Social Pedagogy specialized in Research on Vocational Education and Didactics

The field of work of social pedagogy with the focus on vocational education and didactics is dedicated to qualification issues for social pedagogical professions on the one hand and education and training research in general.

The orientation is along the subject area of qualifications of social professions as well as social pedagogical vocational training and didactics research. This is because the question of how social pedagogical action can be learned is accompanied by attention to the design of social pedagogical vocational training courses. With regard to qualification, several questions arise, ranging from knowledge, conceptual and methodological approaches, fields of action and groups of addressees, organizational frameworks and socio-political issues to reflection and interaction skills. What is needed is an expansion and systematization of social pedagogical vocational training and didactics research, since it is capable of making a significant contribution to professionalization in the area of teaching and learning in social pedagogical vocational training courses. In terms of research methodology, the work is oriented along the lines of qualitative-reconstructive education and training research as well as development-oriented or design-based research. Both higher education and vocational training qualifications are included.

Focal points are among others:
- professionalization
- Research-based learning
- Diversity and inclusion
- Sustainability
- Digitizing teaching-learning formats


"Forum socio-educational qualifications: Dialog - Workshop - Research".

In this forum, networking between the fields of the vocational specialization social pedagogy, to the social pedagogical vocational training courses as well as (vocational) technical schools as well as to the social pedagogical practice is advanced. The forum includes different formats:

  • Dialogue days between university-based teacher training and vocational education (in cooperation with the University of Osnabrück and nifbe).
  • Didactics working group
  • Lecture series "Ways to a Didactics of Social Pedagogy" (together with Junior Professor Dr. Nina Göddertz/University of Paderborn)
  • Location of the research framework "Appropriation processes of the relation between theory and practice of future pedagogical professionals".

Research Projects

Studie „Gewinnung von Lehrkräften für die berufliche Ausbildung sozialpädagogischer Fachkräfte in der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe“
(Jan 17, 2023  Dec 31, 2023)
Project Lead: Dr. Nikola Ornig, Kienbaum Consultants International GmbH, advised by Prof. Dr. Anke Karber and Dr. Manuela Liebig (TU-Dresden)

Aneignungsprozesse der Relation von Theorie und Praxis zukünftiger pädagogischer Fachkräfte
(2019 - 2023)
Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Anke Karber

Digital Transformation Lab for Teaching and Learning (DigiTaL) - Teilprojekt 3
Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Anke Karber

Kohärenz erleben - Reflexion von Unterricht: Aufgabenorientiert und videobasiert 
(2021 - 2022)
Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Anke Karber, Prof. Dr. Kathrin Padberg-Gehle, Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Jessica Süßenbach, Dr. Timo Beckmann

(Nov 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2022)
Project Lead: Prof. Dr. Anke Karber



  • Prof. Dr. Anke Karber

Research Assistants

  • Anna Bobe
  • Moritz Paesche


  • Nina Pries
  • Kirsten Meißner
  • Sonja Rosenthal