Research Projects in Diversity Studies and International Relations

 

The University College of Teacher Education Styria conducts or is involved in numerous (international) research projects in the fields of diversity studies and international relations. The following projects are examples of the field of activity in this area.

Research4Connect2Learn (2019 – 2022)

Research4Connect2Learn (2019 – 2022)

Accompanying study to the project Connect2Learn for the intercultural dialogue among student teachers, university lecturers and refugees.

Description
This research project aims to document and evaluate the Connect2Learn project, which has been running at the University College of Teacher Education Styria since the summer semester 2015. For this purpose, the documents created in the course of the project so far, such as learning growth portfolios or table talk protocols (Tischprotokolle), will be subjected to an inductive content analysis and, afterwards, group discussions and individual interviews with project participants will be conducted on the basis of the insights gained.

The aim of the project is to collect, describe and document the profitable learning and growth experiences of refugees, students and teachers that are targeted by the project. At the same time, the project aims to reconstruct as far as possible which factors made these profitable experiences possible and encouraged them and which inhibited, hindered or possibly prevented them. On the basis of these findings, it will be shown what encounter projects of this kind can achieve in the field of cultural contact and how they can be successfully designed. The concrete methodology and didactics of the encounter events will also be discussed, in particular the World Café, which has been widely used in the project.

Project management
Prof. Mag. Martin Auferbauer
Institute for Educational Sciences

Research Team
Prof.in Mag.a Susanne Linhofer
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Klaus-Börge Boeckmann
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Language Education in the Context of Migration and Plurilingualism in Initial Teacher Education and Continuous Professional Development (2019-2022)

Language Education in the Context of Migration and Plurilingualism in Initial Teacher Education and Continuous Professional Development (2019-2022)

Building on the results of the project "Language Education in the Context of Migration and Plurilingualism in Primary School Curricula", the research project " Language Education in the Context of Migration and Plurilingualism in Initial Teacher Education and Continuous Professional Development" examines the implementation of curricula for the Primary Education bachelor programme on this topic. The focus of the study is on compulsory courses as well as selectable specialisation courses on the topic. Since there is currently a great need for post-qualification in this subject area, continuous professional development offers will also be included in the project.

The project is carried out as a cooperative project by the University College of Teacher Education Styria (PHSt), the Pedagogical University Tyrol (PHT), and the University College of Teacher Education Vorarlberg (PHV).

Project goals
The aim of the project is to show which curricular contents are actually implemented in teaching and how the investigated initial teacher education and continuous professional development formats affect the knowledge growth of students and their professional attitudes. The results of the project will be discussed in the context of current standards on qualifications in the field of language education in the context of migration and plurilingualism and should contribute to the further development of existing initial teacher education and continuous professional development formats.

For further information see: Research project

Project Management
Mag.a Dr.in Barbara Schrammel-Leber
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations / National Center of Competence (NCoC) “Education in the context of migration and plurilingualism”

Internal research team
HS-Prof. Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Klaus-Börge Boeckmann
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Prof.in Mag.a Dagmar Gilly
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations / National Center of Competence (NCoC) “Education in the Context of Migration and Plurilingualism”

Carina Hopp, MEd
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Prof.in Mag.a Martina Huber-Kriegler
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations / National Center of Competence (NCoC) “Education in the Context of Migration and Plurilingualism”

Prof.in Mag.a Ursula Rettinger
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

MMag. Stephan Schicker, PhD
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

External research team

Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Verena Gučanin-Nairz
Institute for Secondary Education and Institute for Elementary and Primary Education
Pedagogical University Tyrol (PHT)

HS-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Theurl
Institute for Primary Education and Learning Development
University College of Teacher Education Vorarlberg (PHV)

(UN)divided classes? (2018-2019)

(UN)divided classes? (2018-2019)

Influence of integrative models of language promotion on second language acquisition and the social integration of newly immigrated children in school classes

Description
Social integration and language promotion of newly immigrated students is one of the greatest educational policy challenges in Europe. However, which models of language promotion are best suited is still controversial and has hardly been systematically investigated empirically. In Austria, a support programme of the Ministry of Education currently offers the opportunity to compare the effectiveness of different language support models on second language acquisition and the social integration of newly arrived students in classes.

