Completed Projects

Projects in development

Completed projects:

International Civic and Citizenship Education Study - ICCS (2007-2010)

This study was commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BM:UKK) and carried out in cooperation with SORA (Institute for Social Research and Analysis) and the Institute of Conflict Research (IKF – Institut für Konfliktforschung) within the framework of an international research project spanning 39 countries around the world. The central question was how pupils aged between 13 and 14 are prepared to take on a role as (active) citizens. One the one hand, knowledge and conceptual understanding, on the other hand, attitudes, values, behaviour and competences were surveyed and analysed. The data was collected from pupils in 8th grade as well as their teachers and schools directors. The questionnaires contained an international module, which was used in all 39 countries, a European module for the participating European countries, which focused on knowledge and attitudes in regard to the EU and Europe, as well as a special module tailored for use in Austria. The latter was designed to gather data on democracy in schools, the participation of pupils, the attitudes towards politics and politicians, as well as the development of competences for active citizenship in scholastic and extra-scholastic contexts. In Austria alone, 150 schools, 3,000 pupils, as well as their teachers and school directors took part in the study.

Institut für Konfliktforschung
ICCS-Austria – preliminary results (DE - ICCS-Österreich – erste Ergebnisse)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Kathrin Helling


Youth and Intercultural Competences in South Tyrol (Alto Adige) (2008-2011)

South Tyrol / Alto Adige is an interface between cultures. In the region south of the Brenner Pass, different traditions, languages, lifestyles, living conditions and structures of communal life flow together. Moreover, this autonomous province in Italy may be considered a model for the assurance of minority rights in all areas of social and political life. The underlying assumption of this study was that young people in the multilingual and multiethnic Province of South Tyrol acquire and practice intercultural competences along the continuum of formal, non-formal and informal learning. The core questions here are how and where these processes take place, in particular with regard to young people aged 14 to 25. The research questions posed in the study are:

  • How is the mutual everyday life of the young people belonging to the three indigenous language and culture groups (i.e., German-, Italian- and Ladin-speaking) shaped?
  • What, how and where do these young people learn intercultural competences?
  • How do such experiences and learning processes affect their attitudes as well as their knowledge and capabilities?
  • How could intercultural competences in the youth of South Tyrol be nurtured to an even greater degree?

This study was funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol (Department for German and Ladin Vocational Education, Education Support and Universities). Additional funding was provided by the Südtiroler Sparkasse Foundation. In 2012, the research report was published in the form of a book (both in German and in Italian) by the publishing company alpha beta.

Research Report/Summary (DE- Forschungsbericht/Zusammenfassung)
Relazione di ricerca/Riassunto (IT)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Matthias Oberbacher, Hans Karl Peterlini, with support from Peter Egg and Christine Zung (2008-09)


Learning to Learn (L2L) – The Development of Learning Competences in Adult Education (2008-2010)

This project developed, tested and analysed innovative approaches to learning to learn in adult education by closely linking practical work and research. As one of seven partner organisations from all over Europe, the Institute of Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck was responsible for the research-specific parts of the project: a literature review was followed by the development of educational approaches, methodologies and methods which foster learning to learn and self-directed learning in adult education. In a transfer phase, teachers in adult education were introduced to these approaches, and they integrated them into specific educational activities. The methods for analysing the implemented educational practices included reflection diaries, on-site observation and an online survey of the learners and trainers/teachers. The Learning-to-Learn project was funded within the framework of the Grundtvig action of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

L2L Homepage
Literature Review - Synthesis Report (EN)
Review of literature in German language (EN)
Research Synthesis Report (EN)
Practice Analysis Report - Austria (EN)
Practice Analysis Report - Italy (EN)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Andreas Karsten, Pier Paolo Pasqualoni, Klaus Reich


Education Delphi – The Demand for Pedagogical Services in Austria for the Next 10 Years (2009-2010)

Having been commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK), the Austrian Institute for Vocational Education Research (ÖIBF) and the Institute of Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck analysed the demand for professional pedagogical services for the next 10 years, in particular those for kindergartens, nursery schools, orphanages, extra-scholastic youth mentoring, social pedagogy in schools, as well as pedagogical consulting services and continuing education. The result is a description of future trends, which further develops actual research results into societal transformation processes by means of scenarios and is further specified by and enriched with the opinions of experts (Delphi survey). From this, the future demands of pedagogical professions and educational programmes are derived. It is expected that the demand for professional educational services will increase and the scope of related occupational responsibilities will become more extensive. Educational professionals require generic competences in order to competently deal with the future needs of society as well as complementary competences that are relevant to specific educational sectors. Furthermore, in order to meet the demands in the context of lifelong learning, educators will need to participate in appropriate vocational training and continuing education.

