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.
Four research groups started in early 2018, another group had been founded in 2013: the Junior Research Group headed by Annika Goeze. Goeze was offered two adult educational professorships in 2018. Her research focuses on professional competences of continuing educators. Two doctorates were completed in her group in 2018.
Increasing expectations for research to convey new knowledge quickly and effecitvely to politics and practice initiated the approach. Particularly member institutions of the Leibniz Association are dedicated to conducting research for society's benefit.
Research focus of Junior Research Groups
- Fostering professional beliefs of teaching staff in adult education in professional learning communities (Head: Dr. Dörthe Herbrechter)
- Interrelations of institutional frameworks and the provision of adult education in international comparison (Head: Dr. Katrin Kaufmann-Kuchta)
- Effects and revenues of education-political interventions in the field of continuing education (Head: Dr. Andreas Martin)
- Audiovisual instruction and information (Head: Dr. Martin Merkt)
Junior Research Groups in detail:
Junior Research Group Herbrechter
Fostering professional beliefs of teaching staff in adult education in professional learning communities
Head: Dr. Dörthe Herbrechter
PhD students: Eva 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 "Organisation and Programme Planning" department.
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 "System and Politics" department. 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 Christina Sondermann
The junior research group is associated with the department for “Teaching, Learning, Counselling” department. 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.
Concluded Junior Research Groups:
Junior Research Group Goeze (2013 - 2019)
Professional competences of continuing educators
Head: Dr. Annika Goeze
PhD students: Christian Marx and Dorett Schneider
PhD: Dr. Petra Hetfleisch
The junior research group focused on professional competences of continuing educators, which also included the study of personnel diagnostic competences in choosing teachers and counsellors for adult and continuing education institutions. In addition, the group concentrated on the development of a tool for recording teachers' pedagogical and psychological knowledge, the effects of video case-based learning on teachers' competences, as well as the conditions of a successful implementation of evidence-based concepts based on the concept "Teachers learn through video-cases".
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