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Completed projects

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Analysis Competence of Teachers - Diagnosis and Development (Part 1)

Teachers must be able to analyse their lessons professionally. The aim of the project "Analysis Competence of Teachers - Diagnosis and Development" was to develop a test to measure this competence. For this purpose, four groups of respondents were examined: with each group consisting of 200 students, teacher trainees, teachers and institute directors. They were presented with a lesson on video (subject: physics) and a questionnaire, the answers to which represented the analysis of the lesson.

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Wilfried Plöger, Dr. Daniel Scholl (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2010-2012


Analytical competence of teachers - diagnostics and development (part 2)

The continuation of the research project has two main objectives:

  1. Validation of the construct Analysis competence
  2. Examination of the development of analytical competence in the second training phase

These two objectives will be achieved through three sub-projects:

  1. How do experts and novices analyse lessons? - A qualitative approach (Matthias Krepf)
  2. Which influence does didactic-methodical knowledge have on the development of analytical competence? - Empirical testing of prognostic validity (Prof. Dr. Wilfried Plöger, Dr. Daniel Scholl)
  3. How analytical competence develops in the second phase of training (teacher training) - a longitudinal study (Prof. Dr. Wilfried Plöger, Dr. Daniel Scholl, University of Cologne; Prof. Dr. Andreas Seifert, University of Lüneburg)

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Wilfried Plöger, Dr. Daniel Scholl (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2014-2017


APPLAus - Analysis of the practical teacher training semester

At present, the practical semester at many universities in Germany represents a new, obligatory element of practical teacher training, which replaces the previous teaching internships of university teacher training. The reform aims at the provision of extended practical learning opportunities in schools. Prospective teachers have to analyse their observations in school and teaching practice against a theoretical background and plan, test and reflect on their pedagogical actions, whereby the connection to an academic teacher training is decisive. Thus, the professional competence to be developed during the practical semester not only refers to the acquisition of teaching skills, but also includes aspects such as a knowledge-based ability to analyse teaching situations or the research-based evaluation of teaching. In order to optimally design and further develop the practical teaching semester in the education district of Cologne, the University of Cologne evaluates it with the aid of the accompanying study APPLAus (Analysis of the practical teaching semester: Pilot study on learning effectiveness in the education district of Cologne - competence development of students).

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Johannes König (University of Cologne) and  Myrle Dziak-Mahler (Centre for Teacher Education, University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2014-2016


Cologne Area of Educational and Empirical Research (CAREER) - cross-faculty networking of educational research at the University of Cologne

Various disciplines and departments at the University of Cologne work in areas of research in education - in the broader or the narrower sense. At the University of Cologne which is a university of excellence, they find themselves in a thriving research environment. This is the starting point of a cross-faculty initiative established by the Rectorate of the University of Cologne: CAREER - "Cologne Areas of Educational and Empirical Research". The aim of this initiative was to generate, for the first time, an overview of the fields of (empirical) research in education that already exist at the University of Cologne. In 2016/2017, a survey of participating actors (especially professors) was conducted and the results of the survey were presented back to the interviewees in a report which was presented to the Rectorate of the University of Cologne in spring 2017. On the basis of the results, an exchange between the actors was initiated with the aim of identifying common research goals and interests and subsequently to strengthen initiated collaborations and make them visible both within and outside the university. At the same time, the funding situation in Germany, Europe and the USA was mapped out and made accessible to the members of the research network. Funding opportunities appropriate to the competence fields of the research network were identified and external partners were gained as "Critical Friends", whose expertise is intended to support the development of auspicious applications for research funding (third-party funding).

CAREER is an inter-faculty initiative carried out by three institutions: the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for education experts in the Humanities (IFDG, Director: Prof. Dr. Holger Thünemann), the Institute for the teaching of Physics (Prof. Dr. André Bresges) and the IZeF (Prof. Dr. Johannes König). These three institutions of the CAREER initiative represent the research in education of the Faculties of Arts, Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Human Sciences.

