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  • The Basement blog

    At the start of the Corona crisis researchers at the GEI started a new blog in order to respond to school closures and subsequent home schooling. In addition to useful links, the blog publishes reactions, tips and thoughts (in German) regarding the current challenges of digital education and ways to deal with the ongoing situation. Read more

  • Nominations for great textbooks wanted

    We are now accepting nominations for the textbook of the year 2021. Publishing houses, institutions or individuals that produce or use textbooks have until 31 August 2020 to put forward recommendations for textbooks to be considered for the ‘Textbook of the Year 2021’ award. We are looking for textbooks for lower secondary level in the categories society, languages and STEM. Read more


    Due to the cancellation of this year’s didacta education fair in Stuttgart, the GEI joined with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Didacta Association in releasing video messages to honour the winners of the Textbook of the Year award. The videos are available on YouTube. The prize is sponsored by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. Read more

  • Research library reopening for loans

    From 26.05.2020 the research library will be open on: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the public will be able to borrow books, but the use of the reading room, including photocopiers and scanners, will be reserved for GEI staff. We apologise for any inconvenience. Further details on the use of the library are available here: Read more

  • Virtual Classrooms

    Teachers all over Germany are facing the challenge of having to continue lessons despite schools being closed. Our online platform ‘Zwischentöne (Nuances) – Teaching materials for classroom diversity’ provides digital content that pupils can easily use from home. There are modules for politics, history, geography and ethics/religious studies. Read more


    Schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Many schools have therefore turned to electronic teaching methods. But what does this mean in practice? What decisions need to be made and how can digital educational media be used to support teachers, pupils and parents? In our blog from ‘The Basement’ lab we are collecting ideas and impressions from research and practice on the new ‘normal’ in schools. Read more

  • New Study on the Portrayal of Roma in Textbooks

    The Council of Europe, the Roma Education Fund and the GEI have released the findings of a joint European-wide review of curricula and textbooks in 21 European countries and from Kosovo for history, geography, politics and social studies. The study counted the frequency with which Roma were mentioned, examined the context of the references and the associated images. Read more

  • Textbook of the Year 2020

    Every year the GEI, together with its partners the bpd (Federal Agency for Civic Education) and the Didacta Association, recognises authors, editors and publishers who develop innovative textbook concepts. The nominees for 2020 have been selected. The winners will be announced at 3pm on 24 March 2020 at the didacta education fair in Stuttgart. Read more

  • Democracy Education in Germany

    On 1 September 2019 the GEI and the German Youth Institute (GJI) launched their collaborative project: ‘Democracy Education in Germany’. Within the sub-project: ‘Democratic Subjects: Current Challenges and Opportunities in Democracy Education in Germany’, the GEI will survey democracy education as an objective and topic of education within German schools and in everyday practice in the classroom. Read more

  • Shared history – different memories?

    The GEI, the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus and the Polnischen Institut Düsseldorf hosted a lecture and discussion evening on 10 October 2019 in Düsseldorf. Members of the project team met with education practitioners to discuss the background and the aims behind the joint Polish-German history book ‘Europe – Our History’ and explored the opportunities and challenges it presents. Read more