Didactics of history

Welcome to the homepage of the Bochum History Didactics!
Welcome to the homepage of the Bochum History Didactics!


Ruhr-University Bochum
Didactics of history
GA 5/62
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Roxana Breitenbach
+49 234 32-23992
GA 4/147

Call to the University of Leipzig

Dr. Kathrin Klausmeier

Dr. Kathin Klausmeier has received an appointment at the University of Leipzig as of 01.06.2022.

We congratulate her very much!

Dr. Otto Ruer-Preis

Annual student competition of the Friends of the Bochum, Herne, Hattingen Synagogue

Information and invitation to participate, view or recreate in your own classroom: The Dr. Otto Ruer Prize of the Friends of the Bochum, Herne, Hattingen Synagogue - exciting projects by students that can also inspire the development of your own teaching ideas!

"Founded in 2015, the Dr. Otto Ruer Award honors the best contributions to the student competition on the topic of #Jewishlife. The competition archive shows what great entries have already been submitted and awarded prizes in the past. Take a look at how great young people have tackled this topic." (Source: Homepage)

The team of the RUB History Didactics wishes many good ideas and is looking forward to exciting ideas in the future together with the circle of friends - which can also be (further) developed for the Alfried-Krupp Schülerlabor of the RUB or for the practical semester.

2022 Peace ride

In 9 days from Weimar to Berlin

And this is the plan:ät-und-demokratie

You can find all the information in pdf format here.

„Empowering Police Officers and Teachers in Arguing Against Antisemitism“ - EMPATHIA³

Professionalize police and teachers against anti-Semitism

Public servants are supposed to counter anti-Semitism, but so far they have hardly been adequately prepared for this. A new research network is now addressing this issue.

What knowledge should future public servants in schools and the police have in order to actively counteract anti-Semitism in their working environment? And how can their level of knowledge on the topic, which is also linked to individual attitudes, be surveyed and measured? What kind of argumentation training can help to professionalize the necessary skills of the target group already during training? These questions are being addressed by the interdisciplinary team of the EMPATHIA³ research network, led by Prof. Dr. Nicola Brauch, history didactician at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). As one of ten nationwide projects, it is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the funding line "Current Dynamics and Challenges of Anti-Semitism" for four years. The network will begin its research work at the beginning of October 2021.

Press release


Lecture announcements

June 2022
Historisches Denken 2.0 – Benötigen wir neue (digitale) historische (Methoden-) Kompetenzen?
Vortrag auf der Tagung „Geschichte im digitalen Wandel? Geschichtskultur – Erinnerungspraktiken – Historisches Lernen“ des Bereiches für Theorie und Didaktik der Geschichte der Universität Paderborn in Kooperation mit: Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, L.I.S.A. Wissenschaftsportal der Gerda Henkel Stiftung, AG Digitaler Wandel und Geschichtsdidaktik der Konferenz für Geschichtsdidaktik, AG Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft im Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V., 02.06.-04.06.2022, Paderborn.
Mierwald, M.

December 2022
Metacomprehension in multiple document reading – can judgment accuracy be fostered by generating Twitter-based summaries?
Symposium presentation at the EARLI 9th SIG 16 Biennial Conference – Metacognition Online Gathering 2022, 24.06.-09.12.2022, online.
Schuster, C., Alef, M., Mierwald, M., Brauch, N., & Stadtler, M. 

Recent publications


Mierwald, M. (2020). Historisches Argumentieren und epistemologische Überzeugungen. Eine Interventionsstudie zur Wirkung von Lernmaterialien im Schülerlabor. (Reihe: Empirische Forschung in den gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Fachdidaktiken). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. [Verfügbar unter:]

Articles in magazines

  • Mierwald, M. (2022, i.V.). Schmelztiegel Ruhrbergbau!? Die Integration türkischer „Gastarbeiter” mit Oral History-Interviews im Schülerlabor erforschen. In Hiller, T., Mierwald, M., Moitra, S., & Nogueira, K. (i.V.; Hrsg. auf Einladung). BIOS – Zeitschrift für Biographieforschung, Oral History und Lebensverlaufsanalysen. Themenheft „Oral History, Industriekultur und Vermittlung“
  • Wolf, J. & Mierwald, M. (2022). Durch Lehrer*innenbildung zu elaborierteren beliefs? Zur Ausprägung der epistemologischen Überzeugungen bei angehenden Geschichtslehrpersonen. Zeitschrift für Geschichtsdidaktik, 21, S. 132-149.
  • Mierwald, M. & Junius, M. (2022). Thinking aloud about epistemology in history: How students understand the Beliefs about History Questionnaire? Historical Encounters. A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures, and history education, 9(1), S. 35–57. doi: