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On these pages the research group »Research on Teachers and Teacher Education« informs about current and finished research projects.



Democracy in schools and teacher education (Demo)

Democracies are currently being challenged to a great extent by national and global crises. Schools as institutions and teachers as professionals are considered to play an important role in maintaining and strengthening democratic social structures and in supporting the educational processes of students as citizens. Although the question of democracy has been dealt with continuously in educational science, there is a lack of a systematic synopsis of the discourses on "democracy" in schools and teacher education, which are differentiated under various terms. This project addresses this desideratum by systematically analyzing the scientific literature on "democracy" in these contexts using the method Conceptual Systematic Review (CSR) and delineating variants of the term use: For example, what is understood by democracy education or learning democracy? Are such terms used synonymously or do they describe specific discourses? As a result, the systematization of the academic literature on the subject should contribute to a sharpening of academic talk about 'democracy' . A starting point for an intensified discussion of the subject matter in teacher education is being created and the public discourse about democracy in schools can be inspired by scholarly communication. The doctoral researcher in this project is Christian Gräbner.


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Dr. Colin Cramer is professor of research on teachers and teacher education with special emphasis on subject-matter teaching and learning. He is member of the ›Institute of Education‹ as well as of the ›Tuebingen School of Education‹. His research focusses on systematic and empirical research in the field of education. Special emphasis is placed on the teaching profession, teacher education, and educational leadership.


The aim of the research is to make systematic and basic theoretical as well as empirical contributions to questions of education. Research on teachers and teacher education as a focal point has the aim to understand who teachers and school leaders are, under which circumstances they work and how they can be prepared for their tasks appropriately in initial teacher education as well as in further professional development.


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Prof. Dr. Colin Cramer
University of Tuebingen
Tuebingen School of Education
Wilhelmstrasse 31 | Room 204
72074 Tuebingen

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