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Doing Transitions

Collaborative DFG-funded Research Training Group at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

"Doing Transitions"

Forms of embodiment of transitions during the life course

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The research training group focuses on the question how transitions in the life course are shaped and produced. Transition research so far has dealt with structural factors of transitions and their effects on individual agency and life course trajectories. The research training group starts from the assumption that transitions are shaped and produced through social practices. It aims at complementing transition research by the analysis of how transitions do emerge. The focus lies on the interrelation between discourses on transitions, institutional regulation and pedagogical action as well as individual processes of learning, education and coping. Re-search questions address all life ages from childhood up to old age along three thematic strands:

  • How are transitions produced and framed by the discursive articulation of demands, dis-tinction of success and failure and identification of risks? 
  • How are transitions regulated and processed at institutional level? What aspects of peda-gogical action are included in the formal and informal processing of transitions?
  • How are transitions shaped through individual processes of coping, learning and education and how is this reflected in individual development and life course trajectories?

Apart from this, interest lies on the interrelationship between levels on which transitions are shaped and produced. The research training group addresses excellent graduates and post-docs interested in these questions, especially from educational science, sociology and psy-chology. Further, it aims at 

  • contributing to a broader transdisciplinary understanding of transitions as social practice in addressing uncertainty and how this is related with social reproduction of inequality,
  • contributing to reflexivity with regard to the discursive, institutional and pedagogical as well as individual processing of established and newly emerging transitions in the life course,
  • placing young researchers in disciplines, research areas and professional fields that are concerned with transitions as well as at the interfaces in which transitions evolve.

The excellence of the research training group is secured by the high profile and expertise of the consortium, the availability of international networks, a differentiated process of recruit-ment as well as the high quality of the training programme which is sensitive to participation and to equal opportunities.

Participating professors:

Prof.'in Dr. Sabine Andresen, Professorin für Erziehungswissenschaft, Sozialpädagogik und Familienforschung

Prof.'in Dr. Petra Bauer, Professorin für Erziehungswissenschaft, Sozialpädagogik

Prof.'in Dr. Birgit Becker, Professorin für Soziologie und Empirische Bildungsforschung

Prof.'in Dr. Barbara Friebertshäuser, Professorin für Allgemeine Erziehungswissenschaft und Empirische Geschlechterforschung

Prof.'in Dr. Christiane Hof, Professorin für Erziehungswissenschaft, Schwerpunkt Erwachsenenbildung/Weiterbildung

Prof. Dr. Frank Oswald, Professor für Interdisziplinäre Alternswissenschaft, Schwerpunkt Entwicklung, Bildung und Beratung

Prof. Dr. Markus Rieger-Ladich, Professor für Erziehungswissenschaft, Schwerpunkt Allgemeine Pädagogik

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Professor für Erziehungswissenschaft, berufliche und betriebliche Weiterbildung

Prof.'in Dr. Barbara Stauber (stellvertretende Sprecherin), Professorin für Erziehungswissenschaft, Sozialpädagogik

Prof. Dr. Andreas Walther (Sprecher), Professor für Erziehungswissenschaft. Schwerpunkt Sozialpädagogik und Jugendhilfe

Save the date! Conference Announcement

Transitions in the life course – what do we know and what does it mean?
International conference of the DFG Research Training Group “Doing Transitions”

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, April 26 – 28, 2017.

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Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Institut fuer Sozialpaedagogik und Erwachsenenbildung
Prof. Dr. Walther
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main

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