Trier University is a research-active university which offers various Bachelor’s, Master's and PhD degrees for its approx. 13,000 students and forms an integral part of the University of the Greater Region (Uni-GR), a cross-border alliance of six universities across Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The PIONEERED project will be hosted at the department of education, which contributes to the broad range of primary and secondary school teacher training programmes and provides independent BA and MA study programs in education focusing on social pedagogy (education-based social work) and organizational studies, which specifies the department’s extensive research activities, too. The project will be anchored in the research group of Social Pedagogy II which has pronounced expertise in welfare-orientated practice-analytical research, social reporting and qualitative approaches to child & youth services including Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), inclusion/exclusion, well-being, border studies, and the reproduction of social inequalities.
Main Tasks in the Project
With its expertise, the UT Team will exercise main responsibilities in WP5 on pioneering practices in formal and informal education. UT participates in every task of WP5 and is responsible for Task 5.3: Analyzing selected cases of pioneering educational practices in each country, in which qualitative case studies are conducted along multifaceted ethnographies (fieldnotes, conversations, observations, experiences) in education institutions in every PIONEERED partner country selected according to the methodological framework (developed in WP2). Furthermore, UT brings in its expertise in other joined work packages, such as WP2 (refining methodological framework), WP3 (policy analysis) and WP6 (synthesis).