The project “Practitioner Research in (Music) Education” is one of the 12 sub-projects of the ZeLB project “UP Network for Sustainable Teacher Education” funded by the DAAD within the framework of the “Lehramt.International” program.
The aim is the conception and implementation of regular Joint Master’s Seminars – if possible, in the form of rotating summer schools on the research methodology Practitioner Research, PR for short, in music teacher training. Practitioner Research is an umbrella term for developing approaches such as action research, subject-didactical development research, or design-based research in schools or in other educational settings.
The Department of Music Education and Didactics for Secondary Education is in charge of the project. The institutional partners are the LUCA School of Arts (Leuven), The Koninklijk Concervatorium (The Hague), the University of Music and Performing Arts (Vienna), and the School of Education at the University of Bristol (England). At the mentioned locations, there is already, in some cases, varying expertise in practitioner research or related forms of research. An exchange of teaching staff members and students in pre-service teacher education degree programs on their ongoing PR projects, cross-institutional, joint supervision of theses as well as workshops, also with external experts, are planned. The project could be expanded to include other school subjects. The Summer School 2022 at the University of Potsdam will be a major milestone to intensify and clarify the cooperation.
From February 17-19, 2021, an online Joint Master Seminar on Practitioner Research was held as a prototype in cooperation between the partners from Leuven, The Hague, and Potsdam, with students from the University of Potsdam also participating.