Universität Wien

490054 PS Praxisforschung (2020W)

empirical Research in adult education

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 49 - Lehrer*innenbildung
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Deutsch, Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Monday 05.10.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 12.10.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 19.10.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 09.11.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 16.11.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 23.11.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 30.11.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 07.12.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 14.12.2020 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 11.01.2021 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 18.01.2021 13:15 -14:45 Digital
Monday 25.01.2021 13:15 -14:45 Digital

Montag 05.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 12.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 19.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 09.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 16.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 23.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 30.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 07.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 14.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 11.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 18.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 25.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Adult learning differs from more conventional contexts of schooling and requires a different approach to the identification and evaluation of learner needs and learning outcomes. In Austria, there are seven night schools (“Abendgymnasien”) that offer adults the opportunity to take preparatory courses for the ‘Reifeprüfung’ examination (“Matura”). As part of the Cooperation School Project, the Centre for Teacher Education has been cooperating with Abendgymnasium Wien in order to develop and strengthen organizational development measures. Empirical research in adult learning thus constitutes an additional institutional gain for schools and universities by creating efficient and practice-based cooperation possibilities.
In this proseminar, which is part of the Cooperation School Project, students will gain practical insights into the organizational structures of an Austrian night school and participate in processes of school development by means of their own empirical research activities. In doing so, students will gain experience in a mostly unfamiliar andragogical field of practice while at the same time being introduced to the reflection of practice. Students learn to use methods of the social sciences such as, inter alia, classroom observation, questionnaire development, research interviews etc. and to perform analyses and evaluations of the data collected. Real-life encounters and cooperation between teachers, academics and students are at the heart of the seminar and serve to enable students to carry out practical empirical research in one of Austria’s night schools (e.g. in Vienna, Graz, Linz).
Empirical research is conducted in project teams and based on established approaches taken from social research methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method designs. Importantly, the questions to be dealt with in the project teams are obtained from andragogical practice in one of the night schools and are selected due to their perceived significance by the institutions. Students will frequently work at the night school assigned to them.
The project teams develop their own questions within the framework of the given framework topic and choose an appropriate research design in consultation with the course leader. Towards the end of the semester, project teams provide research results that can be used for further projects. Delivering presentations and engaging in related exercises within their project teams, participants obtain an overview of the most common empirical research methods and are able to apply them directly to andragogical practice. In addition to working in project teams during the course, students will make use of the resources on Moodle, which will support and facilitate communication among the participants.

In the course, the students will
• become acquainted with basic knowledge and skills in social science research methods,
research ethics and data protection law
• acquire skills of analysis and reconstruction by means of mixed-method analysis
• develop media skills through working with virtual learning platforms
• plan, carry out and reflect on teamwork
• obtain insights into project work and project management and apply these insights to a specific project
• gain experience in writing systematic and scientific reports
• develop skills in reflection

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The following criteria are used to assess students‘ performance:
• regular attendance and active participation (including online and on-site presence)
• willingness and ability to work in a team (assuming a certain role and area of responsibility)
• willingness and ability to carry out a research project in a team: (formulation of research
question / selection of research design / data collection / evaluation / presentation of results)
• ability to write a systematic and collaborative research report
• ability to keep a comprehensive and structured research diary
• willingness and ability to reflect on project work undertaken
• willingness and ability to engage in self-assessment of own learning processes

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Due to the process-related nature of the course, regular attendance is a basic requirement. In the case of special circumstances, up to four hours may be excused. This decision lies at the discretion of the course leader.
The submission of the written project report is obligatory.
Assessment scale:
• Participation: 20 points
• Presentation: 30 points
• Project report: 50 points

A positive assessment of the course requires 60 points:
• Sehr gut (1): 100-90 points
• Gut (2): 89-80 points
• Befriedigend (3): 79-70 points
• Genügend (4): 69-60 points
• Nicht genügend (5): 59-0 points


See ‘Information‘ above.
The seminar will be conducted in cooperation with Bundesgymnasium, Bundesrealgymnasium und Wirtschaftskundliche Realgymnasium für Berufstätige, Brünner Straße 72, A-1210 Vienna.
More detailed information will be provided in the first session.


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Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:27