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  • Thought-provoking textbooks

    The GEI, in partnership with the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Didacta Association, honours innovative textbooks each year in order to increase awareness of their significance. The prizes for ‘Textbook of the Year 2019’ will be awarded to the three best textbooks for sixth form pupils in the language and society categories. The nominations have been announced. Read more


    The GEI is hosting a number of events at the Didacta education trade fair, which will take place in Cologne from 19 to 23 February 2019. In addition to the presentation of the 2019 Textbook of the Year Award, Dr Riem Spielhaus will give a talk on clichés in textbooks and Dr Annekatrin Bock will speak at two separate events on the School Cloud. Read more


    This year’s annual conference of the Kommission Schulforschung und Didaktik (Subdivision School and Curriculum) which will be held in Göttingen in September, will address research on education in schools and subject-specific didactics in the context of the digital shift. Proposals for conference papers may be submitted until 1 March. Read more


    On Thursday 28 February the Deutsch-Polnischen KulturVerein Braunschweig e.V will present the book ‘Polnische Spuren in Deutschland’ (Polish Traces in Germany) in the GEI Research Library at 6 pm. This new publication comprises a comprehensive ‘encyclopaedia of reading books’ that illustrates the impact made by Poles in Germany in the past and the present. Read more


    We will be accepting applications for the 2020 Georg Arnhold Senior Fellow until 17 February 2019. We are seeking outstanding academics and experienced practitioners in the field of peace education who have an interest in pursuing their own research projects, preferably with a focus on educational media and societies undergoing transformation. Read more

  • New project examining Islamic Religious Education

    How should Islamic religious education (IRU) in Germany be designed and structured? This new project, titled ‘IRU: How a new subject is negotiated, taught and practiced’, was launched in December 2018 and seeks to provide answers to those questions. It is the first in-depth study of this kind and uses interviews, lesson observations and an analysis of curricula in Lower Saxony. Read more

  • Georg Eckert Research Award 2018

    The GEI Research Award and the Award for Young Academics were announced at a ceremony in the Dornse in Braunschweig's old town hall on 30 November 2018. Dr Sabine Johannsen, the parliamentary state secretary for the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture attended the event and presented Dr Christine Ott und Lindsay Wills with their respective awards. Read more

  • Strategies of Textbook Publishers

    The landscape of educational media in Germany is changing. But who ultimately decides where it is going? The publication ‘Digitale Bildungsmedien’ by Anna Heym (2016 recipient of the Award for Young Academics) investigates the varying factors influencing educational media publishers and considers the textbook from an economic studies perspective. Read more

  • Textbooks and War

    ‘Textbooks and War’ is a new publication, edited by Prof. Eckhardt Fuchs and Prof. Eugenia Roldán Vera. It investigates both current and historical textbooks while reflecting on the role played by textbooks in the complex relationship between war and education, from a historical and multinational perspective. Read more

  • Preventing Violent Extremism through Education

    The official launch of the new publication ‘Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: International and German Practices’ by Dr. Eleni Christodoulou and Dr. Simona Behling took place on the 14th of December 2018 at the headquarters of the Leibniz Association in Berlin. The project, of the same name, is funded by the BMBF. Read more