ÖIBF Homepage
BBFK Konferenz (8-9.07.10) (DE)
VET Konferenz (23-25.3.11)  (DE)

The final report of the study was submitted to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) and will be made available here in due course.

Project team Innsbruck: Lynne Chisholm, Kathrin Helling, Klaus Reich (2009)


On the Transformation of  the Higher Education and Research Sector in the Euroregion of Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino (2008-2010)

On the basis of a comparative study of the higher education and research sector, the role of various universities and research institutes in North Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino was empirically illuminated. The objective of the study was to identify different contexts and problem areas. From the perspective of key actors, possible scenarios and challenges for the region were brought to light and, by means of a qualitative analysis, related to one another. With the inclusion of structural considerations as well as associated questions in regard to implementation, the results were linked to the objectives and focuses of contemporaneous reforms. This project was funded by the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano.

Project team: Vincenzo Bua, Roberto Cordioli, Ingrid Huber, Pier Paolo Pasqualoni, Oliver Rodlmayr, Alan Scott, Helga M. Treichl


Intergenerational Learning in Organisations  IGLOO (2007-2009)

The IGLOO project (InterGenerational Learning in OrganisatiOns) set out to develop a model for companies and organisations in order to support and facilitate intergenerational learning, i.e., the learning of older employees from younger ones and vice-versa as well as collective learning. The background for this project was given by the demographic transformation and the associated necessity to redefine the balance among the different generations in the workplace. Thus an organisation can ensure that it cultivates a positive work climate, develops employee competences, and maintains or improves its ability to compete and innovate. Intergenerational learning also promises improvements with respect to equality of generations on the labour market, to fostering human capital in general and to the employability of individuals. IGLOO was funded within the framework of the Grundtvig action of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (EU-LLP) and five countries participated (Germany, Italy, Latvia, Austria and Spain). The BFI vocational training institute of the Tyrolean Chamber of Labour was responsible for coordinating the project.

Homepage IGLOO

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Reingard Spannring


Integration of Migrants in South Tyrol (2007-2009)

In light of the growing number of migrants who have settled in South Tyrol, a study was set up to investigate the fostering of integration with regard to its two significant dimensions of meaning, namely inclusion and cohesion. From this perspective, the question that stood at the centre of this project was how the integration of migrants works in a multilingual society. On the basis of experiences and recommendations made by stakeholder groups engaged with the issue as well as of the results from other pertinent research, a number of tried-and-tested models of successful integration were surveyed. Beyond that, examples of successful practice, which had proven themselves elsewhere, were surveyed and analysed in terms of their transferability to specific areas in South Tyrol requiring action and to the local conditions that exist there. Finally, based on the systematic synopsis of these results, a set of actionable alternatives were compiled, which, thanks to the exact attunement to the target group, may serve those with political responsibility and other interest groups as a foundation for their decision-making processes. Designed as an interdisciplinary project, this study was carried out in cooperation with the Department of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck. It was funded by the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano.

Project team: Vincenzo Bua, Pier Paolo Pasqualoni, Monika Zisterer


Prospects of Academics in South Tyrol (2006-2009)

The question posed at the centre of this research project seeks to find the (root) causes for the net brain drain of academics in South Tyrol. The study’s objective, setting out from the viewpoint of sustainability, was to determine how future-oriented education and employment policies could be shaped so that academics in South Tyrol would be able to unfold culturally and economically as well as contribute more efficaciously with their qualifications over the course of their career in the region. Experts from 22 institutions, who deal with this issue in South Tyrol, and academics were interviewed for their opinions in six focus groups in and outside of the region. The study led to a broadly based action research module. The recommendations, which were worked out in three initiative groups, were taken up by the Bureau for the Advancement of Education of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano and implemented step by step in close coordination with the relevant institutions. Since then and once a year, the Bureau has brought together all the participants involved to report on progress made and setbacks encountered as well as to integrate them in reflecting on, developing, and mutually realising prospects that could counteract the brain drain and related problems. Designed as an interdisciplinary project, this study was carried out in cooperation with the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck. It was funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.

