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190019 PS BM 4 Doing Education Science Using an Illustrative Theme (AHP+SB) (2021S)

Rewriting the Present through the Past - Historical Thinking and the Deconstruction of Educational Truisms

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 19 - Bildungswissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

BM 4 PS (AHP+SB) + BM 1 (2011)


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 35 participants
Language: German, English



The proseminar takes place weekly from 8 March 2021 always online
Monday 13.15 - 14.45.

If face-to-face teaching will be possible at a later date, the course will take place in seminar room 4.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar introduces students to academic writing in educational science with a particular focus on "education and history".

In addition to learning necessary scientific skills, such as literature research, citing and writing an excerpt, students are supported in finding their own research question and formulating their research project in an exposé, as well as conducting their own research and writing a final seminar paper.

In the seminar, students get to know the historical-genealogical approach as one (of many) possibilities of educational research. This course aims to sensitize students to the historicity of the present and the historical genesis of ideals, concepts, and their own scientific and/or educational practice.

Students will practice their academic skills by working with texts that deal with underlying assumptions and methods of historical educational research, as well as by engaging with examples of so-called 'Histories of the Present'. 'Histories of the Present' are a particular branch of historical research that aim to deconstruct contemporary truisms by showing how these supposed 'truths' came into being at certain times in certain places, in certain historical constellations and as a reaction to certain social demands.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Consistent and active participation in the seminar
- Completing several smaller assignments
o Exercises in research and citation
o Formulating a research question or thesis
o Writing an excerpt
o Formulating an exposé
o Etc.
- Writing a term paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Maximum two missed units as attendance is mandatory in this seminar. Students must have working microphones and cameras to participate in the seminar.

The overall grade is made up of the seminar paper (50%) and several smaller assignments (50%). The positive assessment of the seminar paper is necessary but not sufficient for passing the seminar.

Examination topics

Reading list

IMPORTANT: German skill are required. Students can write their assignments in English but the seminar will mostly be conducted in German.

Hacking, Ian (2002): Historical Ontology. Cambridge: Harvard University Press [Chapter 1: Historical Ontology ; Chapter 6: Making Up People]
Labaree, David F. (2013): Balancing access and advantage in the history of American schooling. In: Becker/Bühler/Bühler (Hrsg.): Bildungsungleichheit und Gerechtigkeit: Wissenschaftliche und Gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen. Bern: Haupt Verlag, S. 101-114
Nikolas Rose (1989/99): Governing The Soul - The Shaping of the Private Self. 2. Auflage. London: Free Association Books [Part III: The Child, the Family, and the Outside World, Chapters 7-15]
Reh, Sabine/Scholz, Joachim (2018): Historische Bildungsforschung und ihre erziehungswissenschaftlichen Perspektive. In: Erziehungswissenschaft 29 (56), 113-120.
Tenorth, Heinz Elmar (2018): Historische Bildungsforschung, in: Tippelt/Schmidt-Hertha (Hrsg.): Handbuch Bildungsforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer, 155-185.
Thurer, Shari (1995): Myths of Motherhood. How Culture re-invents the Good Mother. New York: Penguin Books [Chapter 5: Father Knows Best: Early Modern Mom; Chapter: 6 The Exaltation of Mother: Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Mom; Chapter 7: Fall from Grace: Twentieth-Century Mom]
Tröhler, Daniel (2016): The Educationalization of Social Problems and the Educationalization of the Modern World. Manuscript retrieved from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301915232_Educationalization_of_Social_Problems_and_the_Educationalization_of_the_Modern_World
Tschiggerl, Martin/ Walach, Thomas/Zahlmann, Stefan (2019): Geschichtstheorie. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Association in the course directory

BM 4 PS (AHP+SB) + BM 1 (2011)

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