Research focuses

We have committed ourselves to two main themes:


The Research Centre studies and critically analyses education in the context of society as well as monitors and evaluates measures implemented through educational policies, which are a response to and affect societal changes. These advancements give rise to a plethora of fundamental questions regarding the structure, contextualisation, localisation, realisation and effects of teaching and learning processes both on the subject level as well as in social contexts.

Set against the backdrop of Europeanisation and globalisation processes, the Research Centre’s activities principally focus on comparative intercultural aspects. By engaging in relevant, up-to-date research, the Research Centre seeks to document and understand contemporary patterns of change and the interactions between these and education. A further core concern is to exploit the transfer potential of the research results.

Responding to these issues demands a sound mix of basic and applied research on questions such as the following:

  • How can the entire range of learning – comprising informal, non-formal and formal learning (therefore: the potential of the learning continuum) – be optimally used?
  • What demands are placed upon today’s education systems and processes by the conditions and relationships within and between generations? How can these demands be met with a high level of quality?
  • How, where, and through which forms of cooperation do people develop specific competences, i.e., professional as well as social, (inter)cultural and political competences, including competences for subjective hedging in everyday life?
  • How can pedagogical action support social change and development as well as, wherever appropriate, provide impetuses for or respond constructively and effectively to societal challenges?