Geschichtsdidaktik in Österreich.

Zur Formierung einer Subdisziplin der Geschichtswissenschaft


  • Thomas Hellmuth Institut für Geschichte/Zentrum für Lehrer*innenbildung, Universität Wien, Porzellangasse 4, 1090 Wien
  • Christoph Kühberger Fachbereich Geschichte, Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Rudolfskai 42, 5020 Salzburg



history education, history didactics, teaching history, research concepts, core concepts, Austria


This article deals with the development of history didactics as an academic discipline in Austria since 1945. It explores concepts, studies and researchers that have been engaged in this academic field as well as the process of its institutionalization. Not only does it focus on associations and academic institutions as key motivators but it also acknowledges the representatives of history didactics for their interests and achievements. It furthermore outlines how history didactics are positioned in the Austrian academic landscape and in German-speaking and international discourses. The article also discusses recent research approaches, focusing on typical aspects (subject-orientation, domain-specific conceptual learning, contributions to textbook research, etc.). It refers to empirical research and summarizes current research fields. In doing so, the article also provides an overview of the current situation of history didactics in Austria.





Hellmuth, T., & Kühberger, C. (2021). Geschichtsdidaktik in Österreich.: Zur Formierung einer Subdisziplin der Geschichtswissenschaft. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, 32(2), 13–34.