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Millions of Euros for teacher-training project

Published on 29. September 2015, 10:05 h
‘Bi-professional – Sei professionell!’

Bielefeld University’s proposals on the topics ‘critical and reflective practice orientation’, ‘learning through research during internships’, and ‘inclusion-sensitive diagnosis, support, and didactics’ have been approved for the programme ‘Quality Pact for Teaching. The funding programme by Germany’s federal and Land governments is providing a total of 500 million Euros from now until 2023 to improve study conditions and the quality of teaching in higher education through sustainable projects.


Bielefeld University is delighted to be receiving up to five million Euros over the next three and a half years. The exact amount of funding has yet to be announced. ‘This major success in the 'Quality Pact for Teaching' programme  represents a further strengthening of our teacher training and research in this domain,’ according to Professor Dr. Claudia Riemer, Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching. Professor Dr. Martin Egelhaaf, Vice-Rector for Research, Young Researchers and Transfer, remarked, ‘This underlines the national significance and visibility of Bielefeld University as an innovative location in such a highly relevant field for society as teaching and research.’

With its project ‘Bi-professional – Sei professionell!’ [Bi-professional  – be professional], Bielefeld University addresses three central goals of teacher-training research: it will be setting up research and development centres on the topics ‘critical and reflective practice orientation’, ‘learning through research during internships’, and ‘inclusion-sensitive diagnosis, support, and didactics’.

By turning more research and development projects into institutions, Bi-professional aims to establish a ‘Professional School 2020’ with stronger structural ties to the administration, service, and research provisions at the Bielefeld School of Education (BiSEd). Three new research and development centres will be set up in close cooperation with all of the nine faculties engaged in teacher training: a practice orientation counselling centre, an interdisciplinary competence centre on learning through research, and a centre for inclusion-sensitive diagnosis, support, and didactics.
These centres will make it possible to develop and implement attractive practice-oriented courses for teacher-training students. At the same time, the research contexts established through Bi-professional will encourage further research projects. These, in turn, will serve to further develop the range of services offered by the centres.

To implement the proposal, Bielefeld University can draw on the participation of the 32 professors and 12 post-docs in the project who come from all nine faculties engaged in teacher training. The funding proposal was prepared by the Director of the BiSEd, Professor Dr. Ingwer Paul, and the head of the Oberstufen-Kolleg [high school college] scientific institution, Professor Dr. Martin Heinrich. Professor Dr. Heinrich will also be heading the entire project. Looking forward to the coming years of intensive cooperation in research and development on teacher training at Bielefeld University, he is pleased to see that: ‘In the long term, the institutionalization of the three research and development centres will particularly meet the repeated demands for cooperation between the numerous subject-specific teaching methodologies and education science and it will strengthen this cooperation.’  

With the ‘Quality Pact for Teaching’, Germany’s federal and Land governments are promoting and supporting reforms in teacher training. Prospective teachers should be better prepared for everyday work in schools and also to work with the aspect of inclusion. A total of 49 proposals were selected for the second round of approval. These will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research up to the end of 2018 or mid-2019. The 19 projects approved in the first round started work in the summer of 2015. Thirty projects were selected for the second round that are being got ready to receive funding from January 1, 2016 onwards.

Further information is available online at:
www.qualitaetsoffensive-lehrerbildung.de

Contact:
Professor Dr. Martin Heinrich, Bielefeld University
Faculty of Educational Science
Telephone: 0521 106-6872
Email: martin.heinrich@uni-bielefeld.de  

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