Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-126
    2. Overview: Disciplines, class I

      1. Wolfgang Fichten
        Pages 129-137
      2. Alexandra Schmidt-Wenzel, Katrin Rubel
        Pages 139-147
      3. Antje Michel, Hans-Christoph Hobohm
        Pages 149-158
    3. Life Sciences

      1. Thorsten Schäfer
        Pages 161-170
      2. Natascha Selje-Aßmann, Christian Poll, Matthias Konrad Tisler, Julia Gerstenberg, Martin Blum, Jörg Fleischer
        Pages 171-180
      3. Kati Mozygemba, Ulrike Lahn, Tobias Bernhardt, Anne Dehlfing
        Pages 181-190
    4. STEM

      1. Andrea Ruf, Ingrid Ahrenholtz, Sabine Matthé
        Pages 191-204
      2. Thorsten Jungmann
        Pages 205-215
      3. Ingolf Schäfer
        Pages 217-225
    5. Art and Design

      1. Elke Bippus, Monica Gaspar
        Pages 229-237
      2. Matthias Beyrow, Marion Godau, Frank Heidmann, Constanze Langer, Reto Wettach, Harald A. Mieg
        Pages 239-247
      3. Luise Albrecht
        Pages 249-258
    6. Individual Disciplines

      1. Georg Müller-Christ
        Pages 261-269
      2. Margrit E. Kaufmann
        Pages 271-280
      3. Jacqueline Passon, Johannes Schlesinger
        Pages 281-290
      4. Andreas Bihrer, Stephan Bruhn, Fiona Fritz
        Pages 291-299
      5. Roland Broemel, Olaf Muthorst
        Pages 301-309
      6. Oliver Schliemann
        Pages 311-319
      7. Felix Riehl, Anna Dannemann, Robert Zetzsche, Christian Maiwald
        Pages 321-330
      8. Ulli Vilsmaier, Esther Meyer
        Pages 331-339
      9. Oliver Reis
        Pages 341-349
  4. Part III

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 403-406

About this book


This open access book provides a systematic overview of experiences with Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) and undergraduate research (UR) in German universities, covering both research universities (Universitäten) and universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen). Divided into three parts, the book starts with the principles and common practices of IBL/UR at all universities. Part Two discusses the implementation of IBL/UR for twenty-one individual disciplines, ranging from architecture to theology. Part Three discusses the potential of IBL/UR in relation to several topics including diversity, digitalisation, different forms of universities, and the national job market. The book summarises the project of the German network of UR, comprising approximately 50 universities, and results of a national initiative called Qualitätspakt Lehre which is intended to improve teaching at German universities.

Today IBL and UR are essential parts of high-impact education strategies for universities around the world. In his university reform plans of the early 19th century, Wilhelm von Humboldt introduced Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning as the core principle of the modern research university in Germany, as well as worldwide. IBL was re-discovered in the German university reform initiatives of the 1960s. Since then, IBL has been applied in teachers' education in German universities. The book presents IBL/UR experience as complementary to what is usually presented in English-speaking academia. In Germany, IBL/UR is applied broadly throughout the social sciences and planning, but not in the core sciences, whereas in the US undergraduate research is common in the sciences but less so in the social sciences. Moreover, in Germany, IBL/UR is often linked to applied and community-oriented research — something that is just emerging in the US.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Harald A. Mieg
    • 1
  1. 1.Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan StudiesHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14222-3
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