Research Cluster: Empirical Methods of Higher Education Research and Science Studies

Start of the project: 01-Jan-2019

Higher education research and science studies are highly empirical disciplines. The methods of social research that are used are manifold and characterized by the interdisciplinarity of the research area and the complexity of its topics. The cluster sees this as an opportunity: It serves as a roof for the joint reflection and further development of different methodological approaches in higher education research and science studies with the aim of promoting the method discourse and helping to shape it beyond the DZHW.

In 2019, the cluster wants to create a framework for the reflection and development of empirical research methods. In doing so, qualitative, quantitative and mixed method designs as well as data collection and evaluation methods will be addressed in equal measure and current knowledge stocks at the DZHW will be connected. For this purpose, both activities of the overall cluster as well as individual workshops are planned in which methodological expertise is transferred and research questions and problems that have already become clear are dealt with. These research questions include, for example, the secondary use of qualitative data, the potentials and challenges of qualitative higher education research and science studies, framework conditions for promising planning of mixed method projects, challenges of online surveys and determinants of the quality of longitudinal data. At the same time, the issues of data protection arising in connection with empirical social research will be addressed.

In the long term, this cluster will contribute to the strengthening, quality assurance and enhancement of the empirical higher education research and science studies: Expertise will be bundled and made visible, competences will be strengthened and new approaches will be communicated. At the same time, it is intended to prepare publications dealing with research desiderata that have already become visible.

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Publications

Praktische Herausforderungen des qualitativen Forschens.

Behrmann, L. (2019).
Praktische Herausforderungen des qualitativen Forschens. Workshop im Rahmen der Nachwuchstagung (Hochschulforschungsnachwuchs) der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung auf dem HoFoNA-Tag an der Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg.

Presentations

Qualitative Methoden in der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung - Potentiale und Herausforderungen.

Behrmann, L., Be¨irović, A., Īkiz, D., Rückamp, V., & Völk, D. (2019, Februar).
Qualitative Methoden in der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung - Potentiale und Herausforderungen. Vortrag auf der 14. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung 2019 (GfHf); Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg.

Head of Research cluster

Laura Behrmann
Laura Behrmann Head of Research cluster +49 511 450670-302
Nadin Kastirke
Dr. Nadin Kastirke Head of Research cluster +49 511 450670-437
Sebastian Lang
Sebastian Lang Head of Research cluster +49 511 450670-913
Ulrike Schwabe
Ulrike Schwabe Head of Research cluster +49 511 450670-123

Members

Dİlek İkİz-Akıncı Adisa Be¨irović Robert Birkelbach Dr. Johann Carstensen Dr. Andreas Daniel Veronika Rückamp Swetlana Sudheimer

Press contact

Daniel Matthes
Daniel Matthes +49 511 450670-532
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