Internal project management

HS-Prof. Mag. Dr. Klaus-Börge Boeckmann
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

HS-Prof. Mag. Dr. Georg Krammer
Institute for Education Practice and Practitioner Research

Entire project management
Univ.-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Sabine Schmölzer-Eibinger
University of Graz

Effects of Erasmus+ student mobility (2016-2020)

Effects of Erasmus+ student mobility (2016-2020)

Students have the possibility to take part in student mobility as part of their education. Especially for students that want to become teachers, this possibility of student mobility is very advantageous for their future profession. Large-scale studies on student mobility show that these advantages exist above all at the level of personality traits. Although the personality traits examined (e.g. problem-solving ability, open-mindedness) are considered relevant for the work as a teacher, two fundamental problems arise in the transferability of these research results to teacher students in general: First, the focus of the large-scale studies was not on teacher students and second, the personality traits studied do not correspond to the usual taxonomy for personality traits (Big 5), for which a wealth of research results concerning teacher education and the profession of teacher are available. The study proposed here is intended to close the resulting research gap: on the one hand, it is intended to establish a direct link to teacher training and the profession of educator, and on the other hand, it is intended to take up the usual taxonomy for personality traits (Big 5). The research results on student mobility gained from this can thus be directly transferred to the profession of educator and teacher training and can be linked to the existing literature on personality traits.

The aim is to check whether Erasmus+ actually

  • offers unique learning experiences that would otherwise not be possible.
  • benefits students for their future job and which benefits are those.
  • has any effects on personality traits.

Project management
Prof. Heiko Vogl, BEd MA
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Research Team

Prof.in Mag.a Susanne Linhofer
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

HS-Prof. Mag. Dr. Georg Krammer
Institute for Education Practice and Practitioner Research

Digi.DaZ – Accompanying research (2017-2019)

Digi.DaZ – Accompanying research (2017-2019)

Evaluation of digital learning in the area of German as a second language

This research project is an accompanying research project to the Digi.DaZ project of the Province of Styria, the University College of Teacher Education Styria and the Board of Education (Bildungsdirektion) for Styria, in which German as a second language teaching is to be offered to pupils in peripheral schools as digital distance learning. The accompanying research will focus on the question of whether and how such teaching can actually be implemented and how efficiently it is assessed in comparison to conventional classroom teaching. Another aspect that will be investigated is the question of whether digital added value can be achieved, for example by enabling innovative digitally supported forms of learning. For this purpose, up to 30 hours of video or audio recordings of the lessons as well as preparatory and follow-up documents of the teachers are evaluated and in a second phase ten guideline interviews with teachers are conducted. The project results will be used to evaluate the success and usefulness of the project and serve as a basis for possible further developments and adaptations.

Project goals
It is to be examined,

  • whether and how digital distance learning can be implemented in the field of German as a second language (Deutsch als Zweitsprache: DaZ).
  • whether the hardware and software used is suitable for the purpose of DaZ teaching.
  • whether digital distance learning can be as effective as comparable face-to-face learning.
  • whether an added value can be achieved compared to conventionally organised DaZ lessons.

The knowledge goal would also be achieved if one, some or even all questions had to be answered negatively. In this case, however, the aim should be to document the reasons for this finding so that the setting can be adapted accordingly for future projects.

Detailed project description (download, pdf, 142 KB)

Entire project management
HS-Prof. Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Klaus-Börge Boeckmann
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Research Team
Prof.in Mag.a Susanne Linhofer
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Martin Teufel, BEd MA
Institute for Digital Media Education

Prof. Heiko Vogl, BEd MA
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Carina Hopp, MEd
Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations

Supported by

  • PHSt Research Funds
  • BZBF (Federal Centre for Professionalization in Educational Research - Bundeszentrum für Professionalisierung in der Bildungsforschung)

Contact

Contact

University College of Teacher Education Styria Campus South
Institute of Diversity Studies and International Relations
Ortweinplatz 1, 8010 Graz

phone: +43 316 8067 6602
mail: international@phst.at, diversitaet@phst.at

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