University of education Upper Austria – PH OÖ

The direct partner at the University of Education Upper Austria is Prof. Dr. Claudia Fahrenwald. She is a professor for Organisational Education with a focus on School Development. She is head of CEDI – Civic Education International, a research unit for civic education. Her research focus includes Community Based Learning / Community Based Research, narration, leadership and gender studies as well as civic engagement approaches. Over the last years she was part of several EU funded projects on civic education. Currently she is involved in a research project “Service Learning. Living Democracy in Schools – participating in Society”. Furthermore she is engaged in a cooperation on “Civic Engagement Education“ with the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh (USA).

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Role within the project

Prof. Claudia Fahrenwald will support MemAct! with insights on the state of the art in research and quality standards for Civic Engagement Education, Participatory Approaches to Cultural Heritage Education and post-colonial approaches to Museum Pedagogy, and she will provide her expertise to the MemAct! discussions. Doing so, she will contribute these insights to the Toolkit and during the conferences. She will also contribute to the methodological evaluation process towards an Engaged Civic Education approach and will help to shape the analyses and the methods to be developed out of the evaluation conclusions. She will further embed MemAct! in her broad international network in civic education and research and include these network partners in MemAct! activities. She will contribute to the work package #1 development of the prototype of a Holocaust lesson model that follows the engaged civic learning approach. She will test this model at her university.