Research Profile Building

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The research profile of the Faculty is governed by the individual spheres of activity in the field of teacher training. It covers a broad range of research topics in the field of educational science, including fields such as learning, teacher training, policy and systems control, from the acquisition of (foreign) languages to test-based foreign language teaching, from current socio-scientific and technical developments in the MINT subjects to research activities in the humanities and interfaith studies.

Specialist topics are taken from the fields of teacher training and classroom teaching and are dealt with from an empirical perspective – with some receiving outside sponsoring or funding. Despite the diversity of the projects, the overall focus on applied research seeks to contribute to the profile in order to fulfil the commitment to a research-oriented teaching programme. It attempts, on the one hand, to place publications in high-end national and international specialist journals and, on the other, to encourage the sharing of knowledge with the world of pedagogic practice via appropriate publications and lectures. In addition, it seeks to create a "research-oriented attitude" on the part of the students. Research-based development projects have helped the Faculty to gain national and international visibility, which is primarily intended to promote system development. Some examples are the implementation of the reform of the partly standardised Austrian school-leaving examination (SRDP) in the field of foreign languages, the Leadership Academy for the Austria-wide professionalisation of management personnel and the inter-religious approaches to religious (subject-specific) education.

New book releases

StadlerThis volume published by Multilingual Matters (Bristol, UK) in the series Second Language Acquisition (vol. 157) centres around concepts of personal and cultural authenticity in foreign language teaching and learning. The chapters cover a wide range of contexts and disciplines, offering diverse perspectives regarding the role language plays in processes of personal growth, learning, development, self-actualisation and power dynamics. The book includes a foreword by Claire Kramsch, 16 chapters from 25 authors in 8 countries on 4 continents, and an afterword by Magdalena Kaltseis.

 Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Stadler, MA

book_1The field of language testing and assessment has recognized the importance and underlying theoretical and practical underpinnings of language assessment literacy (LAL), an area that is gradually coming to prominence. This book addresses issues that promote the concept of LAL for language research, teaching, and learning, covering a range of topics. It brings together 14 chapters based on high-stakes and classroom-based studies authored by academics, professionals and researchers in the field. The text examines diverse issues through a multifaceted approach, presenting high-quality contributions that fill a gap in a research area that has long been in need of theoretical and empirical attention.

With contributions from Anna Dreher, Wolfgang Stadler and Carmen Konzett-Firth

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