Social Pedagogy as an academic discipline investigates the most diverse forms of (professionalized) processing of ‘the social’ in theoretical, empirical and historical terms. The task for interdisciplinary and internationally oriented Social Pedagogy is to raise analytical and critical questions and to carry out application-oriented basic research in order to offer specific knowledge of reflection on social conditions and professional problems. The analysis therefore focuses on publicly and privately organized forms of support for individuals in situations of discrimination and limited opportunities for social participation. The chair investigates these relationships from perspectives of professional and power analysis, state, normativity, body, subject, and difference theory.
The Chair Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy is occupied by Catrin Heite (Professor of Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy),Clarissa Schär (senior teaching and research assistant), Franziska Schlattmeier (Postdoc and project assistant) and Sonja Geiser (administrative office). In addition, Andrea Riepl and Luiza Vafina are PhD students in the SNF-funded project "Subjective Well-Being of Children in German-speaking Switzerland".
We conduct research on childhood, adolescence, family, and the professional handling of social conditions and issues, among other things in the context of social inequalities. We are currently investigating the following research questions:
Our current research project:
University of Zurich
Institute of Education
Chair of Social Pedagogy
Tel. +41 44 634 27 63
Sonja Geiser (administrative office): firstname.lastname@example.org