Cultural Participation, Digital Transformation and Empowerment

Technological advances are changing our everyday lives at a stunning pace. Thus, it becomes increasingly important that citizens master digital technologies and learn how to harness them for pursuing their own goals. This process of digital empowerment may particularly encourage children and adolescents to use new technologies for the benefit of their peers and society as a whole. This does also apply to the fields of cultural and arts education. Several of our projects in this focus area address a broad range of cultural leisure activities among children and youth that are often inadequately represented in large-scale education studies. These activities include the classic facets of participation in culture in the sense of the arts via music-making, painting, reading, and writing. But these activities also include those that correspond to a broad concept of culture, such as sports activities.

In our more recent projects, we started exploring the processes of digital empowerment in the field of digital making as an emerging facet of cultural education. These projects lie at the intersection of classical research on cultural education in the field of the arts on the one hand and science and technology education on the other. We investigate how to encourage children and young people in particular to use digital technology for their own cultural-aesthetic development as well as for solving practical individual or social problems. We are interested in what motivates young people to participate in digital culture and how low-threshold non-formal offerings and motivating settings for non-formal and informal education can be designed.


Recent Research Projects on Cultural Participation, Digital Transformation and Empowerment

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.

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...

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...


Recent Publications on Cultural Participation, Digital Transformation and Empowerment


Kathrin Smolarczyk and Stephan Kröner published an article on  "Two decades in the making: A scoping review on research on digital making and its potential for digital empowerment in non-formal settings"  in Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

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Kathrin Smolarczyk, Verena Wießnet, Lisa Birnbaum and Stephan Kröner published an article on "The effects of setting and music on the intention to participate in out-of-school music classes: An experimental video vignette study" in Psychology of Music (Impact Factor: 2.204)


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Stephan Kröner, Alexander Christ and Marcus Penthin published an open access article on"Digitalization in aesthetics, arts and cultural education—a scoping review" (German) in Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (impact factor 0.828).

Digitalization is increasingly changing arts a...

Lisa Birnbaum, Elisabeth Schüller and Stephan Kröner published an article on "Who likes to engage in writing? - The role of children's beliefs and intrinsic value regarding leisure writing" in Educational Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.903).

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