Research Project II: “The Application Day”

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General Project

The teaching and research project “The Application Day” shall be piloted in the subjects business-work-technology as well as German with more than 300 students (duration at schools: one school semester). As part of our study, we are investigating the writing skills of students from grades nine and ten from all types of schools concerning to the text type "application letter" and their conversational skills in simulated job interviews. The results of that study contribute to the further development of an inclusive didactic teaching model.

Current Status of the Project

Currently, a practical project (duration: 10/2021-01/2022) has been completed. A multi-day teacher training took place during the summer  in advance during  summer in which they planned the series of lessons with the chair, used materials, and obtained regular feedback and further tips for implementation in online consultation meetings during the practical phase. In January 2021, “The Application Day” was implemented in cooperation with the Chamber of Agriculture, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the German Armed Forces. The participating students handed in their application portfolios to the invited guests in advance. The vocational experts conducted simulated job interviews with the students and used a questionnaire to provide systematic feedback on the application portfolios and the interviews. Overall, both students and  teachers benefited from the career-oriented project, as individual advice can be given on the desired career path. All of our studies are designed to be cyclical and collaborative with teachers in the context of design-based research (Philippakos et al., 2021).

Are you a teacher and does our project  arouse your curiosity?

Through this project, the collaboration between university research and school practice can be deepened. As a result of the project best practice approaches should emerge to transfer them into teacher training methods and further education.

Are you a student and want to be part of our project?

We are always looking for committed students who are interested in supporting our project in the course of their final theses. The students from  the bachelor's and master's degree programs in teaching can contact us.



Prof. Dr. Winnie-Karen Giera