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Dr. habil. Sigrid Hartong, HSU(TP1)

Prof. Dr. Felicitas Macgilchrist, GEI(TP3)

Dr. Sieglinde Jornitz , DIPF (TP4)

Funding body:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung


01.12.2018 - 31.05.2022

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Andreas Breiter ifib

Andreas Breiter

Scientific Director

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DATA For and In EDucation. The construction of school in a datafied society

The DATAFIED joint research project investigates how the construction of schooling is changing as formal education is becoming increasingly datafied. The DATAFIED team examines both administrative and classroom practices. It observes how the availability of digital data through information systems and learning software is entangled with shifting roles, professional practices and social/pedagogical relationships. It asks which novel understandings of what makes a ‘good school’ emerge. It explores how people and systems deal with data and to what extent the school is being de- or reconstructed as a result of these (increasingly professionalised) data practices.

Four sub-projects (SPs) each highlight a different interface within the public school system. SP1 (Schulaufsicht und Schule) examines the interface between school authorities and the school. It aims to identify potential changes in the relationship between these organisations that materialise through digital and data technology implementation: in particular with regard to (external) evaluation and consultations. SP2 (Schulmanagement und Schulinformationssysteme) considers the information systems used by school management. It asks how the organisation of schools is being altered by the use of data and algorithms and what role software developers play. SP3 (Digitale Lernsoftware und Unterricht) unpacks the digital tools used in classrooms, analysing the interface between digital learning software and classroom practice. It asks how the software prefigures data practices, educational priorities and teacher and student roles. SP4 (Lehrkräfte und SchülerInnen im Unterricht) studies the interface between teachers and students in the classroom. It explores media use and the associated data gathering, monitoring and analysis, and examines the shifting relationships and teacher and student roles within the classroom setting.

Publications belonging to this project

Breiter, Andreas; Lange, Angelina (2019) Die digitale Schulverwaltung in: H. H. Lühr, R. Jabkowski, & S. Smentek , Handbuch Digitale Verwaltung, Wiesbaden: Kommunal- und Schul-Verlag, 330-342.

Breiter, Andreas (2020) DATAFIED: Die Konstruktion der Schule im Prozess der Datafizierung Ringvorlesung, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 5.5.20, Virtuelle Vorlesung:

Jarke, Juliane; Breiter, Andreas (2019) The Datafication of Education ISBN: 9780367357191
in: Jarke, Juliane; Breiter, Andreas;, London: Routledge,

Lange, Angelina; Breiter, Andreas; Zakharova, Irina; Raabe, Tjark; Jarke, Juliane; Tröger, Jasmin; Bock, Annekatrin; Dabisch, Vito (2019) The DATAFIED school – an interdisciplinary study of the enactment of digital tools in school management and classroom practice Exploring the Datafication, Digitalization and Automatization of Educational Governance and Practice, 6.-7. September 2019, Hamburg:

Irina, Zakharova; Juliane, Jarke; Andreas Breiter; Tjark, Raabe; Angelina, Lange (2019) DATAFIED: DATA For and in Education – The construction of school in a datafied society Data Power, 12.-13.9.2020, Hamburg :

Hartong, Sigrid; Dabisch, Vito; Jornitz, Sieglinde; Mayer, Ben; Macgilchrist, Felicitas; Breiter, Andreas (2019) Datafied - the Construction of Schools in a Datafied Society ECER, 4. September 2019, Hamburg:

Jarke, Juliane; Dabisch, Vito; Hartong, Sigrid (2020) Die (Re-)Konstruktion von Schule durch digitale Datentechnologien: Einblicke in das Mehrebenen-Verbundprojekt DATAFIED Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie Kongress 2020, 21.09.2020, Digital:

Zakharova, Irina; Jarke, Juliane (2020) Software-as-process: reflecting on the use of network-, process-, and discourse-based research artefacts 4S / EASST, 18.-21.8.2020, virPrague (digital):

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