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Common Education

Welcome to the work field "Theory of Education"


Research focus

  • Foundations of educational research
  • Theory, concepts, social and personal history
  • Historical-systematic issues
  • Problems of the transformation of educational knowledge
  • Women's and gender studies
  • Reception and popularization of educational knowledge and the philosophy of science



What content is taught?

  • History of ideas, people and theory
  • Institutional and social history
  • Anthropological, social-scientific, gender-specific and philosophical prerequisites of education and training
  • Theoretical and methodological foundations
  • Theories and concepts of educational sciences
  • Reflections on the relationship between theory and practice
  • Women's and gender studies
  • History and theory of generational relations and forms of life


Which competencies can be acquired?

  • Fundamental historical and hermeneutic understanding of education
  • Analysis of educational processes
  • Educational fields of action – understanding, researching, evaluating, and further developing
  • Methodological competence in the field of qualitative and quantitative social research
  • Ability to argue and work in a scientifically well-founded manner
  • Ability to reflect and criticize
  • Social and communicative skills

The research area of General Education focuses on socially significant connections between basic theoretical insights and practical concepts. Research serves the interfaces between university research, educational fields of action, and public issues in the following areas: generational relations, identity designs, vital conditions of being human.

The projects combine different theoretical, empirical and pragmatic approaches. The focus of publications is on the connection between basic theoretical insights of research and practical concepts for the different fields of pedagogical action.


For us, securing viable educational paths means

  • keeping thinking and acting in motion
  • examining traditional theories and routines of action in an appropriate and critical way and developing them further for current problems
  • combining theory and practice in research-based teaching
  • recognizing human beings in their existential constitution as non-determined and undeterminable subjects

showing them ways of shaping their private and professional worlds, and empowering them with knowledge and skills.

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