Faculty of Education Education, School, and Behaviour Research

From GDR Homeland Studies to Social Studies. Primary school before and after 1989

Subproject in the research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation". The average age of teachers at Thuringian schools is around 50. A large number of the primary school teachers working in Thuringia today were educated in the GDR and personally experienced the social upheaval of 1989/1990. They witnessed the change in educational policy and the transformation of the subject of local history from an ethos to a subject, which is now called local history in Thuringian primary schools. This change has hardly been researched in the history of education. Taking the subject of local history as an example, the study examines how elementary school teachers, who were obliged to educate children politically and ideologically in the GDR, experienced, helped to shape and remembered the fundamental reorientation of their subject after 1989.

01/2019 - 12/2022

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Project management

Prof. Dr. Sandra Tänzer
Holder of the Professorship "Pädagogik und Didaktik des Sachunterrichts" (Faculty of Education)

Main project

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How did a subject with a critical and emancipatory orientation turn into a subject with a critical and emancipatory approach? How did local history teachers deal with this fundamental change in their understanding of the subject? How did they themselves experience this transformation process in their professional biographies, and what influence do the personal values and attitudes that emerged from their experiences have on the didactic-methodical approach to the subject of "GDR history" in primary school history lessons?

A didactic development research project is integrated into the research programme: teachers and researchers will jointly develop and test teaching-learning materials for primary school lessons on the topic of "GDR history" and make them available for general use in the classroom.

teacher education history of education

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Research focus

Education, School, and Behaviour