Mediatisation and School Development
Mediatisation as a meta-process comprises all sectors of society, from the individual to communities to institutions. School is a social field where mediatisation processes have a strong effect on the one hand. On the other hand they are subject to organisation-specific framework conditions. Our research is focused on two directions:
• Change of school organization in the process of mediatisation:
• Data-based school development processes:
We support and evaluate development processes at the level of individual projects or individual schools as well as at regional level by applying quantitative and qualitative procedures of empiric research.
Information Technology Management in Educational Institutions
A precondition for learning by means of digital media is a high-capacity IT infrastructure suitable for daily use. To begin with, the continuous availability of digital media is required. Therefore, in the sense of IT governance, strategic concepts between central steering and local responsibility for IT management have to be developed and implemented.
Our main activities and challenges are:
• Development of strategies for infrastructure and equipment planning of school authorities (media development planning)
Life-long learning is an essential precondition for equal participation in societal development. The individual is constantly required to adapt himself to new developments with increasing velocity and to acquire the necessary skills. Therefore different learning places with manifold educational offers are needed. These offers can be systematically improved by cooperation, starting with the joint use of resources to the exchange of experiences to the development of a common understanding of education, taking account of the interests and requirements of the people living in the region and leading to adequate educational offers.
In our work we focus on educational offers for children and youths, as the basis for personal educational success is laid in the early years. With full-time education as a guiding principle, our interest is focused on how schools can cooperate with external learning places in order to develop a sustainable education model for the region. In this context, we deal with questions of media education and with organisation development tasks that are relevant in the context of cooperation, with particular emphasis on the use of information technology.