Tilman Grammes

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Tilman Grammes (born February 10, 1957 in Wiesbaden ) is a German educational scientist specializing in didactics of social science subjects and political education .


After graduating from high school (1975), Grammes studied at the Dilthey-Gymnasium in Wiesbaden at the Free University of Berlin for teaching at grammar schools with the subjects of German , social studies and philosophical propaedeutics (1st state examination 1980). In addition, he completed a degree in educational science with a master's degree (1986) and obtained his doctorate. phil. (1985). He completed his practical teacher training at Tannenberg-Gymnasium, graduating with a state examination.

First practical experience in extracurricular youth education, the Schöneberg Young Workers and Pupils Center (SJSZ) as well as in a socio-educational project to catch up on the secondary school leaving certificate in the Prisma youth hostel in Berlin-Reinickendorf. Grammes acquired school experience at a German-American school (John F. Kennedy School Berlin) and at a private commercial vocational school ( Grone School Berlin 1983–1991).

He worked at the Otto Suhr Institute and assistant in vocational and business education at the Free University of Berlin. In 1992 he was offered a professorship for didactics in social studies at the University of Passau , and in 1992 at the TU Dresden . Since 1997 he has been a professor of educational science with special emphasis on didactics of social science subjects at the University of Hamburg .

Field of activity

Grammes works on the basic theory of social science subject didactics and democracy education in the areas of society , politics , law and economics (communicative subject didactics, 1996). Curriculum development (curricula and textbook author) through practical research close to schools. Current curriculum projects deal with the theory and practice of European education as well as the development of curriculum modules for economic and business ethics in economic and political education.

In teacher training and teacher training, Grammes has dealt with the concept of the art of teaching as well as the lesson and learning study. In addition, there were study visits to universities and schools in Japan (Jugyou kenkyuu / Lesson Study), China ( Pedagogical University of Eastern China ), USA.

In addition, together with Henning Schluß and Hans-Joachim Vogler, he comprehensively documented the history of the subject of civics in the GDR using qualitative methods.

Grammes was an advisory board member in the pilot project of the federal-state commission and a member of the German Society for Democratic Education. He is a liaison professor of the German Business Academic Foundation (Studienkolleg - support for gifted students). Grammes is a member of the jury for the future Cornelsen Verlag award .

Fonts (selection)

  • Political didactics and socialization research. Studies of the history of problems on a pragmatic tradition of thought in subject didactics. Frankfurt / M. u. a .: Lang 1986 (Diss. FU Berlin 1985)
  • Non-political social studies. Suggestions for linking life science with politics. Schwalbach: Newsreel 1991
  • with Kurt Wicke (ed.): Society from a student perspective. Swedish contributions to a didactic phenomenography. Hamburg: Krämer 1991
  • with Walter Gagel / Andreas Unger (eds.): practical policy didactics. Multi-perspective teaching analyzes. A video book. Schwalbach: Newsreel 1992 (with video cassette)
  • with Georg Weißeno (ed.): Social Studies. Political didactic evaluations of teaching protocols. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 1993
  • with Ari Zühlke: A school conflict in the GDR, 2 volumes, Bonn: Federal Agency for Civic Education 1996 ( online )
  • Communicative subject didactics. Politics-History-Law-Economy, Opladen: Leske + Budrich 1998 (online at google-books )
  • Action orientation in political education, Hanover: Lower Saxony State Center for Political Education 2/1997
  • with Henningschluss / Hans-Joachim Vogler: Citizenship in the GDR. A volume of documents. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2006 (online campus access; review )


  • Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE)
  • Journal for Interpretative School and Teaching Research (ZISU), 2011ff (Scientific Advisory Board)



  • Petrik, Andreas: Communicative subject didactics. In: Lange, Dirk / Reinhardt, Volker (ed.): Basic knowledge of political education, Volume 1: Conceptions of political education. Hohengehren: Schneider 2007, pp. 176–185
  • Kroll, Karin: Communicative didactics. In: Weißeno, Georg (ed.): Lexicon of political education. Vol. 1. Schwalbach: Wochenschau 1999, p. 125f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Reasons for the judgment of the jury of the IW ( Memento from April 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive )