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Course: Meeting children with an enquiring attitude

Research-based learning – teachers explore language learning processes

Admission requirements

STEOP, at least 100 ECTS-CP

Semester: 7



Language education / MSP


This research workshop supports the development and promotion of a research habitus (i.e. as a place for research-based learning and reflection on methods). The inquiring attitude leads to generating and ordering bases for scientific practices and ideas. In particular, the topics and research methods will be discussed using examples in the field of language education, and the students will be encouraged to engage in their own academic discussions. The students learn how to write scientific papers (especially seminar papers, Bachelor’s theses, and later Master’s theses) in relation to their focus areas.

  • Scientific knowledge acquisition for practice (including paradigms and attitudes of science, being familiar with, distinguishing, and reflecting on methods, discussing and designing survey instruments, critically reflecting on research objects, developing questions, planning and carrying out a scientific paper, structure of a Bachelor’s thesis, finding of topics, research questions, literature research, citation, research ethics).
  • Orientation framework of the researching attitude (including research-led, research-informed, research-based, and research-oriented)
  • Development of occupational research questions in the field of language education and multilingualism and corresponding research designs
  • Critical examination of the current state of research in multilingualism theory, language acquisition, and language learning and teaching research as well as cultural studies in the process of research-based learning
  • Theory- and criteria-based analysis of cultural artefacts (e.g. literature, music, art, dance, and theatre) of learning media and learning products for the development and evaluation of didactic potentials in a multilingual context
  • Theory- and criterion-guided examination of case studies on the linguistic development of children in a multilingual context from pedagogical practice as a research and learning process
  • Critical examination of scientific findings and the presentation thereof

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