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History of the IAG and the RInG

The Interdisciplinary Working Group on Elementary School Pedagogy (IAG) was founded in 1983 by Prof. Dr. Ariane Garlichs.

The goal of the IAG's work was to counteract the trend of isolating subjects in teacher training for elementary school teachers. Another project of the IAG was the interdisciplinary coordination of projects with a common thematic framework, financed by the university.

In the period 1983 to 2003, eleven research projects were realized within the framework of the IAG.

Focal points were

1. innovation research (e.g., "Pupils in Open Learning Situations" or "Discrete School Development through Learning Workshops"), 2. studies on the life situation of children (e.g., "Life Situation and Everyday School Life of 6-10 Year Old Children" or the "Kassel Pupil Assistance Project" that has become famous far beyond the borders of Kassel), and 3. children's perspectives in school and teaching (e.g., "How Children Encounter Natural Phenomena" or "Teaching Research on an Intergenerational Primary School").

Spokespersons of the IAG:

From 1983 until her retirement in 1999, Prof. Dr. Ariane Garlichs From 1999 until 2003, Prof. Dr. Kay Spreckelsen From 2003 until 2009, Prof. Dr. Friederike Heinzel

31.10.2003, Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the IAG Grundschulpädagogik with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Friederike Heinzel on the perspectives of the IAG Grundschulpädagogik.

In 2009, transformation of the IAG into Referat Interdisziplinäre Grundschulpädagogik (RInG) at the request of the university administration.

The RInG becomes a unit of the Center for Teacher Education at the University of Kassel. The 1st meeting of the RInG will take place on November 24, 2009.

The tasks and focus of the RInG change as successful externally funded research becomes increasingly important in the subject areas. The RInG now focuses on the exchange of research results, on innovations in teaching, and on the coordination and further development of the study of elementary school teaching at the University of Kassel.

Spokespersons of the RInG

From 2009 to 2012, Prof. Dr. Andreas Brenne

From 2012 to 2017, Prof. Dr. Frauke Grittner

From 2017 to 2021, Prof. Dr. Norbert Kruse

Since 2021, Prof. Dr. Verena Freytag

Managing Director of the IAG / RInG

Until 2011: Dr. Herbert Hagstedt
Since 2012: Dr. Ralf Schneider