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Benedikt Harrer
PhD Alumnus (2013)

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 was a member of the Physics Education Research Laboratory from Fall 2009 to Fall 2013.

At the University of Maine, he worked 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 also collaborated with the Energy Project at Seattle Pacific University. In his doctoral research, Benedikt analyzed classroom video data in order to investigate middle school students’ ideas in the context of energy.

After graduating from the University of Maine in December 2013, he joined the Cal Teach team at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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