dditional Travel and Lodging Grants for the International Summer School on Textbook and Educational Media Research in Braunschweig from September 23 to 27, 2013
The Georg Eckert Institute is pleased to announce the availability of funds to accept additional applications from doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences working with textbooks and/or other educational media who would like to participate in its third Summer School on “Actors – Discourses – Practices: New Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Cultural Studies for Research Into Textbooks and Other Educational Media.”
The Georg Eckert Institute – Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research invites applications from doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences working with textbooks and/or other educational media to participate in the third International Summer School of the Georg Eckert Institute.
Recently textbook research has been subject to an “empirical turn;” it has broadened and diversified its scope to adopt transdisciplinary and praxeological approaches from the social sciences and cultural studies. These new approaches place more weight on examining textbooks and other educational media in the contexts of their production, alteration and reception, and on the actors and discourses shaping them. Accordingly, contemporary educational media research includes a wealth of qualitative and quantitative methods such as ethnographical classroom studies, interviews, discourse analysis, etc. The 2013 GEI Summer School seeks to investigate these developments further by using diverse empirical methodology to focus on the various actors, texts and practices relating to educational media.
The summer school pursues three closely related aims. First, it seeks to enlarge upon and intensify the methodological competencies and research perspectives of early-career scholars with regard to the analysis of textbooks and other educational media. Second, the summer school aims to provide an interdisciplinary and international discussion forum that will allow its participants to debate on key research questions within an open and critical atmosphere. Innovative methodological approaches will be presented in the contexts of specific research projects. Third, the summer school seeks to integrate its participants into the existing Georg Eckert Institute network of early-career scholars from a variety of disciplines and methodologies.
Methods and approaches will be presented and discussed in five panels on the following topics:
Biographical Research - Teachers as Mediators of Textbook and Curriculum: To what extent are the biographical experiences of teachers imparted together with curricular requirements and the contents of teaching materials, thus becoming part of school education? How do teachers shape the process of conveying and interpreting institutional requirements for those facts, processes and/or entire historical periods that coincide or collide with their own personal histories? How effective are institutional interpretations that have been condensed into the forms of curricula and textbooks?
Policy and Network Analysis – The Role of Educational Media Experts: How are educational media experts and their expertise socially constructed? Which power relations arise between advisors and those advised, and are they relevant to educational media discourses? How do experts in the field of educational media contribute to the circulation of knowledge and conceptions with regard to the development of educational media?
Discourse Analysis – Interdisciplinary Approaches from Cultural Studies: How is historical and political consciousness determined by textbook discourses? How is textbook knowledge discursively shaped in the medium and “constructorium” of the textbook? Which discourses shape the production and reception of textbooks? How can textbook analyses be used to examine socially relevant discourses?
Broadened Perspectives as a Result of the Visual Turn in Textbook Analysis: How are textbook contents coded and conveyed via images? What is the function of imagery within the textbook narrative? To what extent can we speak of a correspondence between texts and images in textbooks? Which analytical options does a broader concept of “text” entail in view of the visual turn and how can we address these from a methodological point of view?
Ethnographical Approaches to Qualitative Social Research: How do children and young people use textbooks and other educational media in social situations (also aside from the pedagogical and curricular intention)? What are the consequences of the shift from the interview to observation with regard to textual representativity and/or authority? How do analyses using objective hermeneutics alter theoretical assumptions regarding the contents and functions of educational media? Which challenges arise as a result of using objective hermeneutics to analyse textbooks and classroom situations?
General Information and Application Information
The working language of the summer school will be English. Accommodation and meals will be provided and participants will be reimbursed for their travel expenses.
Application deadline: August 16, 2013
Doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than one page, together with a CV and publication list as one PDF document (file name: last name, first name; 3 MB max.) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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