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Benedikt Harrer
PhD Candidate
214 Bennett Hall
Orono, ME 04469

Office Phone: (207) 581-1022
Email: benedikt.harrer<at>

Benedikt graduated in 2009 from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich with a graduate degree in physics and mathematics and a special concentration in teaching and education (Staatsexamen Mathematik/Physik für Lehramt an Gymnasien). He has been a member of the Physics Education Research Laboratory since Fall 2009.

Currently, he is working as a graduate research assistant with the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership and the project for Assessing, Validating and Developing Content Knowledge for Teaching Energy at the University of Maine. He is also collaborating with the Energy Project at Seattle Pacific University.

In his research, Benedikt is analyzing classroom video data in order to investigate middle school students’ ideas in the context of energy.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

Harrer, B.W., Flood, V.J., Wittmann, M.C. (2013) “Productive resources in students’ ideas about energy: An alternative analysis of Watts’ original interview transcripts.” Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 9(2), 023101.

Harrer, B.W., Flood, V.J., Wittmann, M.C. (2013) “How Students Talk about Energy in Project-Based Inquiry Science.” AIP Conf. Proc. 1513, 2012 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, 162-165.

Harrer, B.W., Scherr, R.E., Wittmann, M.C., Close, H.G., Frank, B.W. (2011) “Elements of Proximal Formative Assessment in Learners’ Discourse about Energy.” AIP Conf. Proc. 1413, 2011 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, 203-206.


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