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P-9 Development of academic skills in subject-specific didactics 2017-2020

This programme is funded within the framework of the federal project contributions 2017-2020. The implementation and the financing of the project contributions 2017-2020 are subject to the decisions of the Parliament.

The project "Development of academic skills in subject-specific didactics 2017-2020" is intended to ensure that Swiss universities of teacher education (UTE) continue to have highly qualified specialists in subject-specific teaching methodology as lecturers, and are able to offer courses to the trainee teachers on a strong scientific foundation.

UTE have submitted 57 individual projects, in two sub-projects, in close cooperation with the Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). These aim to support the creation of an effective structure for subject-specific didactics as a scientific  discipline, and promoting young talent.

Project content

Subject-specific didactics as academic disciplines are of central importance to teacher training.

These disciplines cover subject-specific teaching and learning and form the foundation for good quality and effective teaching of subjects at primary and secondary schools.

In order to offer such disciplines, universities of teacher education require lecturers trained in subject- specific didactics. Therefore one of the goals of this project is to create opportunities for lecturers to gain qualifications in subject-specific didactics, so that prospective teachers receive academically-based instruction at university and become familiar with empirical research, practical models and theories relevant to subject-specific didactics. Another goal is to establish more – and more specific – connections with international research and development.


Two sub-projects at universities of teacher education will therefore support the structured expansion of the academic discipline of subject-specific didactics and the promotion of qualified prospective teachers, in close collaboration with universities and universities of applied sciences. In a third sub-project an expert committee will be created. This expert committee will provide advice for the development of subject-specific didactics and coordinate its structure with a view to developing a national strategy.



Sub-project 1 (TP1)

By means of TP1 the subject –specific didactics are to be institutionally and structurally consolidated and developed.

Contents and goals

Specifically the setting up and development of the scientific subject-specific didactics are to be advanced and financially supported in TP1 by the following means:

  • Creating or upgrading Master's degree programmes
  • Supporting and developing new and existing networks of researchers to create and promote scientific knowledge in the respective subject-specific didactics
  • International consolidation of the research in subject-specific didactics (e.g. by cooperative endeavours with international networks, organising conferences, setting up an academic journal for subject-specific didactics, etc.)
  • Preparing applications for project funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation based on cooperation among the various types of universities.



Sub-project 2 (TP2)

TP2 aims at supporting the disciplinary structure of the subject-specific didactics by promoting qualified young talent. To promote personal development, networks for qualifications and careers are to be created.

Creation of qualification positions at the Master's level

Qualification positions are created for Master's degree students, with the following requirements:

  • assisting in the field of research in subject-specific didactics;
  • assisting in the field of teaching subject-specific didactics;
  • any additional specialist requirements;
  • attending a Master's degree programme in subject-specific didactics for the respective subject-specific didactics

Creation of qualification positions at the doctoral level

Persons who have a Master's degree in subject-specific didactics or technical disciplines, or teachers of secondary school level I and/or II, will be given the opportunity to do their doctorate with the following requirements:

  • assisting in the field of research in subject-specific didactics;
  • assisting in the field of teaching subject-specific didactics;
  • any additional specialist requirements or ensuring practical relevance



Sub-project 3 (TP3)

TP3 will establish an international expert committee, which will be in charge of contributing to the development of a national strategy in the field of subject-specific didactics. This task will be done in close cooperation with the UTE Chamber. The strategy should be implemented within the BFI period 2021-2024.


Patricia Schmidiger
Scientific collaborator subject-specific didactics
T +41 31 335 07 73

Project proposal (in German)

Press release (in German or French)