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Dr. Kerstin te Heesen

Kerstin te Heesen

Research scientist

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Education and Social Work
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 35-170
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 5087

Research topics: Teacher Training, History of Education, Visual Studies, Knowledge Acquisition, Cultural History

Kerstin te Heesen is a post-doctoral researcher in the field of primary school teacher training in the Institute Teaching and Learning. Trained both in the fields of History of Education and Adult Education, her research has been situated in the field of Social and Cultural History of Education with an emphasis on the Visual and Media History of Education guided by the question how knowledge is acquired.

More recently, she has focused on developing trainings for primary school teachers. In this scope, she combines her expert knowledge in analysing visual sources and their relevance for educational purposes as well as her background in methodologies of knowledge acquisition and adapts this to the context of teaching and learning in primary schools.

After her doctorate in Educational Sciences at the Ruhr-University Bochum, focusing on the media history of adult education (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wittpoth), and positions as research associate at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd and Augsburg University, Kerstin te Heesen was scientific collaborator at the University of Luxembourg in the University-funded project “The Renewal of the Family: Formative Representations in Portraits and Genre Paintings from the 16th to the 19th Century”, supervised by Prof. Dr. Karin Priem (2011 – 2015).

In 2017, she returned to the University of Luxembourg and joined Prof. Dr. Christina Siry and her team at the Science Teacher Resource Center (SciTeach Center). Since January 2019 she is project coordinator of the latest project of the SciTeach team, entitled Sci2School (Science Teaching to Support Children Learning Science), a PSP flagship project funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), that aims to promote the teaching of science in Luxembourg’s primary schools, through contextualized resources and pedagogical support.

Last updated on: Monday, 02 May 2022

Professional Experience:

  • 2011-2015    Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg, Research Unit ECCS
  • 2010-2011    Research Associate, University of Augsburg (Germany), Department of Educational Sciences
  • 2009-2011    Research Associate, University of Education, Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany), Department of Educational Sciences
  • 2009-2010    Assistant Lecturer, University of Augsburg (Germany), Department of Educational Science
  • 2005-2008    Assistant Lecturer, University of Bochum (Germany), Department of Educational Science

 Academic Qualifications:

  • 2009    Doctoral degree, Educational Sciences, University of Bochum
  • 2003    Magistra Artium, Educational Sciences, German Linguistics and Social Psychology, University of Bochum

Last updated on: 12 May 2015

Research interests:

Based mainly in the History of Education, my research focuses on the impact of visual media on cultural paradigms and educational ideas. Understanding images as (re)presentations of both, culture and education, my research adopts interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives on topics like family, childhood and upbringing. I am interested in the transformation of socially and culturally determined perceptions and practices under conditions of modernization, changes of live styles and aesthetical reforms.

Research projects:

  • The Renewal of the Family: Formative Representations in Portraits and Genre Paintings from the 16th to the 19th Century (REFRAIN). PI: Prof. Dr. Karin Priem. PUL, 2011-2015.

Board and Network Memberships:

  • German Educational Research Association (GERA), History of Education Section
  • Alumna Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Last updated on: 12 May 2015

Kerstin te Heesen is an experienced academic teacher. She taught at the University of Bochum, the University of Augsburg, and the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd (all Germany) in all study programs within educational sciences (Bachelor, Master, teacher training). Her lectures covered the whole field of educational research ranging from the History of Education to Adult Education and Media Education.

Last updated on: 12 May 2015