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The academics at the Centre for Teacher Education work on research projects in the fields of education and subject didactics, whose themes cover almost all disciplines, and some of which combine different subjects. These research projects relate to the following thematic areas.

Teaching-related basic research

The focus of this area is on the theory of education and of school, as well as on the history and systematics of education in the context of cultural history, based on analyses of social criticism. It also includes research on teaching aspects that are not related to specific teaching subjects (e.g. classroom interactions).

Profession research

In this research area, the focus is on the continual growth of professional expertise and on developing sustainable programmes for the qualification and professionalisation of (future) teachers. This includes the evaluation of aptitude tests for students interested in teacher education programmes and the analysis of study progress. Other important aspects of profession research are professional expertise (e.g. pedagogical content knowledge) or facilitation and control of processes of learning and education, as well as school development (educational leadership).

The Centre regards it as its task to devote special attention and dedicate research efforts to certain themes that are relevant across different faculties, and to respond to challenges of educational policy. In this regard, we place special importance on the acquisition of cross-sectional expertise, such as social and personal skills, diagnostic competence, feedback and support skills, prevention of violence, and competence with regard to diversity and specific needs for support (inclusive education).

Teaching and learning research

Research in the field of education and subject didactics is focused not only on the school students’ learning processes in specific subjects or across subjects of instruction, but also on the analysis and development of the teachers’ professional expertise and actions. Teaching and learning in a situation of diversity and heterogeneity, as well as the challenge of inclusive schooling, are further areas of research.