Since 2007, Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer has been heading the Institute of Vocational and General Education of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – University of the State of Baden-Württemberg and National Research Center of the Helmholtz Association, Phone: +49 (0)721 608-43690; Fax: -46104; E-mail: m fischer∂kit edu, Homepage: www.ibp.kit.edu.
Martin Fischer studied psychology with emphasis on occupational and organizational psychology at Universität Hamburg. He started his university career in 1986 at Institute Technology and Education of Universität Bremen and did his doctorate in 1992 on “Technikverständnis von Facharbeitern im Spannungsfeld von beruflicher Bildung und Arbeitserfahrung” (Technical Expertise of Skilled Workers in the Conflicting Areas of Vocational Education and Work Experience). In 1998, he was promoted to professor on the subject of “Von der Arbeitserfahrung zum Arbeitsprozesswissen“ (From Work Experience to Work Process Knowledge).
As collaborator and research director, Professor Fischer has participated in numerous European and national research and development projects. Among others, he supervised the first national vocational education pilot program “Neue Lernkonzepte in der dualen Berufsausbildung“ (New Learning Concepts in Dual Vocational Training) and the BMBF/BIBB pilot program ”Qualitätsentwicklung und –sicherung in der betrieblichen Berufsausbildung“ (Quality Development and Quality Assurance in In-house Vocational Training).
At KIT’s Institute of Vocational and General Education, his activities cover teaching within engineering education study courses (teachers and trainers in the industrial-technical field) as well as B.A. and M.A. educational science study courses with emphasis on vocational education. His research focuses on work-oriented skill development, didactics of vocational education, organizational learning, and innovations in vocational education.