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Teaching and Research Fields in Educational Sciences

May we introduce? Our educational science areas summarized:

Department Education

Spokesperson:  Prof. Dr. R. Lazarides

Spokesperson:  Prof. Dr. D. Richter

The working areas of the Education Department are responsible for teaching in the educational science degree programs for the teaching profession at secondary levels I and II as well as for the major subject Educational Science at Bachelor and Master level. The specialist focus of the research areas is on educational science, pedagogical-psychological and school pedagogical research on teaching processes, school organization, teacher professionalization, continuing and media education, education and socialization as well as social science and historical educational research and quantitative methods of educational research. In our research work, we use in particular methods of empirically quantitative educational research.

Overview of Professorships

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Primary School Education

Spokesperson:  Prof. Dr. S. Kempert

Deputy Spokesperson:  Prof. Dr. G. Nottbusch

The department's working areas are linked by joint teaching in the fields of primary school education and early childhood education research. Teaching in the departments is aimed at primary school teacher training students specializing in primary school education and inclusion education as well as students on the consecutive Master's degree course in Early Childhood Education Research. The department specializes in general primary school education, German, mathematics and subject teaching. The department is complemented by teaching as part of the Master's in Early Childhood Educational Research. The research of the departments relates to subject-specific, subject-didactic and pedagogical-psychological topics related to primary school and early childhood research. Empirical-quantitative and reconstructive or qualitative research approaches can be found in the individual working groups.
Further information on the range of courses and examination modalities as well as current and completed research projects can be found on the respective pages of the research groups.

Overview of Professorships

To the pages of Primary School Education

    Inclusive Education

    Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. K. Böhme

    All children and young people, regardless of language, disability, gender, cultural background, religion, migration status, socio-economic status, etc., have a right to access to education (UNESCO, 2003). By signing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009, Germany committed itself to creating inclusive educational opportunities for all pupils.
    In order to train teachers who can optimally shape inclusive learning in the school context, the University of Potsdam has introduced a focus on inclusion and special needs education in teacher training. A comprehensive curriculum has been developed for primary school teachers, which emphasizes areas such as language acquisition, mathematical education, social and emotional development, diagnostics, as well as diversity due to culture and migration. In addition to traditional subject-based training, students will gain detailed knowledge of theoretical and empirical research on all aspects of inclusion and learn how to create an inclusive environment to support and promote optimal learning for children and young people with different abilities and backgrounds.

    Overview of the Professorships

    To the pages of Inclusive Education

      Music and Art

      Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Brenne
      Deputy Spokesperson: Prof. Werner Beidinger


      The “Music and Art” department unites teaching areas and professorships that deal with questions of education, art and science in the aesthetic subject group. The term 'aisthesis', which comes from the Greek, refers to sensory perception or sensory cognition, for which the engagement with an object is constitutive, be it with images and sounds or through movement in space and with others. The department is home to the teacher training courses for the teaching subjects of art and music. It is the only department in the faculty responsible for these subjects at both primary and lower and upper secondary level. The department includes corresponding professorships in the subject sciences, subject practice and subject didactics as well as their employees in science, art, administration and technology.

      Overwiev of Professorships

      To the pages of Music Education
      To the pages of Teaching Art

        Sports and Health Sciences

        Spokesperson: Dr. Berno Bahro

        The Department of Sport and Health Sciences currently unites nine professorships that deal with various issues of sport and exercise in teaching and research. Three professorships are assigned to the structural unit of educational sciences and a further six professorships to the structural area of cognitive sciences.
        The scientific guiding principle within the department is, in the broadest sense, an interdisciplinary approach to research questions on the topics of sport and health across the life course. For example, sport didactics and sport pedagogy issues in the context of movement, games, dance and sport in childhood and adolescence, in junior and elite sport, the interaction between motor skills and cognition as well as (mental) health, lifelong plasticity through learning and physical training, social issues relating to sport and health as well as management, professional services and sport economics are considered. The importance and complexity of sport and health is brought into many professional fields in sport as well as the health and education sectors through the degree courses offered.

        Overview of Professorships
        To the pages of Sport and Health Sciences