bharrerBenedikt earned his Ph.D. in physics (specializing in physics education research) at the University of Maine, where he analyzed classroom video to identify disciplinary progenitors in middle school students’ ideas about energy. He also holds a graduate degree in physics and mathematics with a concentration in teaching and education (Staatsexamen Mathematik/Physik für Lehramt an Gymnasien) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Before joining the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SJSU, he taught pre-service mathematics and science teachers in the Cal Teach program at UC Berkeley, where he also directed the Cal Teach Summer Research Institute and co-directed the Berkeley Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers (BERET) program.

Benedikt’s Research Interests include:

  • Productive ideas and intuitions in physics (esp. in the context of energy), their informal assessment, and responsive teaching
  • Learning of scientific practices, esp. in physics
  • Physics pre- and in-service teacher learning in formal and informal professional development settings
  • Learning theory, especially Knowledge-in-Pieces perspectives

Publications (hosted by SJSU ScholarWorks/Dr. Martin Luther King Library)

You can contact Benedikt at

The Productive Interactions and Ideas in Physics Video Analysis Laboratory (PI/IP Lab):