Current projects

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Current projects

 ASEM-LLL - Workplace Learning: International Survey (2009-2012)

The research network Workplace Learning of the Asia-Europe-Meeting (Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning) is carrying out a transnational survey in order to learn more about the perceptions and experiences of employees in selected labour sectors and occupational fields with regard to workplace learning. The core questions of the study are as follows:

  • How do employees understand ‘voluntary’ and ‘compulsory’ continuing education related to the workplace?
  • What do employers/organisations offer their employees with regard to continuing education? Which of these offers are ‘voluntary’ and which are ‘compulsory’?
  • How is employees’ motivation for participating in work-related continuing education dependent on the designation or perception of such offers as ‘voluntary’ or ‘compulsory’ (or something ‘in between’). How do such factors influence employees’ satisfaction with their work-related, educational experiences?

The project is funded separately and by different sources in each participating country. The national reports can be found on the homepage of the research network (ASEM-LLL-RN2). Also, the most recent publications as well as the preliminary results of a comparative analysis, which were presented in May 2012, are available from the homepage of the ASEM-LLL Forum.

Homepage ASEM-LLL RN2
Homepage ASEM-LLL Hub
ASEM-LLL-Forum ‚Learning Unlimited’, Kopenhagen 2012
ASEM-LLL RN2 Report (EN)
Presentation Austrian Survey; Hanoi 2010 (EN)
Presentation of non-formal and informal workplace learning; Linz 2011 (DE - Präsentation Nicht-formales und informelles Lernen am Arbeitsplatz; Linz 2011)
ASEM LLL Research Network Poster (EN)
Publication ‘Decoding the meanings of learning at work in Asia and Europe‘, May 2012

Project team Innsbruck: Lynne Chisholm, Kathrin Helling (2010-2011), Katharina Lunardon


  Research-based Analysis and Monitoring of the EU Youth in Action Programme in Austria (2007-2013)

Youth in Action aims to develop the knowledge, skills and competences of young people in order to facilitate their active participation in social and political life and in building a shared Europe. Inter alia, this includes cultivating a European awareness and an understanding of Europe's cultural diversity and common basic values. Through the programme's activities, young people should develop social and intercultural competences as well as the necessary capacities for active citizenship. The Institute of Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck, in collaboration with the Intercultural Centre and the consulting agency ÖAR Regionalberatung GmbH, is part of the Austrian National Agency for Youth in Action. The Innsbruck team is responsible for research-based analysis and monitoring activities to examine and interpret the effects of the funded projects and activities. Methods include on-line surveys, individual and group interviews, as well as participant observation of selected projects. Students of the University of Innsbruck also have the opportunity to locate their master’s theses within the scope of the research project. The National Agency is funded by the European Commission and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ); the University of Innsbruck has contributed by providing scholarships to students who do their research work in this context.

Youth in Action-European Commission
Youth in Action-Austria (DE)
Synthesis Report 2011 (DE - Synthesebericht 2011)
Synthesis Report 2010 (single page) (DE - Synthesebericht 2010 einseitig)
Synthesis Report 2010 (double page) (DE - Synthesebericht 2010 doppelseitig)
Synthesis Report 2009 (DE - Synthesebericht 2009)
Complementary Report 2009 (DE - Ergänzungsbericht 2009)
Summary 2007-2009 (EN)
Diploma Theses Summary 2009-2011 (EN)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Wolfgang Hagleitner, Susanne Gadinger, Kathrin Helling (2010/2011), Katharina Lunardon, Alexandra Rosenthal (until October 2010)


 Research-based Analysis of Youth in Action in Europe - RAY (since 2008)

RAY extends the research-based analysis and monitoring of Youth in Action in Austria by way of collaboration with other European countries. For this purpose, a network of Youth in Action National Agencies and university-based researchers was established in 2008 in cooperation with the Intercultural Centre (Austrian National Agency of Youth in Action). Since 2009 this network has been regularly carrying out joint, multilingual (in 14 languages), online surveys. Since 2012, qualitative studies on specific themes have been done in addition to the surveys. Parts of the survey instruments, developed by the Innsbruck team, have already been adopted by the European Commission for use in its own programme monitoring activities. The RAY surveys and studies are designed to investigate a number of relevant themes: the impact of the programme's activities on participants, especially with respect to their participation in public life as well as their educational and occupational pathways; the learning processes of all those involved in funded projects; the profiles of those young people and youth leaders/workers involved in the project, with a special focus on their socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds; and the accessibility to the programme's activities, in particular for young people with fewer opportunities. The RAY network currently comprises the National Agencies of Youth in Action (which finance the network activities) and their research partners (universities and private institutes) in 15 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Turkey. Other countries have already expressed their interest in joining the network.