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Project duration: 2015-2017


LEK-R - Longitudinal Survey of Pedagogical Competences of Student Teachers and Trainee Teachers

The aim of the project " Longitudinal Survey of Pedagogical Competences of Student Teachers and Trainee Teachers" (LEK-R) is to continue the competence measurement of student teachers begun in the LEK study in order to analyse the transition to the practical teacher training period with respect to the change and validity of the pedagogical knowledge of prospective teachers.

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Johannes König (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2013-2016

Literature (selection):
König, J. & Kramer, C. (2016, online first). Teacher professional knowledge and classroom management: On the relation of general pedagogical knowledge (GPK) and classroom management expertise (CME). ZDM Mathematics Education. Download PDF


PlanvoLL - Planning Competence of Teachers

Class planning is an essential aspect of the professional competence of teachers, but as a skill it has hardly been considered so far in the considerations and approaches of the empirical investigation of competence measurement of (prospective) teachers. The study "PlanvoLL – Planning Competence of Teachers" addresses this problem by developing a standardised and reliable method for the analysis of written teaching drafts of prospective teachers in the second training phase in the federal state of Berlin (König, Buchholtz & Dohmen, 2015).

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Johannes König (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2012-2015

Funded by: Senate Administration Berlin / FIBS


Learning through play: Computer games as a vehicle for imparting knowledge in school lessons

The practical research project "Learning by Playing" explores the educational potential of commercial computer games for use in school lessons along different dimensions. It explicitly refers to the strategy paper "Education in the digital world" of the Conference of Education Ministers (here as PDF: www.kmk.org/Bildung_digitale_Welt.pdf).

With a practice-oriented focus, a series of expert workshops will explore whether and how commercial computer games can be used as vehicles for conveying knowledge (including political, historical, social, ethical, but also physical, aesthetic-musical, etc.) in the classroom. The focus is on commercial games (so-called "Off The Shelf Games"), which are widely accepted in the lives of young people. In addition to the school context, the results should also be made accessible and be further developed for the broad area of informal learning, e.g. in youth welfare.

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Wolfgang Zielinski (Grimme-Institut), Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Kai Kaspar, Prof. Dr. Sandra Aßmann and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Peter Moormann (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2016-2017


Synergy! - Interdisciplinary network for systematic testing of ILIAS as a university-wide learning platform

The "Synergy! project brings together the expertise of three faculties (Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Medicine) and the Competence Centre E-Learning (CCE). It aims to promote competence-oriented learning among students and evaluates the teaching and technical features of various e-learning functions of the ILIAS learning management system. The project "Synergy! is intended to contribute to the eliciting of the mostly unexplored teaching potential of ILIAS as well as the acceptance of its functions. In particular, it is to be tested how the use of digital learning possibilities - also in addition to classroom teaching - can add value to teaching. Students should be able to learn from each other in digital learning spaces by becoming members of collective learning communities. The project aims to facilitate access to ILIAS through a digital handbook with video tutorials.

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Kai Kaspar (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2015-2017


TEDS-FU - Teacher Education and Development Study Follow-Up

As a follow-up to the international study TEDS-M, TEDS-FU aims to study the development of the competences of teachers during the start of their career. Both the competence level and the competence structure are of interest in order to be able to record changes for the purpose of professionalisation.

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Blömeke (CEMO Oslo/HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kaiser (University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Johannes König (University of Cologne), Prof. Dr. Martina Döhrmann (University of Vechta)

Project duration: 2010-2013


TEDS Teaching - Teacher Education and Development Study

The main objective of the study TEDS teaching is the empirical investigation of the professional competence of mathematics teachers at lower secondary level and their influence on student achievement through the quality of teaching.  Of special interest is which aspects of teacher competence are particularly helpful for which pupils.

Further information is to find at the project homepage.

Project management: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kaiser (University of Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Sigrid Blömeke  (CEMO Oslo/HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Johannes König (University of Cologne)

Project duration: 2016-2019


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