Postmodern society are influenced by megatrends like globalisation, internationalisation, migration or digitisation. Society is therefore in a transformation process which forces socio-cultural, socio-technical and economic challenges. In a short and medium run necessary changes can be shaped by education. This is a twofold process: education has to promote the individual and at the same time, however social framework conditions can be developed by education.
In order to achieve this, two established research divisions of the Paderborn University have joined forces to form the profile area "Transformation and Education": design-oriented vocational training research and competence-oriented teacher training research.
The research groups within each division deal with research and development on educational issues from different perspectives. The focus here is on the didactic design of teaching and learning processes in different life contexts, the institutional and organisational structures, the development of the educational staff, the design of management processes or the development of competences. Both research areas are characterised by an application-oriented research and development strategy in which the transformation of research findings into social practice is a supplimentary central concern.