Project team: Vincenzo Bua, Andreas Oberprantacher, Pier Paolo Pasqualoni


Evaluation of the EU YOUTH Programme (2000-2006) in Austria (2007)

Boasting a budget of around €12 million, the EU YOUTH programme funded a total of 2,800 projects through the Austrian National Agency, reaching some 15,000 young people. The programme included international youth exchange projects, the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which dispatches young individuals to foreign countries and hosts those coming from abroad, youth initiatives at the national level, as well as international training courses for youth workers. The Institute of Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck was commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection (now the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, or BMWFJ) to carry out an evaluation of the impact and quality of the activities sponsored under the programme. On-line surveys, focus groups, individual interviews, as well as assessments of project reports provided the data for a study that redefined the standards for programme evaluations in the youth field.

Report (DE - Abschlussbericht)
Annex A (DE - Anhang A)
Annes B (DE - Anhang B)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Alexandra Rosenthal with support from Arthur Drexler, Magdalena Kurz, Manfred Zentner


Young People in the Stubai Valley: Youth and Participation (2007-2009)

The municipalities of Neustift, Fulpmes, Schönberg, Mieders and Telfes in the Stubai Valley (Tyrol, Austria) took the initiative to encourage the participation of young people in the community in order to enrich the quality of their everyday lives. This participatory project (conceived in accordance with the principles of participatory action research, or PAR) managed to reach one in two of all young people in the municipalities that took part. First, in 2007-08, the needs of the local youth were surveyed. In 2009, young people themselves organised an open air festival featuring Stubai youth bands. In summary, municipal councillors in cooperation with the young citizens generated new knowledge and moved beyond thinking to effective action, which is very much what PAR is all about. The methods employed included, among other things, video forays, interviews, questionnaires and creative workshops. This project was funded by the participating municipalities of the Stubai Valley and by the Youth Department of Tyrol (JUFF – Landesjugendreferat Tirol).

Report (DE - Bericht)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Peter Egg


Youth Participation: The Views of Young Tyroleans (2006-2007)

This project collected children's and young people's experiences of taking part in participation-oriented, local-level activities and initiatives. Such offerings are designed to foster the self-determined participation of children in their communities and surroundings. The project was conceived in accordance with the principles of participatory action research (PAR): children and young people were members of the research team. The questions that guided the study focused on how children and young people themselves understand their participation and which measures they consider appropriate to optimally support them taking a more active role in their communities. The project documentation includes examples and materials produced by the young participants, which can be carried forward as models of good practice into future projects of a similar nature. The project was funded by the Youth Department of Tyrol (JUFF – Landesjugendreferat Tirol).

Publication-Cover "Jugendbeteiligung aus Sicht der Jugendlichen" (DE)

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Peter Egg


Generation and Lifecourse Research: Learning Research Methods with e-Learning Support (2006-2007)

In connection with a research-guided course at the Institute for Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck, the relevant literature on research methods in generation and lifecourse research was reviewed, selected, and assembled in the form of a digital library. In a second step, a storyboard was developed, which employed visual ethnography. The archive is to be used for the module on comparative youth research methods in the context of the master of arts programme European Youth Studies. This teaching research project was funded by the University of Innsbruck's e-Learning Initiative.

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Melanie Steden


A Youth Research Network for Austria: Feasibility Study (2006-2007)

This study comprised the following tasks: drawing up an Austrian youth research map; developing a strategic approach to more strongly link the Austrian Youth Plan with youth research; and producing an analytical survey with regard to the positioning of Austrian youth research in the landscape of European youth research and youth policy making. This study was commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection (now the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, or BMWFJ).

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Horst Hackauf


Veiling. The Meaning and Function of the Islamic Headscarf for Muslim and Western Women in Tyrol (2006-2007)

At the centre of the study “Veiling” lie the meanings and functions of the Islamic headscarf for Muslim women of Turkish/Kurdish origin who wear headscarves and for Middle European women who dress in a Western fashion, in particular within the framework of their constructions of self and other. By means of a synopsis, comparison and analysis, different perspectives are brought to light with regard to the latent motives, tendencies to resist as well as defensive mechanisms that might underlie the attitudes towards the respective “other”. The study was conducted in Tyrol and funded by the Tyrolean Research Fund (TWF).

