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Tasks and Goals

The educational sciences in Potsdam use theory to address problems and issues of a modern knowledge society from a disciplinary as well as a trans- or interdisciplinary perspective, using a broad repertoire of empirical research methods. Age groups from early childhood to adulthood are examined in a wide variety of settings of formal education (e.g. school, university, further and advanced training) and non-formal education (e.g. pre- and extra-curricular educational providers and educational institutions).

Building on the long tradition of teacher training in Potsdam, many research projects are directly related to institutional education, upbringing, socialization and learning processes. There are numerous research contacts both nationally and internationally in order to implement research projects. The structural unit focuses on a systematic transfer of knowledge and society into educational practice and is committed to a continuous exchange with actors in practice. The educational sciences see themselves as a helpful, innovative, but also critical authority (e.g. in the formulation of empirically based criticism of practice).

In teaching, the educational science components are covered in all teacher training courses and the Bachelor's and Master's degree in educational science. In addition, the school subjects of German, general knowledge, mathematics in primary school as well as music, art and sport are covered in full or in part in both primary and secondary school. In addition, the structural unit of ​​educational sciences is involved in the consecutive master's degree course "Early Childhood Educational Research" with the professorship for empirical childhood research, which is offered in cooperation with the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. Another focus is inclusive education with the aim of doing justice to the diversity of learners and thus creating inclusive educational opportunities for all pupils.