Tiemann Chemistry      Education Lab


Inclusive Education

September 2020


Inclusion is the consistent consideration of internal differentiation activities to organize learning processes. But how can these thoughts on the individual consideration of different learning pathways be translated into concrete, problem-based learning opportunities? Many of the suggestions are vague and unspecific, and they do not help the teacher planning their lessons.

T-CEL member Joachim Kranz has developed a model (MIC – Model of inclusive Chemistry teaching), which gives the teacher detailed impetus. On the basis of this model, a best-practise learning environment, was constructed that combines digital elements with the characteristic of chemistry – real experiments. This example shows how T-CEL can respond to the great challenge of inclusive teaching in chemistry lessons. 

PhD Defence

November 2020


T-CEL Member Marvin Rost has successfully defended his Dissertation - Congratulations!


In Marvin's project, we investigated the extent to which models in chemistry can be described with a standardized framework. In a very complex procedure, he was able to show with sophisticated statistical methods that this is possible. At the same time, however, he has impressively succeeded in incorporating the epistemic implications of the topic and its philosophical aspects in a balanced way into the interpretation of the results.


Call for Papers

September 2020


A Special Issue "Chemistry Education and the 21st Century Skills" of Educational Sciences focuses on learning and innovation skills as part of the 21st century skills framework. They consist of “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving”, “Creativity and Innovation”, and “Communication and Collaboration”. In each of these fields, research in chemistry education can provide concrete, evidence-based studies to illustrate our contribution to mastering the challenges of the future.

Until 31.05.2021 colleagues are warmly invited to submit original empirical  research papers, reviews or cases studies!  







Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Tiemann

Head of the Chemistry Education Lab

The research program of the Tiemann Chemistry Education Lab has a strong commitment to knowledge acquisition by problem solving. In quantitative studies with technology based tools the focus is on describing, assessing and supporting  the fundamental mechanisms behind this process.  



"We only think when we are confronted with problems."

(John Dewey)



Combined with the use of experiments and the use of mental models to understand  core concepts of Chemistry, the research program empowers the Tiemann Chemistry Education Lab,   theory-driven and empirically, to investigate students' thinking individually or in classrooms. Alumni group members serve as Professors, for Science Outreach Organizations or as Chemistry Teachers.


In the summer term 2021,  courses will be offered entirely digitally.

Please check the administration system AGNES for exact times and conditions.


The Chemistry Education Lab at Humboldt-University serves more than 100 students at K-12 (Sekundarstufe) and primary level (Primarstufe) each year through a diverse portfolio of theoretical background knowledge and first practical learning experiences. 


From students for students (in german): Video


The professional learning program is designed to improve the skills and competencies in creating innovative learning environments and to learn first teaching experiences. Up to 10 students per year have the chance to finish their studies in T-CEL with a thesis (M.Ed.).


From students for students (in german): Video

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Department of Chemistry

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