Project team: Monika Zisterer


Lifelong Learning for Democratic Citizenship through Adult Education  LLL-EDC (2005-2007)

A European network of six partner universities (Danish University of Education in Copenhagen, which was responsible for coordination, University of Deusto in Bilbao, University of Innsbruck, University of Ljubljana, Institute of Education in London, and Södertörn University in Sweden) and three NGOs specialising in adult education (in Germany, Hungary and Romania) conducted a comparative analysis of research, policies and practices on citizenship education for adults in the participating countries. The project was funded under the Grundtvig action of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme.


Project team Innsbruck: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes


Cornerstones of Lifelong Learning in Asia and Europe  CoLLAR (2006)

The CoLLAR project charted the growing demand for lifelong learning in Asia and Europe, setting e-learning as well as open and distance learning at the centre of attention. The experiences of the past decade show that new information and communication technologies have not (yet) had the impact on lifelong learning that was initially foreseen. CoLLAR addressed these open questions and served as a starting point for the conceptualisation of longer-term projects within the framework of the ASEM-LLL Research and Education Hub.

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Christian Glahn


The Economic Dimension of Non-formal Learning (2005)

This project reviewed the literature in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland in order to gain an overview of how the discourses in the different countries try to understand and structure the relationships between education, the market and non-formal learning. The project was commissioned by the Council of Europe's Directorate of Youth and Sport and was part of a pan-European study on this topic.


Project team Innsbruck: Christian Glahn


Art, Culture and Communication – KUKUK (2005-2006)

The KUKUK project explored the question of how to match e-teaching and e-learning methods in art and culture with the practical requirements of archives and museums. For this reason, the study was carried out in close cooperation with the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum and Innsbruck's City Archive and Museum. Funding was provided by the Tyrolean Research Fund (TWF) within the framework of a programme to support up-and-coming researchers at the University of Innsbruck.


Project team: Marion Gruber


Projects in development:

Quality of Work and Impact on Quality of Life and Economy – Qualis

This research project aims to study the quality of work and employment of people in 'threshold jobs' and its impact on their quality of life. In a first step, a systematic analysis will be done to develop an understanding of the relationships between employment conditions, the nature and quality of work contexts, and the general quality of life for particular groups of disadvantaged workers who take up threshold jobs in different types of organisations. Threshold jobs represent a specific mechanism of labour market policies in Europe. The concept behind such employment situations is to be used as the working definition in this project, and as the project progresses, it will be further discussed and specified. Ultimately, the project revolves around the questions of which impact the creation of threshold employment conditions (as an example of positive inclusion policies) has on functioning labour markets and which sustainable effects are generated through these measures for disadvantaged people on the labour market. In a further step, the study plans to explore the degree to which policy lessons are drawn from the implementation of such active labour market measures and how these stand in relation to the specific frameworks of welfare state systems in countries across Europe. The development of this project was supported by the University of Lille II and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Klaus Reich


Improving Quality of Work by Employee Driven Innovation through Workplace Learning – Qualwork

The purpose of the proposed project is to investigate under which conditions and through which processes the quality of jobs for high- and low-skilled employees – regardless of age, gender and nationality – in four sectors (mechanical engineering, media, construction and the hospital industry) can be heightened by opening up opportunities for employee-driven innovation through workplace learning. By coming up with their own innovations, employees can and should be able to improve their quality of work. In this respect, the project Qualwork will seek appropriate responses to the challenge of supporting and encouraging people to enter the labour force earlier, to go into retirement later, and to maintain continuity of integration in the working world across their lifecourse. The project aims to create new tools for working towards the achievement of the employment targets set by the Lisbon Strategy 2010: a general employment rate of 70%, a female employment rate of 60%, and an employment rate of 50% for those aged 55-64 (see the Aho Report). The project planning is embedded in the EDI-Europe research network and is funded by the Danish Trade Union Federation and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).


Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Helmut Fennes, Klaus Reich


Promoting eLearning for Seniors in Russia (ElSiR) – TEMPUS Programme

In Europe as well as in Russia digital literacy has grown in importance. However, older people who are no longer in a profession are at risk of being excluded from technological developments. In general, older people can take advantage of offers where they are taught the basic skills of information and communication technologies (ICT). However, in order to advance the competences of the target group for society and the development of knowledge communities, more needs to be done so that the new media forms can be applied as tools for cultivating academically-oriented, lifelong learning. The project's objective is to promote the employment of ICT-based learning for older people by using methods and tools that have been adapted to this group. The project will mainly target trainers and teachers who work with older adults in universities, NGOs and education centres on a daily basis.

Project team: Lynne Chisholm, Klaus Reich, Ortrun Gröblinger (Abteilung Neue Medien)