Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy

Social Pedagogy as an academic discipline is concerned with research into the varying forms of (professionalized) processing of ’the social’ from theoretical, empirical and historical points of view. The task for interdisciplinary and internationally-focused Social Pedagogy is to raise analytical and critical questions and provide basic application-oriented research in order to offer specific reflective knowledge of social relations and professional challenges. The objects of inquiry are thus both publicly and privately organized forms of support for people in situations involving disadvantage, discrimination and restricted opportunities for social participation. These conditions are reviewed from perspectives including theories of the state, profession, power, normativity, body, subject(ivisation) and differentiation.

Situation at the Chair

The chair Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy is occupied by Catrin Heite (Professor of Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy), Veronika Magyar (senior teaching and research assistant), Marion Pomey (senior teaching and research assistant), Franziska Schlattmeier (teaching and research assistant), Morad Salah (student assistant) and Sonja Geiser (administrative office).

Deputy and Changes HS 2017

Franziska Schlattmeier will be on maternity leave from September 2017 and will be represented by Sibille Hartmann. We welcome Sibille Hartmann very much. Unfortunately, Charlotte Spellenberg will leave our chair. She has found a new challenge at the University of Halle. We appreciated her valuable collaboration, competence and collegiality very much.

Contact

University of Zurich
Institute of Education
Social Pedagogy
Freiestrasse 36
CH-8032 Zürich
 

Tel. +41 44 634 27 63
Fax +41 44 634 45 40

Sonja Geiser (administrative office): sonja.geiser@uzh.ch

Actual Research Project

Collaboration with the international research group „Children´s Understandings of Well-being“. Coordination of the research cooperation: Dr. Tobia Fattore (Sydney), Prof. Dr. Susann Fegter (Berlin), Prof. Dr. Christine Hunner-Kreisel (Vechta)

http://www.cuwb.org/

›Children's Understandings of Well-being – global and local Contexts‹ is a research project that involves a qualitative investigation into how children conceptualise and experience well-being from a comparative and global perspective. The study aims to interrogate from children's perspectives the meanings of well-being and examines how children experience dimensions of well-being. In so doing we attempt to explore the importance of local, regional and national social, political and cultural contexts on these meanings and experiences, via a comparative national analysis. We work within a network of researchers across the globe who act as hubs to undertake qualitative fieldwork within their country.

Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. Catrin Heite

Since 09/2012

Professor of Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy at the University of Zurich, Institute of Education

10/2011 – 08/2012

Professor of Social Pedagogy at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy

12/2011

Habilitation at the University of Bielefeld: Habilitation Thesis: Soziale Arbeit und Wohlfahrtsstaatlichkeit. Professionalität in  generationaler Perspektive, Habilitation Colloquium: Disziplinäre und professionelle Entgrenzungen? Zur erziehungswissenschaftlichen Positionierung Sozialer Arbeit

10/2008 – 09/2011

Academic Councilor at the University of Münster, Institut of Education, Department II – Extracurricular Education / Social Pedagogy

08/2007 – 09/2008

Postdoc at the Research Training Group Jugendhilfe im Wandel, University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Education, AG8: Social Work

01/2007 – 07/2007

Project Coordinator in the Erasmus Curriculum Development Project „New Models of Activism in European Social Work“ (PhD-network), Location of Bielefeld

2007

Doctorate in Educational Sciences (Dr. phil.) at the University of Bielefeld. Dissertation published 2008 by Juventa-Verlag Series Edition Soziale Arbeit. Title: Soziale Arbeit im Kampf um Anerkennung. Professionstheoretische Perspektiven.

01/2004 – 12/2006

PhD-Scholarship of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

Research interests

Theory and history of social pedagogy, professionalism, transformation of the welfare state, childhood studies, social inequality, gender studies, childhood studies

Curriculum Vitae Dr. Veronika Magyar-Haas

Born in Ajka, Hungary, in 1979.

