As per its mission statement, the University of Tübingen aims at strengthening its international appeal through outstanding achievements. The Tübingen School of Education orients itself to this aspiration and has taken up the university’s guiding concepts in its mission statement: ‘Research – Relevance – Responsibility”. In the work area of Research, the Tübingen School of Education organizes and realizes any research that pertains to teacher education, school, and teaching, as well as interlinking the widely available expertise.
Using the research strength of Tübingen’s subject didactics and educational sciences (at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology, the Institute of Education, the Methods Center, the Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media or the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities), the Tübingen School of Education facilitates the systematic cooperation of subject didactic and educational research, as well as an interdisciplinary research culture in the teacher-training subjects and cooperating organizations.
The University of Tübingen has carried out lasting structural changes to realize these goals, such as the establishment of 18 new professorships for teacher education, of which 12 are in subject didactics. The BMBF-funded professorships in educational science are appointed with the denomination suffix 'in subject didactics'. They are required to cooperate systematically with subject didactics and thus support their development and research performance.
The Tübingen Program for the Promotion of Young Academics (TüNaPro) also reinforces subject didactical research by explicitly prioritizing the qualification of young talent in didactics.
TüSE Research stands for a broad spectrum of approaches in scientific theory, methodology, and research methodology, including empirical-quantitative, empirical-qualitative, theory-based, historical, and internationally comparative approaches.
Structure of TüSE Research
The structure of TüSE Research can be described by means of three research-related cooperation and funding types. Line 1 comprises all collaborations related to calls for proposals. Here the board and management of TüSE sound out relevant calls for proposals, and integrate and coordinate expertise in educational sciences, subjects and subject didactics, up to the final collective application.
Line 2 is made up of the so-called Special Interest Groups (SIGs). After almost two years of preparatory work, a collective conference (research profiles of teacher training, school and classroom research in Tübingen) of all actors from the fields of didactics, educational sciences, and sciences and humanities at the University of Tübingen, as well as on the recommendation of the Advisory Board, the School Board unanimously decided in July 2019 to establish SIGs.
A SIG is an association of researchers united by an explicit common research interest. The establishment of SIGs expresses the TüSE’s aspiration to integrate the diverse thematic, methodological, and methodical accesses of Tübingen research on teacher training, school and teaching, and at the same time to pool the expertise of researchers.
At the moment, colleagues from subject didactics, sciences and humanities, and educational sciences are collectively researching in seven SIGs:
- Professionality in the Teaching Profession (Speaker Prof. Colin Cramer)
- Relativity, Normativity und Orientation (Speaker: Prof. Caroline Führer)
- Reconstructive Subject Didactic Classroom Research (Speaker: Daniel Goldmann)
- Competence Modelling und Competence Development (Speaker: Dr. Judith Glaesser)
- Digitalization in Teacher Education (Speaker: Prof. Andreas Lachner)
- Critical Thinking and Beyond: Normative Questions in Teacher Education Today (Speaker: Dr. Uta Müller)
- Support of Practice-Oriented Competence Development in University Teacher Education (Speaker: Prof. Kathleen Stürmer)
Line 3 comprises all needs- and resources-related measures and activities. Thematic needs are identified through the board and management of the TüSE, research collaborations are initiated and, if resources are available, also supported. This is done, for instance, through internal calls for proposals with evaluation procedures.
Running Projects of TüSE Research
Within the framework of these lines and measures, TüSE Research is itself conducting several research projects, particularly in the context of the Quality Campaign Teacher Education:
- Development of a sustainable research and transfer center: digitalization of teacher education (Management: JProf. Andreas Lachner, Institute of Education; Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl, Tübingen School of Education; Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media)
- Accompanying Research Internationalization (Management: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl and Elisabeth Hofmann, both Tübingen School of Education)
- Accompanying Research Competence Modelling and Competence Development (Management: Prof. Dr. Augustin Kelava, Methods Center)
- Accompanying Research Professional Development of Teachers (Management: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Institute of Education, and Prof. Dr. Josef Schrader, German Institute for Adult Education Bonn, Institute of Education)
- Accompanying Research Lehr:werkstatt (Teaching Workshop) (Management: Prof. Dr. Colin Cramer, Tübingen School of Education, Institute of Education, and Dr. Kathrin Wenz, Tübingen School of Education)
- Accompanying Research Portfolio (Management: Prof. Dr. Colin Cramer, Tübingen School of Education, Institute of Education)
- Accompanying Research Professional Advisory Program for Education Students (Management: Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer, Institute of Education, and Prof. Dr. Marc Weinhardt, EH Darmstadt, Psychosocial Counselling)
- DiA:GO Digital media in adaptive teaching in the upper secondary stage of the Community School (Management: JProf. Dr. Andreas Lachner, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media; Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl, Tübingen School of Education; Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media; Prof. Dr. Kathleen Stürmer, Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology; school management as well as teachers of the upper secondary stage at the Community School Tübingen and the Geschwister-Scholl-School Tübingen)
- Global Awareness for Future Teachers (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl, Tübingen School of Education)
- Class 6b. Analyses and reconstructions of pedagogical and educational activities from an educational and didactic perspective (Management: Dr. Marcus Syring, Institute of Education; Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl and Dr. Nina Beck, Tübingen School of Education; Prof. Dr. Bernd Tesch, Didactic Romance Studies)
- TPACK 4.0 – interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and research-based support for teachers’ media teaching skills (Management: JProf. Dr. Andreas Lachner, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media; Prof. Dr. Karin Schweizer, Pedagogical University Weingarten, Research and Further Education)
- TüDiTeach 2.0 - Medienpädagogische und handlungsbezogene Weiterentwicklung des Forschungs- und Transferzentrums: Digitalisierung in der Lehrerbildung (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bohl, Tübingen Schol of Education, Prof. Dr. Andreas Lachner,Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft; Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien)
- TüDiLAB Tübingen Digital Teaching Lab (Management: Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media, and JProf. Dr. Andreas Lachner, Institute of Education)
Ethics proposals that are required in the context of research projects in teacher education, school and classroom research can be submitted to the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.