RAY Main Research Findings 2013 (EN)
RAY Information (EN)
RAY Summary (EN)
RAY Survey Information (EN)
RAY Transnational Analysis 2010 (single-page) (EN)
RAY Transnational Analysis 2011 Main Conclusions (EN)
RAY Transnational Analysis 2011 (double-page) (EN)
RAY Transnational Analysis 2011 – Executive Summary (EN)
RAY Interim Transnational Analysis on Learning in YiA 2012 (EN)
RAY Interim Transnational Analysis on Learning in YiA 2012 - Executive Summary (EN)

Projektteam: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Susanne Gadinger, Wolfgang Hagleitner, Kathrin Helling (2010/2011), Katharina Lunardon, Alexandra Rosenthal (until October 2010)


Youth Participation and Participation Research

Having been spun off of the idea of the ‘Local Agenda 21’ (sustainable development in municipalities and regions), the concept of the ‘Local Agenda U 21’ – whereby the ‘U’ stands for youth – was developed with a special focus on the participation of youth in agenda processes. The projects in this framework deal with the participation of youth and their context (the democratisation of society, the (re-)politicisation of youth, etc.) as well as provide a setting for research work. In this respect, special emphasis is given to the potential of participatory action research as well as the democratization of research. Currently up and running are the Model Project 1 in the Tyrolean communities of Ehrwald, Lermoos, and Biberwier (youth participation in rural regions) as well as the Model Project 2 in the Tyrolean town of Kufstein (youth participation in urban contexts).

Project leader: Peter Egg


  M. A. European Youth Studies (M.A. EYS)

Drawing on 20 years of co-operation in European youth research – especially in the context of the Research Committee 34 (Sociology of Youth) of the International Sociological Association – this project brings university teaching and research together to qualify a new generation of youth researchers, policymakers and practitioners in and for Europe. The project consortium, comprising 10 universities and four associated partners from across Europe, is coordinated by the University of Innsbruck. It is also actively supported by the partnership between the European Union and the Council of Europe’s Youth Sector. The consortium began its work in 2006 and is sponsored by the Council of Europe’s Directorate for Youth & Sport as well as the Austrian Federal Ministries of Science & Research and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Family & Youth. Additional financial backing has come from the University of Innsbruck, the University of Kuopio (now the University of Eastern Finland, Campus Kuopio), and the University of Luxembourg. Between 2009 and 2011 the project received an Erasmus subsidy through the EU Programme for Lifelong Learning.
MA EYS Poster
MA EYS Short Course 2011 video
MA EYS video download

Project team Innsbruck: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Andreas Karsten, Yael Ohana, Kulbir Singh, Reingard Spannring


 European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy - EKCYP

The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) is a user-friendly platform for publishing and retrieving current research-based knowledge on youth in Europe. It was conceived and established within the framework of the Youth Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Union. The platform serves two purposes. One the one hand, it endeavours to support evidence-based policy making and its practical implementation. On the other hand, the platform provides a centralized work environment for the exchange of information and for a Europe-wide dialog in the youth field. The University of Innsbruck's Institute of Educational Science contributes to the development and contents of the EKCYP in a variety of ways: inventorying and classifying the EKCYP document databases; creating a glossary that contains special terms related to the field; composing fact sheets and thematic information documents on education and training in Europe, on European youth policy in the area of education and training, as well as on gaining a better understanding of youth (youth research); and, last but not least, supporting the EKCYP Quality Group as a member.

EKCYP Homepage
Glossary (EN)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Andreas Karsten and Klaus Reich


 Conglomeration. Every-day practices of subjektive hedging

Despite the dissolution of stabile and coherent identities in modern society, people in different areas of uncertainty successfully develop strategies and practices in order to stabilize or protect themselves. The contradictions in the experiences of people, which are in fact caused by society, flow into ‘conglomerates’ of a new, practical subjectivity. The conglomerates consist of both integrating and defensive mechanisms. The objective of this project is to explain and empirically illustrate the phenomenology of such practices. What’s more, the project’s interdisciplinary concept forms the basis for a series of books with the same title on a spectrum of topics: childhood and upbringing, parenthood, youth, consumerism, migration, normality/psychopathology, extreme situations, participation and art, historical images, every-day practices.

So far, two volumes have been published:

• Wolf, Maria A. / Rathmayr, Bernhard / Peskoller, Helga (Hg.). Konglomerationen – Produktion von Sicherheiten im Alltag. Bielefeld: transcript verlag 2009.

• Rathmayr, Bernhard: Selbstzwang und Selbstverwirklichung. Bausteine einer historischen Anthropogie der abendländlischen Menschen. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag 2011.

Project team: Helga Peskoller, Bernhard Rathmayr, Maria A. Wolf


Projects in development

 New Forms of Cultural Expression and Participation: ‘Learning to Become’ in a Cross-Border Region

This research project aims to illustrate the meaning and ambivalence of the tense relationship between an affectively and cosmopolitanly inspired regionalism for South Tyrol. Distinct patterns of social, cultural and political participation are analysed. Also, the relationship and interplay of the fundamental dimensions of the learning continuum (formal, non-formal and informal learning) are studied from a lifecourse-related perspective. By triangulating methodological approaches, we are interested in finding out how people (and groups), whose conceptions of identity lie crosswise relative to the expectations of what is normal, orientate and position themselves in relevant referential areas with respect to their identity assets. In the context of the latest call for proposals, the project was recommended by the autonomous Bolzano Province as a potential recipient of a grant; it is likely that the grant will be awarded (judging by the available funds in the budget) in the context of the following call for proposals.

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Pier Paolo Pasqualoni


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