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What is PRONET²?

From 2015 to 2018, the University of Kassel and its PRONET concept were already part of the 'Quality Offensive Teacher Education', which is strongly supported nationwide. Since the beginning of 2019, the project is now entering its second funding period as 'PRONET²' up to and including 2023.

PRONET²' now also means 'PROfessionalization through networking' in the second funding period. Under this motto, there are currently 29 sub-projects at the University of Kassel in various teaching disciplines, all of which aim to contribute to the professionalization of future teachers.

More information about PRONET² can be found here.

What does religious education pedagogy do in PRONET²?

The 29 PRONET² sub-projects have been assigned to a total of three fields of action; in addition, there are five overarching innovation units for the entire project.

Protestant religious education is also represented in PRONET² with a sub-project: Specifically, it is about the 'networking of subject science and subject didactics in the professionalization in theological conversations'. The project was assigned to the field of action III, in which the networking of professional areas is in the foreground. This is to be done even more intensively than before in the Theological Conversations. In addition, possibilities are being sought to expand the Theological Conversations more strongly in cross-phase teacher training.


What is being researched in the religious education project?

On the one hand, the PRONET² project in Protestant religious education is intended to consolidate the previous results of the first funding period, but on the other hand, there are also to be further developments:

  • The "Study Profile Theological Conversations", an extension of the regular study program, which was tested for the first time in PRONET, has meanwhile already been fully completed by some students and concluded with a certificate. Through the evaluation of the study profile, it can be further developed and revised in the second funding phase.
  • In addition, it has been possible to win cooperation schools of all types of schools and to expand the three-phase cooperation of religious education teacher training between the University of Kassel, the Religious Education Institute Kassel and various seminaries in the region. These cooperations are to be further strengthened - e.g. through regular, jointly conducted teacher training courses. More information can be found here.
  • In P10, numerous data from students of Protestant theology were collected (questionnaires, reflection texts, teaching videographies, interviews, ...). The initiated dissertation deals with the qualitative analysis of these data. Insights gained will be target-oriented for the second funding phase - impulses for further development are then to be put into practice.


Prof. Dr. Petra Freudenberger-Lötz (Fachgebietsleitung »Religionspädagogik« / Dekanin)

Henschelstraße 2
34109 Kassel (Postanschrift)
34127 Kassel (Besucheranschrift)
Gebäude: K 10, Raum 1135

Study Day: Theological Conversations

Among other things, the project has set itself the task of further expanding the networking of three-phase teacher training within the teaching profession of religion. In the already existing interdenominational 3-phase cooperation (a union of Catholic and Protestant religious education at the University of Kassel as well as various study seminar directors with the subject religion) ideas were collected for this. Finally, the proposal was realized to offer a university-led advanced training on theological conversations in a study seminar, which should be open for all three phases.

On April 24, 2017, the first well-attended "Study Day Theological Conversations" took place at the Studienseminar Fritzlar. On May 16, the event was repeated again at the Studienseminar Bad Hersfeld. The study days were organized by the heads of religion of the respective seminaries (Fritzlar: Renate Dörrie; Bad Hersfeld: Tanja Barth). Prof. Dr. Petra Freudenberger-Lötz (Professor of Protestant Religious Education) was in charge of the content. Both study days were very well received, with a particularly large number of teachers in the preparatory service and their school mentors attending. But the study days also offered students a special opportunity to get a taste of a seminary before the start of their traineeship.

Training on the joint PRONET cooperation seminar on June 27, 2017.

Currently, based on the project "Depiction of Sexualized Violence in the Bible and Religious Education" (P34) and the project "Professionalization in Theological Conversations" (P10), a joint cooperation seminar is offered under the direction of Dr. Nele Spiering-Schomborg (P34) and Carolin Altmann (P10). Under the overarching topic "My God, why have you forsaken me? God and sexualized violence", the students first acquire content-related and didactic competencies themselves and then apply these in theological conversations with students in an eleventh grade class. The cooperation seminar will conclude with an advanced training course at the Institute for Religious Education in Kassel, which the students will conduct and to which we hereby cordially invite you. The advanced training offers a mixture of theoretical and practical impulses in the dialogue with biblical "horror texts" and lament Psalms: Building on one's own theological examination of the topic, further methodological impulses are given for a classroom implementation in the form of "theological conversations". Students will report on their own teaching experiences.

The advanced training will take place on June 27, 2017 from 15:00 - 17:30 at the RPI Kassel. The course fee is €5. More information can be found at: Registration at kassel[at]rpi-ekkw-ekhn[dot]de is requested.