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


Andreas Beinsteiner, Nina Grünberger, Theo Hug und Suzanne Kapelari (Ed.): Ecological Crises and Ecologies of Critique.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in the last two years, including the perception of ecological crises. This concerns not only the ecological dimensions of environmental damage, climate change, biodiversity, and all kinds of sustainability deficits, but also metaphorical applications of the ecology concept. For example, when talking about a digital climate change, datafication of communication ecologies, post-democratic dynamics of political ecologies, or commercialized media ecologies in digital capitalism, crisis dynamics are also frequently associated. The book aims to interweave descriptions of ecological crises and their impacts with critical perspectives on analysis, description, and action. It is interdisciplinary in nature and includes theoretical considerations, normative analyses, and examples of practical concepts and educational materials.

Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Suzanne Kapelari


Mirjam Hoffmann / Thomas Hoffmann / Lisa Pfahl / Michael Rasell / Hendrik Richter / Rouven Seebo / Miriam Sonntag / Josefine Wagner (Ed.): Space. Power. Inclusion.Researching and developing inclusive spaces
The volume "Space. Power. Inclusion." presents selected papers from the 35th International Annual Conference on Inclusion Research (IFO), which was hosted by the University of Innsbruck in cooperation with KPH Edith Stein from February 23-25, 2022. Under the impression of the global crises intensifying due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference focused on the importance of social spaces and powerful social orders for inclusion research. In this context, exclusion can be conceptualized as the expropriation of spaces and their hegemonic occupation; inclusion, on the other hand, as their appropriation, radical democratization, and liberation.
The contributions show how exclusive or inclusive spaces can be theoretically conceived, empirically investigated, and practically developed in current research projects.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmann

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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