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Hellmuth Thomas

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Thomas Hellmuth, Dr. phil (*1965), ist Universitätsprofessor für Didaktik der Geschichte an der Universität Wien und war zuvor assoziierter Professor für Geschichtsdidaktik und Politische Bildung an der Universität Salzburg. Er ist auch als Historiker (Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte) tätig und hat langjährige Erfahrung als Gymnasiallehrer. Derzeitige Forschungsschwerpunkte: Theorien und Methoden der Didaktik der Geschichte und politischen Bildung (insbesondere subjektorientierte Geschichts- und Politikdidaktik), historisch-politisches Lernen, Geschichte des historischen und politischen Lernens, Geschichtskultur und Identitäten; Kulturgeschichte Frankreichs, Lokal- und Regionalgeschichte.

Thomas Hellmuth, PhD (*1965), is Professor for History Education at the University of Vienna. Previously, he was Associate Professor for History and Civic Education at the University of Salzburg. He has many years of experience as a teacher at school and he is also active as historian (cultural and social history). Current research interests: theories an methods of History Education and Civic Education (in particular subject-oriented Didactics); historico-political learning, history of the historical and political learning; historical culture and identities; cultural history of France; local and regional history.

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  • Political Aberrations

    Politische Irrwege

    When the politician Roman Haider of the party FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) caused the interruption of a lecture about political extremism in an Austrian school in spring 2017, a heated debate erupted over the place of politics in school education. The controversy raises important questions over the aims and principles of civic education.

    Political Aberrations
  • Right-Wing Populism as the New Mainstream?

    Neue Mitte rechts außen?

    In Europe, right-wing populists are on the rise. They talk about the nation and include only people who meet their ideas. They design theories in which they appear as victims and are convinced that national culture is in danger.

    Right-Wing Populism as the New Mainstream?
  • A Plea for Historytelling in the Classroom

    Ein Plädoyer für “Historytelling” im Unterricht
    A plea for Historytelling

    In recent years – not least because of the triumphant march of (by now inflationary) competency models – the didactics of history has focused on the deconstruction of historical narratives. Of course, there are several good reasons for this, but nevertheless, history teaching needs historytelling.

    A Plea for Historytelling in the Classroom
  • About Competences, or – instead – how about Education?

    Über Kompetenzen – oder doch eher: Wie wär’s mit Bildung?

    It seems to be a platitude: knowledge should not remain unexploited but, instead, be used for effective problem-solving in realistic situations. The discussions of the last few years about education and the development of competency models were characterized by this idea that – at first glance – appears reasonable.

    About Competences, or – instead – how about Education?
  • Populism: A political combat term?

    Populismus: Ein politischer Kampfbegriff?

    An over-used concept would very well qualify as the "non-word" of the year: populism. For some time all political movements and politicians diverging from the – however it is defined – political "middle" are condemned as "populist". ...

    Populism: A political combat term?
  • Thinking about Competency-oriented Learning. New Realism or ‘Old’ Pragmatics?

    Nachdenken über Kompetenzorientierung. Neuer Realismus statt ‘alter’ Pragmatik?

    Over the last few years, different competency models have prevailed and are now competing against each other. However, competency orientation is not fundamentally questioned, even though it tends - ...

    Thinking about Competency-oriented Learning. New Realism or ‘Old’ Pragmatics?
  • Geschichtsdidaktik im Schatten des Elfenbeinturms

    LehrerInnen und auch Studierende sind ob mancher theoretischer Diskussionen in der Geschichtsdidaktik nicht selten verwundert bis verärgert. Die Frage nach der Relevanz einer oftmals abgehoben erscheinenden Wissenschaft ist tatsächlich... Read More ›

    Geschichtsdidaktik im Schatten des Elfenbeinturms
  • Trachten heute – mehr als ein modischer Spleen?

    Zunehmend bin ich verwirrt. Das hängt vielleicht mit meinem Alter zusammen, in erster Linie aber mit Erscheinungen, die mir manchmal geradezu die Orientierung nehmen: junge Menschen in Lederhosen und... Read More ›

    Trachten heute – mehr als ein modischer Spleen?

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