Educational Sciences

The Institute of Pedagogics is a research unit with a multi-perspective research profile. The researchers working here represent different academic traditions and therefore employ a range of educational methods and approaches. In addition to empirical educational research, researchers focus on historical and systematic approaches to educational topics and problems, applying qualitative and quantitative research methods and taking both critical and hermeneutical approaches. These educational research methods and their interaction are the disciplinary core of modern educational science. The diverse disciplinary backgrounds of the researchers in general educational sciences, general didactics, educational research, primary and secondary education, social pedagogy, school and education research from an architectural and spatial perspective, intercultural education, and socialisation are the basis of the Institute’s broad spectrum of research activities.
In 2009/2010, research focused on

  • the development of educational sciences based on critical theory
  • improving schools in challenging circumstances, evidence-based school development, the impact of central exams, gifted education and cognitive activation, individual advancement
  • mobility in aging populations
  • support for educational attainment of migrant students
  • gender roles in an intercultural context
  • education for diversity
  • international studies on Herbartian theory
  • spatial research on school and education
  • analysis of educational policy and educational reform in a neo-liberal society
  • socialisation research

These research strands will be continued and developed over the coming years.