Research

This is a meta-project, encompassing monitoring of the individual sub-projects, research syntheses and outreach related to the BMBF-funded priority programme on digitalization in cultural education. Its aim is to synthesize available evidence from international research on digitalization in cultural education, including that provided by the projects funded in the priority programme. Moreover, we monitor and support the individual research projects within the programme. This includes facilitation of networking among the funded projects as well as with national and international researchers in the field. The meta-project provides young scientists from the priority program with methodological support...

Recent developments in digitization may be seen as threats, however, they also provide the opportunity to foster a positive relationship of people with their communities via participatory regional development. This may be particularly positive for sustainable development of rural areas at risk of demographic decline. The project's aim is to synthesize, systematize and analyse Europe-wide examples of 'good practice' related to digital strategies and instruments on this issue. These examples will be compiled, resulting in an orientation framework that is being made available in the form of a digital toolbox for further use in regional development...

Many women in Germany are single parents, unemployed and without a well-founded professional qualification. How can their quality of life be improved, and at the same time, their professional integration achieved? How can they get involved in processes of empowerment? In a design-based research (DBR) project, we are evaluating and accompanying an intervention aimed at this target group, sponsored by the European Social Fund (ESF)...

How do religious or ideological orientations of teachers affect their professional thinking and acting? There is a serious research deficit regarding this question, especially in Europe and Germany. Therefore, we follow the question of how the religiosity of teachers affects their professional tasks - whether as a supporting resource or as a problematic disruptive factor. To pursue this question, we – building up on pilot studies for the development of suitable scales –take an exemplary look on the focus on religiosity and the religious beliefs in a greater invested study with teachers and investigate their connections with professional convictions.

How can practical music performance competencies and accompanying activity-related behavioral, normative, and control beliefs be diagnosed? How may beliefs and competencies be fostered by interventions featuring education in music? And how do the participants experience these interventions? Two sub-projects investigated these questions. In the sub-project at FAU, we focused on the development and implementation of a musical education intervention with the aim of fostering musical leisure activities. In field experiments, we implemented different versions to assess the impact of various design features on behavioral outcomes...

Musical activities are an important aspect of cultural participation, however, quantitative-empirical studies of determinants of musical activities in primary school age are rare. This interdisciplinary project focuses on determinants of musical activities in primary school students based on the theory of planned behavior. The project addresses effects of (a) the intrinsic value of musical activities as an aspect of attitude (“joy of playing a musical instrument”), (b) the musical affinity of parents and friends as aspects of the subjective norm and (c) the musical self-concept as the subjective perception of the own musical competencies in terms of the perceived behavioral control....

In spite of academic reforms aiming at shorter study periods, there are still students exceeding the specified course duration. Thus, it is of great interest for university managers to know where the causes for exceeding the specified course duration can be found, in order to be able to take appropriate measures. In a first sub-project, reasons for exceeding the standard period of study were identified and systematized in order to develop questionnaires for the collection of relevant causes. For this purpose, reasons for long study times emerging from the literature were systematized and categorized. As a further source for the categorization, qualitative data (N = 565) from a student survey...

To which extent do primary school children with and without a migratory background use reading and writing competencies as well as artistic-creative competencies that they have acquired in school in their leisure time? Which behavioral, normative, and control beliefs  predict the extent of leisure reading, writing and artistic-creative activities? The aim of the proposed project is a longitudinal study of these questions. Effects of beliefs, gender and socio-economic status are studied on an individual level. Features of quality of instruction are added on class level. The results of the project are meant to serve as a starting point for the development of measures to support reading, writing and artistic-creative design as leisure activity...

Today, a large number of children and adolescents show deficits in terms of motor-coordination competences. A possible reason is the lower extent of physical activities compared to former generations. Although elementary school age is probably pivotal for establishing habits related to physical activities, this has rarely been studied previously. Starting from the theory of planned behavior, suitable scales were developed and piloted. These scales have been applied in a large-scale longitudinal study on determinants and effects of physical activities in primary school children...