Department Profile

The Department of Education is a place of critical scholarly engagement with phenomena of education, education, and socialization. Current and historical issues are pursued with different theoretical and methodological perspectives and problems are described, analyzed, and reflected theoretically in five departments, which are divided into eleven research units. With its professional differentiation and different emphases in research and teaching, the institute’s has a modern profile in education science. The institute’s work can be described by four "axes" across the individual departments:

The field of tension and mediation between educational theory and empirical educational research: the combination of educational philosophy and educational research is expressed in the educational back bonding of all the institute's departments as well as in a research culture that embeds empirical studies in educational theory discourses.

The sizing of subject areas between micro, meso and macro perspectives: subject-scientific and interaction-analytical approaches to education and learning are related to research on educational institutions, educational systems and their socio-historical contexts. Thus, the spectrum of the discipline is illustrated and connectivity for international discourses is created. At the same time, links to neighboring disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, and cultural studies are established. The research units of the department are positioned differently on the axis of individual - society, without losing sight of the mediation between the two poles.

Education-theoretical and empirical questions are also located on the axis of the vita: education is understood as an individual-biographical process bridging the entire lifespan, from early childhood to old age, and at the same time it is examined with regard to specific ages and living environments. The vita dimension is also discussed with regard to the social and institutional organization of educational transitions, education, and socialization, not least in the context of a policy of lifelong learning.

The relationship between discipline and profession: the professionalization of pedagogical occupations, the analysis of pedagogical practice, and academic advanced training are central topics of the department. Educational action is embedded in complex social contexts: poverty and social inequality, migration, heterogeneity, changing gender and generational relationships, media worlds, multilingualism, intercultural and interreligious living environments, lifelong learning and many other social conditions are reflected in educational science research and teaching.

Teaching is research-based and aims to guide students toward scientific reflection and research on individual and societal issues of education. In doing so, the relation to a later professional practice is taken as seriously as a possible career perspective in research and science. In the study of educational science, students are offered a broad theoretical and research methodological foundation as well as profiling by major fields of study, which take up current social and professional challenges in the field of education. Teacher training ensures the academic supervision of school pedagogical practice and that the fundamentals of educational science are communicated to the students. A doctoral program and various extension curricula as well as offers of scientific advanced training complete the profile.

The research is characterized by a variety of topics and subjects, of modes of working and diverse methodological approaches. Theoretical papers, above all within the framework of dissertations and habilitations, empirical projects and project networks, interdisciplinary and international cooperation, practical research and teaching research projects are important formats of our research practice (see more on the pages on research and cooperation).