Cultural Participation and Arts Education

Several of our projects in this main research area address a wide range of cultural leisure activities of children and young people that are often neglected by educational large-scale studies. These activities include musicking (by elementary and secondary students), painting, reading and writing, as well as sports activities or digital making. We examine the determinants of participation, in particular children’s and adolescents’ participation-related beliefs. On this basis, we investigate aspects of the quality of interventions to increase participation.



The project is one of the winning projects in the “Hochschulwettbewerb im Wissenschaftsjahr 2022” university competition on science communication. This year’s competition focuses on citizen science and participation.

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....

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...