Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy

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.

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), Margot Vogel Campanello (senior teaching and research assistant), Clarissa Schär (teaching and research assistant), Franziska Schlattmeier (teaching and research assistant), Patrick Sprecher (student assistant), Rahel Staubli (proofreader of the editorial volumes of Zürcher Begegnungen) and Sonja Geiser (administrative office).

Contact

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

Tel. +41 44 634 27 63

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

Current Research Project

The chair collaborates 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. 

Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. Catrin Heite

  • Since September 2012 Professor for Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy at the University of Zurich, Institute of Education
  • Professor of Social Pedagogy at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute of Social Work and Social Pedagogy (October 2011 - August 2012)
  • 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 (December 2011)
  • Academic Councilor at the University of Münster, Institute of Education, Department II – Extracurricular Education / Social Pedagogy (October 2008 - September 2011)
  • Postdoc at the Research Training Group Jugendhilfe im Wandel, University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Education, AG8: Social Work (August 2007 - September 2008)
  • Project Coordinator in the Erasmus Curriculum Development Project “New Models of Activism in European Social Work” (PhD-network), Location of Bielefeld (Januar 2007 - July 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. (2007)
  • PhD-Scholarship of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (January 2004 - December 2006)

Research interests:

  • theory and history of social pedagogy
  • professionalism
  • transformation of the welfare state
  • childhood studies
  • social inequality
  • gender studies

Curriculum Vitae Dr. Margot Vogel Campanello

  • Since September 2019 Senior 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
  • Since September 2013 Lecturer and project leader at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art, Department Social Work, Co-project leader with Dr. Susanna Niehaus: Research project (NRP 76): ‘Welfare practice in response to child neglect: Reconstruction and analysis of the discourse on family, childrearing, and motherhood’ (2018 – 2021)
  • Doctorate in Educational Science (Dr. phil.), University of Zurich, thesis title ‘Masculinity and nationalism. Analyses of the self portrayal of right-wing youth’, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Fatke (2012), Dissertation published 2015 by Chronos Verlag Zürich. Title: Männlichkeit und Nationalismus. Deutung der Selbstdarstellung rechtsorientierter junger Erwachsener.
  • 2009–2011 teaching and research assistant at the Chair of special education: society, participation and disability, University of Zurich (2009 – 2011)
  • Doctoral student Marie Heim-Vögtlin programme Swiss National Science Foundation (2010 – 2011)
  • Doctoral student National Research Programme 40+: ‘Right-wing extremism’, University of Zurich (2004 – 2007)
  • Social worker, Zurich (1998 – 2004 & 2012 – 2013)
  • lic. phil. in Educational Science (social pedagogy, civil law, psychopathology in childhood and adolescence), University of Zürich (2002)

Research interests:

  • social inequality and family
  • child protection
  • right-wing extremism, racism and violence
  • methods of qualitative social research

Curriculum Vitae Clarissa Schär, MA

Born 1983

  • Since 2018 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
  • Since 2016 founding member and board member of the community of interests for quality in child protection
  • Teaching and research assistant at the Institute for Studies in Children and Youth Services of the School of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts North Western Switzerland (2013–2018)
  • Teaching and research assistant at the Chair Theory and Methods of Social Work at University of Duisburg-Essen (2012–2013)
  • 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 (2011–2013)
  • Master thesis titled Jugendliche im Internet. Eine qualitative Untersuchung zur Konstruktion von Geschlecht anhand experimenteller Selbstdarstellungen auf Fotografien  (young people on the Internet. A qualitative investigation into the construction of gender using experimental self-representations in photographs).
  • Studies of Educational Science (focus on social pedagogy), Geography, and Popular Culture Studies at the University of Zurich with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (2004–2011).

Research interests:

  • child protection
  • childhood and youth research (especially in the context of new media)
  • body and gender theoretical approaches
  • cultural studies
  • education and social inequality
  • theory and history of social pedagogy
  • photo analyses

Curriculum Vitae Franziska Schlattmeier, MA

Born 1984

  • 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
  • Student assistant (2013–2015)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Research interests:

  • educational science of early childhood
  • childhood studies
  • children’s wellbeing
  • social inequality
  • theories of profession
  • methods of qualitative social research

Curriculum Vitae Patrick Sprecher, BA

  • Since 2019 student assistant at the Chair of Educational Science with focus on Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich
  • Since 2018 auxiliary activities at several chairs of the Institute of Education at the University of Zurich
  • Since 2017 studies of Education Science at the University of Zurich
  • Professional activities (subject teacher, class teacher / leading positions in schools), voluntary activities in governmental and non-governmental organizations, political commitment (2007-2017)
  • Studies at St. Gallen University of Teaching Education: Teaching Diploma for Secondary School (2003-2007)

Research interests:

  • Social theories and philosophy of science; postmodern approaches
  • Social pedagogy as a scientific discipline and an academic profession; theories of social pedagogy
  • Social pedagogy within the educational system; theoretical, empirical and historical issues of school social work