On Wednesday, June 22 2022, an Online Information Event for potential students took place.
The presentation (in German) is available here: Präsentation_22. Juni 2022_fin
In memoriam Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andreas Vohns (1975 – 2021)
We dedicate this thematic doctoral programme to our colleague Andreas Vohns from the Department of Didactics of Mathematics, who passed away in January 2021.
Working together closely since January 2019 on the development of the joint doctoral programme, we greatly appreciated Andreas Vohns as an immensely clever and cooperative colleague. Always very precise in his approach, he consistently focused on what unites us – at times transcending the different modes of thinking within educational research – and in so doing he was instrumental in advancing the orientation of our programme.
Andreas Vohns’ contribution has been invaluable, particularly in the final stages of drafting and applying for the doctoral programme, and he served as its enthusiastic speaker from the time it was formally approved in May 2020.
The joy surrounding the launch of the programme is overshadowed by this loss.
The thematic doctoral programme “Bildung und Transformation” is endowed with an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary orientation and is offered as a cooperative programme by the Department of Didactics of Mathematics, the Department of Educational Science, the Department of German Studies and the Department of Instructional and School Development. Embedded in the context of Educational Research, it is grounded in the pedagogical understanding that education and learning are not merely concerned with formation, but rather, in no small measure, aim at the transformation of subjects and collectives in formal, non-formal and informal contexts and across the entire lifespan. Processes of social transformation and challenges such as social inequality, educational poverty, digitalisation, changes in the world of work, migration, diversity or environmental issues also influence education and learning processes, their foundations and conditions. The study of transformation through and in education also embraces the notion that social conditions can be changed through education and thus individual or collective transformation processes can be actively initiated – supporting the claim to participation, humanisation, democratisation and social justice. How the relationship between education and transformation is received and processed on an individual, a collective, an institutional and a societal level, or which changes are set, prevented or (jointly) shaped, is a theoretical-normative and empirical issue requiring further clarification and one that opens up a wide range of research opportunities.
Three research perspectives are central to the thematic doctoral programme “Education and Transformation”:
- Social participation and involvement against the backdrop of social inequality, social exclusions and restrictions and (self-)empowerment
- Quality and impact of teaching and learning in formal contexts or, respectively, in the field of non-formal education and informal learning; teaching and learning processes; designing settings for learning under shifting societal conditions or meeting changing requirements
- Structures and cultures of educational institutions: governance, organisational development, professionalisation, designing educational programmes, interface issues (transitions)
Academic degree: Dr. phil. (Educational Research, Didactics of German, Pedagogy) or Dr. rer. nat. (Didactics of Mathematics)
Duration of studies: 3 years
Languages of instruction: German, English
- Admission to the doctorate in Educational Research, Didactics of German, Didactics of Mathematics or Pedagogy;
- Confirmation of supervision by a member of teaching staff who is authorised to supervise
It is possible to enter into the doctoral programme “Education and Transformation” at any time (including a transfer from an existing doctoral degree).
Educational Research, particularly
- Adult education and learning and vocational education and training
- Subject-related didactics
- Teacher education / instructional research
- Migration and diversity education
- Social education
Application and Admission Procedure
Students are subject to the Curriculum for Doctoral Degree Programmes at the University of Klagenfurt in the applicable version as amended.
Candidates are invited to submit their informative application documents (research sketch; valid admission to a relevant doctoral degree; provisional confirmation of supervision by a member of teaching staff authorised to supervise; curriculum vitae; academic degrees to date including evaluations/grades) combined into one PDF document, addressing it to bildung-transformation [at] aau [dot] at.
Admission to the doctoral programme “Education and Transformation” is determined by a selection committee consisting of scholars authorised to supervise from the participating departments. Applicants will be notified of the decision within four weeks.
- Thesis (cumulative1 or monographic)
- Completion of courses amounting to 30 ECTS credit points
1 For further information about the cumulative thesis, please refer to the corresponding regulation issued by the Vice-Rector for Studies. (Only available in German)
In alphabetical order:
- Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Gertraud Benke, M.A. Ph.D.
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Brauckmann-Sajkiewicz
- Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Hanfstingl
- Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Monika Kastner
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Kollosche
- Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Nicola Mitterer
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Florian H. Müller, M.A.
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Karl Peterlini
- Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Rauch
- Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Schlögl
- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Caroline Schmitt
- Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Päd. Dr. Stephan Sting
- Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Agnes Turner
- Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan Zehetmeier
Please address any requests for supervision or related enquiries directly to the scholar of your choice.
Speakers of the thematic doctoral programme
International cooperating partners
Prof. Dr. Sonja BIEG, Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, D
Prof. Dr. Marion BÖNNIGHAUSEN, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, D
Prof. Dr. Michael GAIDOSCHIK, Freie Universität Bozen, I
Prof. Dr. Stefan KRAUSS, Universität Regensburg, D
Prof. Dr. Mariana LEVIN, Western Michigan University, MI, USA
Prof. Dr. Victoria MARSICK, Columbia University, NY, USA
Prof. Dr. Markus PISSAREK, Universität Passau, D
Prof. Dr. Christine ZEUNER, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, D
If you have any questions about the thematic doctoral programme “Education and Transformation” please send an e-mail to
bildung-transformation [at] aau [dot] at
(for the attention of Nicole Kelner).