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: Dr. Andreas Martin)
- Interrelations of institutional frameworks and the provision of adult education in international comparison (Head: Dr. phil Katrin Kaufmann-Kuchta)
- Audiovisual instruction and information (Head: Dr. rer. nat. Martin Merkt)
- Fostering professional beliefs of teaching staff in adult education in professional learning communities (Head: Dr. phil. Dörthe Herbrechter)
Junior Research Group Goeze
Professional competences of continuing educators
Head: Dr. Annika Goeze
PhD students: Christian Marx and Dorett Schneider
PhD: Dr. Petra Hetfleisch
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
Fostering professional beliefs of teaching staff in adult education in professional learning communities
Head: Dr. Dörthe Herbrechter
PhD students: Eva Katinka Hahnrath and Xenia Kuhn
Findings from current educational research show that teacher beliefs and values are relevant for their professional competence. Following this, this junior research group focuses on the so far little-researched beliefs of teaching staff in adult education with the aim of examining possibilities to develop and foster teacher beliefs in an intervention study. Applying qualitative and quantitative methods, the mental foundation of professional competence as well as forms of "near the job" professionalisation through collegial counselling in professional learning communities will be focused. Against this background, the junior research group is thematically assigned to the department "Teaching, Learning, Counselling".
Junior Research Group Kaufmann-Kuchta
Interrelations of institutional frameworks and the provision of adult education in international comparison
Head: Dr. Katrin Kaufmann-Kuchta
PhD students: Anna Caroline Bernhardt and Diana Trevino-Eberhard
Within the institute’s "System and Politics" department, the Junior Research Group analyses interrelations between legal and financial regulations and the provision of adult and continuing education in three countries. Within the comparative case studies, two types of providers are accounted for: 1) organisations providing higher education for adults and 2) organisations providing health education for adults. This thematic focus implies some form of public funding, which is a prerequisite to investigate the impact of state regulations and policies on the provision of adult education. By means of text analyses and expert interviews, the Junior Research Groups aims to describe structures of adult education systems at national levels and identify key features and linkages for further insights in the interrelations of adult education governance within a multilevel system.
Junior Research Group Martin
Effects and revenues of education-political interventions in the field of continuing education
Head: Dr. Andreas Martin
PhD students: 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
Audiovisual instruction and information
Head: Dr. Martin Merkt
PhD students: Dennis Berse and Thea Hensen
The junior research group is associated with the department for “Research Infrastructures”. One focus of the research conducted in this group is on the design of instructional videos, trying to identify principles that may guide production, post-production, and the embedding of videos in more complex learning environments. Another focus of the group’s research emphasises the critical analysis of audiovisual information. In this respect, interventions that support learners in identifying videos’ manipulative intent will be developed.