Pedagogical professionalisation and guidance as well as training and further education

The teaching and research area "Pedagogical Professionalisation and Counselling as well as Initial and Continuing Training" is dedicated to researching professionalism and professionalisation in different institutional and professional practice contexts.

It aims at researching the social function of professions in general and quality development in pedagogical fields of action in particular. It contributes to the pedagogical reflection of society, taking into account the enormous importance that professions have for modern societies.

Teaching, research and casework

Teaching focuses on models of professionalised professional action and their implications for professional identity, evaluation and quality development. The research of the department aims at the further development of theories of pedagogical professionalisation. One focus is on research into university teaching as a central site of professionalisation processes. Methodologically sound case work is seen as an essential contribution to professionalisation in training and further education processes.

Scientific staff

The research area is methodologically broadly positioned: Its focus is on case-reconstructive research of educationally relevant professional fields and the professionalisation processes that take place there. On the one hand, empirically based contributions are made to the theory of educational professionalisation. On the other hand, methodologically guided case work is seen as an essential contribution to professionalisation in training and further education processes. In this context, the department offers a monthly case workshop that is open to all interested parties and in which materials from pedagogical practice or other protocols of social reality are continuously evaluated.

The case-reconstructive research on professional practice also offers many points of contact for qualitative or reconstructive research on education, socialisation and childhood. Within the framework of methodologically reflected work with so-called natural protocols such as the recording of research interviews and interactions in sound and image as well as written documents, photographs and drawings, contributions are made to interaction and image theory.

Finally, quantitative studies on education and personality development, school development, health promotion, etc. are carried out within the scope of the research area.

Research topics

  • Theories of pedagogical professionalism (Claudia Scheid)
  • Analysis of the theory-practice relationship, taking reflexive educational science into account (Claudia Scheid)
  • University teaching as a place of professionalisation (Claudia Scheid)
  • Structure and dynamics of mediatorial interaction (Peter Münte)
  • Image Analysis as an Approach to Educational Processes in Pre-School Age (Claudia Scheid, Peter Münte & Jirko Piberger)
  • The Concept of Education and Basic Reflection in Educational Science (Jirko Piberger)
  • Imagination and Transformation of the Social in the Horizon of Education (Jirko Piberger)
  • Effects of teaching under corona conditions on students and participants in university continuing education programmes (Arthur Drexler)

Current research/research projects

  • EKLI - The attitude of pedagogical staff in training towards the inclusion of children with impairments in kindergartens and primary schools. A cross-national comparative study between South and North Tyrol. A cooperation project with the University of Bolzano, applied for at Research Südtirol (research funding by the government of South Tyrol).
  • The Challenges of Teaching at the Post-Bologna University: Case Reconstructions on Teaching Practices and Teaching Orientations of University Lecturers in Five Contrasting Courses (submitted research project)
  • Educational and Couple Counselling, University of Innsbruck and Evangelical Counselling
  • The Interaction of Professional Mediation (in cooperation with the University of Bielefeld and the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Familienmediation BAFM)
  • Survey of subject inspectors of denominational religious education
    • Duration: 1.8.2021-30.04.2022
    • Collaborator: Eva-Maria Wiest
    • Project management: Martina Loth

Completed projects

  • Painting as an educational process. Constructions of social reality in children's drawings
    The aim of the project is to systematise and differentiate methodological as well as picture and educational theoretical approaches (supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation).
    • Direction: Uni.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Scheid
    • Duration: 2019-2021
  • T.O.M.I.R. Technologically optimised multimodal induced resilience
    Together with consortium partners, the contract comprised the construction and digitalised implementation of texts for the positive influencing of mental states. Funded by the province of Tyrol, innovation funding
  • Needs of children and young people in Tyrolean institutions:
    The aim of the project was to present the reality of life of children and young people in the institutional setting of a care facility, the perception of their needs and their quality of life from their own perspective. Due to the project framework and the scanty basis of comparable studies in Austria, this will provide an explorative, exemplary picture of the life of children and adolescents in inpatient facilities in Tyrol for the time being.
    • Duration; November 2011 to June 2012.
    • Research funding is provided by the province of Tyrol (Youth Welfare Department).
    • Project management: Ass. Prof. Dr. Arthur Drexler and Ass. Prof. Dr. Hermann Mitterhofer
    • Project staff: Ms Petra Flieger, Ms Verena Rojer, BA
  • Education and Personality. Personality development as a success criterion for psychosocial education and training. Hypo Tirol Bank Research Promotion Prize at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck.
  • School development PHORMS. Conception of a parent survey on school development for kindergarten, primary school, grammar school in Munich.
  • Evaluation of the admission procedure at the FH Kufstein
  • Analysis of the innovation potential of the Schwaz health and social care district:
    Development of innovative strategic business areas in the field of psychosocial health in a network with relevant stakeholders, especially in the field of workplace health promotion.
  • Lifestyle analysis.
    Constructed a procedure for the classification of lifestyles in Austria, which can be used in the area of accommodation for people with dementia. Funded by DASTA Lösungen für Generationen e.U.r

The department regularly offers courses on issues of pedagogical professionalisation in general and on specific fields of pedagogical action in particular. These include introductory lectures on the theory of pedagogical professionalisation as well as seminars in which practical experiences are reflected and documents of professional action are evaluated, on company pedagogy and developmental psychology and pedagogical diagnostics.

In addition, a broad spectrum of courses on methodological training is offered, both on qualitative and quantitative methods. This includes the lecture "Overview of Research Methods", seminars on the introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods in educational science as well as final seminars in which research work is designed and accompanied.

In addition, regular seminars on educational theory, corresponding educational and social science basic literature and finally on the educational theoretical significance of children's drawings are part of the course offerings.

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