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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Science - History of Education


Oct 13th, 1944

born in Essen


High school diploma (Abitur), elementary school and classical Gymnasium

1965 - 1970

Studies in German language and literature, History and Social Studies at the Universities of Bochum and Würzburg

1968 - 1975

Philosophy and Education Science


Teaching degree for higher education, subjects History, German language and literature and Social Studies, Würzburg



PhD, Education Science, Philosophy, History, University of Würzburg

1971 - 1978

Research Assistant at the Pedagogical Seminar of the University of Würzburg

1979 - 1991

Professor for Philosophy of Science and Methodology of Education Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

1991 - 2011

Professor for History of Education, Humboldt University Berlin


Science and University


1977 - 1978

Member of the Bavarian Conference of Assistants

1984 - 1988

Member of the Committee of Experts for Pedagogy, Education Science and History of Education of the German Research Foundation (DFG) 

1993 - 1999

Research Assistant in the Selection Committee of the DFG Heisenberg-Program


Member of the Committee of Experts "Rearranging the principles of the upper secondary schools (gymnasiale Oberstufe) and the high school diploma (Abitur), Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs

2000 - 2008


Member in the Professional Counsel Education Science of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2000 – 2002

Chairman of the Committee for Evaluation of Research in the subjects for teacher training in Lower Saxony

2000 – 2001

Member of the Committee for Structural Evaluation of Education Science in the Universities of Bavaria

2003 – 2004

Member of the Committee for the Evaluation of Education Science and teacher training in Baden-Württemberg


Authorised expert of the Committee of the Science Counsel for Evaluation at the University of Erfurt

2003 - 2006

Member of the Committee Teaching and Studying of the Conference of University Rectors

2004 - 2017

Board member of the Institute for Quality Development in the Educational System (IQB) for the federal states of the Federal Republic of Germany at Humboldt University Berlin

2006 - 2014

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the steering group from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) according to § 91 b (2) to determine the effectiveness of the system of education in international comparison

2006 - 2008

Authorised expert of the Committee of Teaching for the Scientific Counsel

2006 - 2012

Member of the Scientific Committee of Lower-Saxony (WKN)


Member of the University Research Committee of the Georg-August-University Göttingen

2008 - 2018

Member and Representative Chairman of the University counsel for the University of Bielefeld

2009 - 2013

Member of the Advisory Board of the Professional School of Education for the Ruhr-University Bochum

2010 - 2013

Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance, Berlin (IFQ)


Authorised expert of the working group "system of appeal" of the Research Committee

2010 - 2018

Member of the Senate of the Leibniz Association

2012 - 2016

Member of the „Council for Cultural Education“

2012 - 2017

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute for School Quality Improvement (ISQ)

2013 - 2015

Member and Co-Chairman, in cooperation with Prof. Margarete Götz, in the Council of the Academy for Educational Research and Teacher Training (ABL) der Akademie für Bildungsforschung und Lehrerbildung (ABL), Goethe University Frankfurt am Main


Chairman of the Committee for Securing  Sufficient Teacher Staffing at Vocational Colleges in North Rhine-Westphalia


Authorised expert of the working group „Qualification of Professionals in Times  of Demographic Change" for the Scientific Counsel



since 2006

Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Science, class of philosophy and history

since 2007

Member of theThe German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

University related

1992 - 1997

Member of the Committee for Teaching and Studies of the Academic Senate of the Humboldt University Berlin

1993 - 1997


Chairman of the Committee for Teaching and Studies

1992 - 1994

Member of the Academic Senate and the Counsel of the Humboldt University Berlin

1997 - 1999

Dean of the Philosophical Faculty IV

2000 - 2005

Vice President for Teaching and Studies at Humboldt University Berlin


since 1991

Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bern, Fribourg, Zurich, Eötvös-Lorant-University, Budapest, University of Hiroshima


Editorial work

since 1986

Co-editor of the Journal of Pedagogy ("Zeitschrift für Pädagogik")

1990 - 1997

Member of the editorial staff

1993 - 1997

Executive editor


Member of the "International Editorial Board" of "Paedagogica Historica", New Series

1993 – 2008

Editor of the "Yearbook for the History of Education"



since 2001

Member of the "International Editorial Board" of the  "Journal for Pedagogical Historiography", Zurich („Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Historiographie“)

since 2003

Member in the Committee of the "Journal for Social Pedagogy"


Member of the editorial board of „Context. The Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society”


Consultant work

a) Foundations

Cornelsen-Foundation Teaching and Studies, Cusanus-Foundation, Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, Volkswagen-plant Foundation, Donors' Association for German Science, Study Association Villigst

b) Organisations for the sponsorship of research 

German Research Association, Swiss National Fund, Austrian National Foundation

c) Journals

Journal for Education Studies, Journal for Pedagogy, Teaching Science, Paedagogica Historica, Swiss Journal for History of Education

d) Courts

Federal Constitutional Court; Administrative Appeals Court Bremen




Scientist in Residence, University Essen


Honour doctorate Dr. phil. h.c., Ruhr-University Bochum


Erwin-Stein-Prize of the Erwin-Stein Foundation


Dr. et Prof. honoris causa der Eötvös-Lorant-Universität Budapest

Order of Merit 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany

Ernst-Christian-Trapp-Award of the German Educational Research Association (GERA)


Since 1969 I have been married to Marianne Tenorth, née Kunstleben.

Our daughters Miriam and Marin were born in the years 1972 and 1977.