Professionalization of Teachers
Professional teachers´ activities to promote subject-based learning under changing social conditions (ProfaLe)
Perception, interpretation and decision making as dimensions of educational action
The project ProfaLe cooperates closely with the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences.
Major goals of the key research area "Professionalization of teachers"
The key area ties up to the discussions on multidimensional description of teacher professionalism. It perceives the development of professional competences of teachers as personalised, circumstanced and socially influcenced. In this respect, the key area refers to the research project „professional teachers´ activities to promote subject-based learning under changing social conditions“(ProfaLe), which is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Quality Campaign Teacher Education. This project redesigns main parts of teacher training in the bachelor and master degree programs, in particular the core practical element called "Kernpraktikum". Goal-oriented use of videos – both own videos and third-party-video – fosters competence development in the involved courses. This emphasizes the performance-oriented development of students.
The main questions of the key research area Professionalization of Teachers are:
- How can we enhance a performance-oriented development of the students' competences in university courses, i.a. by implementing video-based activities?
- Which content is subject-specific and which generic aspects can be fostered across disciplinary boundaries?
- How can we enhance situated professional competences, even across disciplines?
- How can we use videos to evaluate this performance-oriented competence development, both in a content-related way referring to the subjects taught and in a transdisciplinary way focussing on generic aspects?
Persons involved in the key research area Professionalization of teachers
- Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kaiser (mathematics education) - Spokeswoman
- Prof. Dr. Dietmar Höttecke (physics education)
- Prof. Dr. Astrid Müller (German language education)
- Prof. Dr. Knut Schwippert (empirical research on education)
- Prof. Dr. Jens Siemon (vocational education with a focus on media technology)
- Prof. Dr. Sandra Sprenger (geography education)