5
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1996): Practical book for trading subjects, volume 1. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag, 14th edition 2015, ISBN 978-3-8340-1043-8 , Japanese translation: Harada, Noboyuki / Harada, Sayori / Terao, Shinichi / Otomo , Hideako: Topic - bezu Sogo gakushu. Doitzu no Kyoiku tono Sissen taiwa - Nisiu itteheikino Gakkou wo hi-raku. Practice of interdisciplinary learning by topic. Practical dialogue with teaching in Germany - opening of a new school of the 21st century. Kyoto: Kitaoji-Shobo Verlag 1999
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1995): Introduction to the didactics of general teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 9th edition 2004, ISBN 978-3-89676-629-8
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1992): Housework at school? Pfaffenweiler: Centaurus Verlag , ISBN 978-3-89085-531-8
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1989): Resettling - resettling - settling - settling. Pedagogical diary of a beginning class with children from Eastern Europe, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Heinsberg: Dieck Verlag, ISBN 978-3-88852-087-7
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Zeschmar-Lahl, Barbara u. a. (1987): Ecological washing in elementary school. Cologne: Pahl-Rugenstein Verlag , ISBN 3-7609-1195-1
  • Kaiser, Astrid / Oubaid, Monika (eds.) (1986): German pedagogues of the present. Cologne - Vienna: Böhlau Verlag , ISBN 3-412-03586-6
  • Kaiser, Astrid (1982): Socialization of Teaching Students. Frankfurt: Haag & Herchen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-88129-490-4

Co-editor of book series

  • Basic knowledge of elementary school. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag (ongoing, volume 42 published in 2020)
  • with Rainer Winkel : Basics of school education. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag (ongoing, Volume 69 published in 2017)
  • with Detlef Pech: Basic knowledge of subject teaching. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag (6 volumes, completed)
  • with Manfred Bönsch: Basic knowledge of pedagogy: teaching concepts and structures. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag (6 volumes, completed)
  • with Charlotte Röhner : Contributions to the world of children. Münster: Lit Verlag (ongoing, volume 13 published)
  • Writings on pedagogy. Göttingen: Verlag Duerkohp & Radicke (13 volumes, completed)
  • with Susanne Miller: Competent in primary school teaching. 7 volumes on: German lessons (volume 1), non-fiction lessons (volume 2), music lessons (volume 3), English lessons (volume 4), mathematics lessons (volume 5), art lessons (volume 6) and physical education (volume 7) (series completed)

About Astrid Kaiser

  • Kaiser, Astrid: From educational experiences as a girl on the way to becoming an educational scientist. Autobiographical representation of the educational career. In: Anne Schlüter (Ed.): Educators in women and gender studies. Opladen: Budrich Verlag 2008, ISBN 978-3-86649-155-7 , pp. 97-113
  • Becher, Andrea u. a. (Ed.): Communicative teaching. Festschrift for Astrid Kaiser. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2013
  • Astrid Kaiser: If it doesn't work, the rule is probably wrong! A professor in teacher training tells us. In: Reinhard Stähling / Wenders, Barbara: Disobedience in school service. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag 2009, pp. 163–171

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