Born July 3, 1934 in Rheinberg, Germany. Studies in pedagogy in Osnabrück; graduated in 1955. Studies at Munich University; PhD in pedagogy, philosophy, and history 1959.
Teaching, career, and achievements:
Professor for Systematic Pedagogy at the Teacher Training College in Münster (1968), Berlin-Lankwitz (1971), University of Arts Berlin (1980). Dean in Münster and Berlin. Vice President of the University of Arts Berlin. Professor emeritus since 2002.
Co-founder and vice-chair of the Commission for the history of pedagogy of the German Society for Science of Education (1973). Founder and director of the Developing Group “Berlin Pedagogical Museum” (1979). Organizer of the first International Congress for Cultural Research and Activity Theory (1986). Founder and member of the Standing Committee of the International Society for Cultural Research on Activity Theory (ISCRAT, 1986). Founder and director of the Laboratory "Computer and Education" Berlin (1994).
Work for BMBW (State Ministry for Economic Cooperation). Consultant for its project “Centro Andino para la Capacitación del Personal Docente” (1971). Chair and coach for conceptional and methodological problems of the project “Berlin embarks on the future society” of the Berlin Senate (1998).
Co-founder of the journal "Mitteilungen und Materialien der AG Pädagogisches Museum" (1979-1985). Editor of the ISCRAT newsletter (1986 – 1994). Co-founder (with Joachim Lompscher) of the website ICHS (1999). Editor (with Hartmut Giest) of the ICHS book series (2000) and the Series of PhD- Theses (2005). Editor (with Hartmut Giest) of the electronic journal "Tätigkeitstheorie".
Member of the advisory board of "Journal for East European Psychology" (2008). Member of the editorial board of "Mind, Culture and Activity" (2010). Member of the editorial board of “Meždunarodnyj naučnyj Žurnal. Kulturno-istoričeskaja Psichologija“ (2010).
Bearer of the Service Medal of ISCAR (2009).
Fields of research:
Educational theory and history, university didactics, new media, cultural-historical theory of Soviet psychology.
Approximately 220 publications.
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Date of birth 24.01. 1953 (Berlin); 1971-1975 studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin;
graduate teacher for mathematics and physics; doctor’s degree in the field of Pedagogical Psychology; Full Professor at the University of Potsdam.
Teacher and deputy headmaster (secondary school) (1975-1981), scientific collaborator at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences (Institute for Primary Education) (1984-1990); Professor for Primary Education - Primary Science, Institute for Primary Education (since 1994); director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Learning and Instruction (UNIVERSITY of POTSDAM) (1998-1999); director of the Center for Teacher Training (UNIVERSITY of POTSDAM) (2003-2004). Since 2007 - Chair of Gesellschaft für Didaktik des Sachunterrichts e.V. (GDSU); Co-Editor Grundschulunterricht (Pädagogischer Zeitschriftenverlag).
Fields of research:
research on learning and instruction, curriculum-development, evaluation of multi-media learning environments, about 160 publications
Universitaetskomplex Golm: Universitaet Potsdam Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25 14476 Golm e-mail: giest(at)rz.uni-potsdam.de