Inclusive education

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Research priority: Inclusive education
Funding period: Since October 2017
Field of action: Quality in education

Objectives of the funding measures
Inclusive education – i.e. joint teaching and learning processes for people with a range of different learning needs and proficiencies – is one of the key concerns of current education policy. It is the basis for personal development, social participation and equal access to working life. In 2009, Germany ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Disability Rights Convention), thus committing itself to ensuring an inclusive education system at all levels. The aim is to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to quality education across all stages of education – from early childhood education through schooling and vocational education to higher and further education. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding research projects on the topic of inclusive education since 2017. The researchers participating in the funded projects develop and investigate, also in cooperation with educational practitioners, how to successfully design accessible learning environments and communal teaching and learning processes. In addition, they examine innovative diagnostic and support measures that are geared towards the learners’ individual living and learning circumstances. The research priority on inclusive education comprises a total of two funding directives. The directives focus their content on the topics of professionalisation (InkBi 1) and diagnostic testing (InkBi 2). The second funding directive on the topic of diagnostic testing also features a special focus on transitions between different stages of education.

Link to funding directive:

Richtlinie zur Förderung der Forschung zu "Qualifizierung der pädagogischen Fachkräfte für inklusive Bildung". Bundesanzeiger vom 29.03.2016

Link to funding directive:

Richtlinie zur Förderung von Projekten zum Thema „Förderbezogene Diagnostik in der inklusiven Bildung“, Bundesanzeiger vom 05.12.2019

Status of the research priority
Qualification of professionals for inclusive education
Supportive diagnostic testing in inclusive education

Meta-project on the research priority ‘Inclusive education’
The meta-project is headed by Prof. Dr Dieter Katzenbach and Prof. Dr Michael Urban, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.

Contact persons:
Prof. Dr Dieter Katzenbach
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 798 36345
Prof. Dr Michael Urban
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 798 36446
Website: Qualifications for Inclusive Education – MQInkBi