In a competitive process initiated by the Leibniz Association, the DIE gained special funds for additional jobs to advance its research profile and services. It has broadened its promotion of academic junior researchers from initially one to five Junior Research Groups and also integrates post graduates.
Increasing expectations for research to convey new knowledge quickly and effectively to politics and practice initiated the approach. Particularly member institutions of the Leibniz Association are dedicated to conducting research for society's benefit.
Since the beginning of 2018, in addition to the existing Junior Research Group, four other goups with two doctoral students focus on testing scientific findings in practice. The topics include:
- Effects and revenues of education-political interventions in the field of continuing education (Head: Andreas Martin)
- Connections between institutional frame conditions and programme structures of continuing education in an international comparison (Head: Dr. phil Katrin Kaufmann-Kuchta)
- Development and analysis auf audio-visual knowledge and information media (Head: Dr. rer. nat. Martin Merkel)
- Professional convictions of continuing educators and their support in professional learning communities (Head: Dr. phil. Dörthe Herbrechter)
Junior Research Group Goeze
Professional competences of continuing educators
Head: Dr. Annika Goeze
Post Graduates: Christian Marx and Dorett Schneider
The first group for young researchers was established in 2013 at the DIE. It focuses on "Professional competences of continuing educators" and is assigned to the department "Teaching, Learning, Counselling". The group studies professional competences of continuing educators within five research projects with various different methodological and content-related perspectives. Research designs are mostly qualitative and quantitative and include explorative, hypothesising research as well as hypothesis testing (quasi) experimental intervention and implementation studies and test structures.
Junior Research Group Herbrechter
Professional convictions of continuing educators and their support in professional learning communities
Head: Dr. Dörthe Herbrechter
Post Graduates: Eva Katinka Hahnrath and Xenia Kuhn
Findings from previous education research indicates that convictions and values are also relevant for educators' professional skills. In a intervention study, the Research Group focuses on the under-explored conviction of adult and continuing educators to investigate their development and support. By using qualitative and quantitative approaches, a mental basis for professional competences and other forms of work-based professionalization with collegial advice in professional learning communities are brought into focus. In this context, the group is assigned to the department "Teaching, Learning, Counselling".
Junior Research Group Kaufmann-Kuchta
Study of connections between institutional frame conditions and programme structures of continuing education in an international comparison with the help of contrastive case-studies
Head Dr. Katrin Kaufmann-Kuchta
Post Graduates: Anna Caroline Bernhardt and Diana Trevino-Eberhard
This Junior Research Group is assigned to the department "System and Politics" and investigates connections between legal and financial regulations and institutional programme structures of continuing education in three countries based on contrastive case-studies. The focus will be on at least partly publicly funded providers of continuing education such as public educational institutions and universities, which are (in)directly influence by state regulated institutional frame conditions. The Junior Research Group focuses on describing the embedding of continuing education system structures in (country specific) institutional regimes on a common abstract level. Document and programme analyses as well as expert interviews are conducted. The findings will be the base for further research to specify the correlation between multi-level systems of continuing education.
Junior Research Group Martin
Effects and revenues of education-political interventions in the field of continuing education
Head: Andreas Martin
Post Graduates: Julia Granderath and Fabian Rüter
The Junior Research Group is aligned with research conducted in the department "System and Politics". It concentrates on effects and revenues of education-political interventions in the multi-level system of continuing education based on quantiative secondary anaylises. It focuses on the effects of supranational and national interference of education policy on the programme and participation structure and its monetary and non-monetary consequences on various aggregation levels.
Junior Research Group Merkt
Development and analysis of audio-visual knowledge and information media
Head: Dr. Martin Merkt
Post Graduates: Dennis Berse and Thea Hensen
The group belongs to the department "Research Infrastructures". Dr. Martin Merkt) ist der Abteilung Forschungsinfrastruktur zugeordnet. It focuses on optimising the use of video-based contents in adult education. Its primary focus is on the presentation and etiting of contents. Research issues are targeted, which adress the production, post-production as well as the embedment of videos in complex learning environments. The second focus is on the support of the appropriate management of videos published online. Indikators for the identification of trusted sources are presented and conveyed in particular interventions.