  • Studies of Educational Science, German Philology, and Philosophy at the University of Mannheim and in Frankfurt am Main
  • Master’s thesis on the significance of open institutions for the integration of children who speak at home another language as German (2002)
  • Social worker (family assistance) at the «Association for Social Pedagogical Models» in Frankfurt am Main (2002-2005)
  • Scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) |Research Training Group «Youth Welfare in Transition» (2005-2008)
  • Lecturer in the Department of Educational Science at the University of Bielefeld (2006-2008)
  • Researcher in the ethnographic pilot study on context-related analyses of the language behaviour of young children in kindergartens (2007-2008)
  • Research assistant and staff member at the Chairs of General Pedagogy and Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich (2008-2015)
  • Doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) from the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Bielefeld on the topic «Handling boundaries. Scopes of constitutions and negotiations of boundaries in pedagogical contexts» (07/2015)
  • Since August 2015, senior research assistant at the Chair of Social Pedagogy

Research interests:

  • Social-scientific research on body and emotions
  • Qualitative-empirical research on education and social inequality
  • Philosophy of education, philosophical anthropology, anthropological concepts in educational science
  • Pedagogy and community
  • Methods of qualitative social research, especially video-analyses

 

Curriculum Vitae Dr. Marion Pomey

Born in 1979. Studies of Social Pedagogy, Pedagogical Psychology, Special Pedagogy and Media Studies at the University of Zurich (2000-2008) with a foreign stay at the University of Florence in Italy (2004-2005): Graduation 2008 (lic. phil.). From 2009 until 2015: research assistant in Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education of the University of Zurich. From 2011 until 2013: Head of the third-party funded project on ‘Sozialpädagogische Krisenintervention - Zusammenarbeit mit den Eltern’. In July 2015, doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Science at the University of Zurich on the topic of 'Vulnerabilität und Fremdunterbringung - Eine Studie zur Entscheidungspraxis bei Kindeswohlgefährdung'. Since December 2015, senior research assistant at the Chair of Social Pedagogy.

Research interests

Theories and history of social work, social inequality and social policy, childhood studies: early childhood, child welfare and social intervention, methods of qualitative social research, especially ethnography and process-analysis

 

Curriculum Vitae Franziska Schlattmeier M A

Born 1984. Studies of Mathematics, German language and literature, and Educational Science at the University of Bielefeld in Germany with the degree of Master of Education (2004–2008). Afterwards work experience in the field of early education at a Swiss daycare center, followed by studies of Educational Science with the focus on Social Pedagogy and a minor in Special Needs Education at the University of Zurich with the degree of Master of Arts (2010–2016). Master thesis titled “Bildungs- und Erziehungspartnerschaft als ein Handlungsfeld in der Frühpädagogik aus professionstheoretischer Perspektive” (education partnership as an action field in the early education from a professional perspective). From 2013 to 2015, student assistant; since July 2016, teaching and research assistant at the Chair of Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich.

Research interests

Educational science of early childhood, childhood studies, children’s wellbeing, theories of profession

Curriculum Vitae Charlotte Spellenberg, Dipl. Päd.

Born in 1984
2005-2011, study of Pedagogy with focus on Social Pedagogy at the University of Münster, Germany
2011, diploma thesis on “Subjekt und Geschlecht – eine Frage der Intelligibilität?”
2011-2013, doctoral scholarship of the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.
Sept. 2012 - June 2013, assistant lecturer at the Chair of Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education of University Zurich, Switzerland
Sept. 2013 - Aug. 2014, teaching and research assistant at the Chair of General Science of Education
Since Sept. 2014, teaching and research assistant at the Chair of Social Pedagogy.
Dissertation: “Zur Begründung von Normativität in (sozial-)pädagogischer Theorie: Eine Analyse der Vermittlungen von Sein und Soll”

Research interests
Epistemology and philosophy of science, theories on normativity, theories of social pedagogy, philosophy of upbringing and education

 

Curriculum Vitae Morad Salah (Tutorial assistant)

Born in 1990. Studies in Educational Science (major) and Law/Psychology (minor) with a Bachelor of Arts degree (2011–2015) from the University of Zurich. Currently studies in Educational Science (major) with focus on Social Pedagogy and Law (minor) at the University of Zurich. As of January 2016, tutorial assistant at the Chair of Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich.

Research interests
Sport as an educational action field, childhood studies, children’s wellbeing, qualitative research methods