In research and teaching, the section deals with socialization and education under conditions of migration as well as cultural, linguistic and social heterogeneity. Research focuses on the reconstruction of educational and professional biographies, the intercultural comparison of gender and generational relations and their changes. The focus is on family socialization conditions (childhood, adolescence, fatherhood, etc.) in a transnational context. Of interest are educational ideas and practices in immigrant families as well as the pedagogical-professional handling of these in educational institutions and their interrelations and mutual effects. In addition, family and non-family conditions for promoting inclusion and diversity will be addressed.
The results lead to the reflection and further development of approaches and concepts in education and upbringing, for example in intercultural parent and family work, extracurricular support, municipal or associational integration and migration work, intercultural and gender-equitable further education, or diversity-oriented counseling. Theoretically and methodologically, the field develops an intersectional and multidimensional understanding of socialization, migration and education. Migration and interculturality are therefore considered in a differentiated and concrete way in the context of gender, disability, age/generation, and more.
Courses are offered in the Bachelor's program in Social Work as well as in various Master's programs. The section is responsible for the Bachelor's module "Educational (and psychological) foundations of social work" as well as the Master's module "Social pedagogy - dealing with diversity". The teaching focuses on conveying and reflecting on basic and application-oriented knowledge of intercultural education and upbringing as well as socialization and professional theory issues related to migration and diversity.