DFG: Local Edu­ca­tio­nal Land­s­capes and Urban Deve­lo­p­ment. Inter­faces and Interlacings

2014 – 2017

fun­ding: DFG (Ger­man Rese­arch Foundation)
rese­ar­chers: Prof. Dr. Angela Uttke & Anna Juliane Heinrich
coope­ra­ting part­ners: Prof. Dr. Tho­mas Coe­len, Sie­gen Centre for Rese­arch on Socia­li­sa­tion, Bio­gra­phies, and Life Cour­ses at the Uni­ver­sity of Siegen
In the broad socio-poli­ti­cal dis­cus­sion on the topic of edu­ca­tion wit­hin the last decade, it beco­mes appa­rent that space and the urban con­text are important dimen­si­ons of edu­ca­tion and that edu­ca­tion is gai­ning impor­t­ance for urban deve­lo­p­ment. The coor­di­na­tion bet­ween the two sub­ject areas edu­ca­tion and urban deve­lo­p­ment the­re­fore requi­res con­si­de­ra­tion and inves­ti­ga­tion. This beco­mes par­ti­cu­larly evi­dent in con­cepts for so-cal­led local edu­ca­tio­nal land­s­capes (Ger. Bil­dungs­land­schaf­ten). The young field of rese­arch on edu­ca­tio­nal land­s­capes is cur­r­ently lacking a dis­cus­sion of urban plan­ning con­si­de­ra­ti­ons in edu­ca­tion, empi­ri­cal rese­arch as well as rese­arch from the spa­tial and plan­ning sci­en­ces. This rese­arch gap is the star­ting point of this pro­ject. The project’s aim is to sys­te­ma­ti­cally and empi­ri­cally examine the inter­faces and inter­la­cings bet­ween edu­ca­tion and urban deve­lo­p­ment at dif­fe­rent scales.
The rese­arch pro­ject is divi­ded into two modu­les: the first pro­ject module embraces empi­ri­cal rese­arch on the rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween edu­ca­tion and urban deve­lo­p­ment at dif­fe­rent scale levels (federal, state, city, district, neigh­bour­hood). The first phase of inves­ti­ga­tion wit­hin this pro­ject module is an explo­ra­tion of cross-sec­to­ral the­mes and dis­cus­sion threads of edu­ca­tio­nal policy and urban deve­lo­p­ment policy on federal, state and local level. The second phase of inves­ti­ga­tion wit­hin the first pro­ject module recon­structs the rela­tion bet­ween local edu­ca­tio­nal land­s­capes and the social and built envi­ron­ment of the city, districts and neigh­bour­hoods. The aim is to ana­lyse examp­les of local edu­ca­tio­nal land­s­capes with a par­ti­cu­lar focus on the social and built envi­ron­ment and the resul­ting objec­ti­ves in view of urban design and plan­ning. The second pro­ject module inclu­des an inte­gra­ted inter­pre­ta­tion of the rese­arch results and the deve­lo­p­ment of hypo­the­ses which describe the fin­dings on the inter­faces and inter­la­cings bet­ween edu­ca­tion and urban deve­lo­p­ment. The hypo­the­ses can form the basis for fur­ther research.
The expec­ted out­come of the rese­arch pro­ject is a new, inte­gra­ted and inter­di­sci­pli­nary reflec­tion on edu­ca­tion and urban deve­lo­p­ment. The pro­ject is based on rese­arch and dis­cus­sion on local edu­ca­tio­nal land­s­capes which was domi­na­ted by the edu­ca­tio­nal sci­en­ces so far and exami­nes the urban and spa­tial dimen­sion of edu­ca­tion. Wit­hin the debate on local edu­ca­tio­nal land­s­capes a posi­tive con­nec­tion bet­ween edu­ca­tion and urban deve­lo­p­ment is fre­quently sta­ted without being veri­fied by sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch. The pro­ject will fill this rese­arch gap and recon­struct and con­tex­tua­lize the rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween the two fields.