Education & Social Work

Education and Social Work face various challenges in modern society. In particular, globalisation has led to massive demographic changes with increasing heterogeneity in people’s socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Moreover, social and educational contexts have changed in the face of new media, new methods, and life span perspectives. Thus, educational and social assessments and policies consistently highlight the challenges that educational and non-formal education systems face in order to deal effectively with this increasing diversity of individuals and their environments.

In the quest for new scientific knowledge and effective solutions, researchers at the University of Luxembourg adopt a wide range of approaches to understanding education and social inclusion processes from multiple angles. While cognitive scientists focus on fundamental functions, trying to understand the mechanisms of human learning in a diverse, multilingual context, educational sociologists adopt a broader systems view to relate individual learners to society at large, and educational scientists apply and develop theories to understand processes of learning and teaching with highly diverse students. Social work has a pivotal function here and mediates between the demands of society and individual life worlds. Significant efforts are devoted to developing and validating new assessment methods to provide better indicators of educational achievement and learner’s fitness for the world of tomorrow. Concrete applications are designed and tested to personalise learning, reduce inequalities and increase children’s and other learners’ success in life. For assessment, learning and instruction, digital technologies play an increasingly important role and are actively being developed. Lifelong guidance is a newly studied field that is essential for the development of individuals’ education and training paths. Further, practical interventions for individuals with specific needs are researched, developed and implemented.  Following its global definition, Social Work promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.

A wide variety of research projects comes together in our department to highlight innovative approaches and methodologies for education, learning, and social development in highly diverse, multilingual and multicultural societies. Ranging from early childhood, through school and university and into employment, taking into account biographical life events and structural crises such like unemployment, poverty and social exclusion the different strands of research in the department contribute to gaining new understandings at the local, national and international levels.

 

 

Collaborators in Education & Social Work

Katja Natalie
Andersen
Education & Social Work
Luxembourg
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Charles Joseph
Max
Education & Social Work
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Manou Laure
Flammang
Education & Social Work
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Sophie
Martini
Education & Social Work
Humanities
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Sara
Wilmes
Education & Social Work
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Sylvie
Kerger
Education & Social Work
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Christina
Siry
Education & Social Work
Luxembourg
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Petra
Böwen
Education & Social Work
Luxembourg
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Thomas
Lenz
Education & Social Work
Luxembourg
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Paul
Milmeister
Education & Social Work
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Kerstin
te Heesen
Education & Social Work
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Claude
Houssemand
Education & Social Work
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Ineke
Pit-ten Cate
Education & Social Work
Humanities
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Sandra
Heck
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Education & Social Work
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Salvador
Rivas
Education & Social Work
Social Sciences
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Claude
Scheuer
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Education & Social Work
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Robert
Reuter
Education & Social Work
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Sylvie
Gamo
Education & Social Work
Luxembourg
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Isabell Eva
Baumann
Education & Social Work
Humanities
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Alla
Gubenko
Education & Social Work
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Susanne
Backes
Education & Social Work
Social Sciences
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Rachel
Wollschläger
Education & Social Work
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Jessica
Levy
Education & Social Work
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Latest projects

Education & Social Work
How can digital media be used in higher education of the 21st century?
The daily use of digital media is part of our lives and became a key componement of many acivities. Education is one them. Instead of focusing on the technology , the research initiative ILTI (Innovative Learning & Teaching Initiative) is looking at small case studies to understand how to best use digital media in contemporary Education.
Education & Social Work
The SciTeach Centre: A Hub for Innovation and Research in Science Education in Luxembourg
The SciTeach Centre at the University of Luxembourg works with teachers and experts in science education to research innovative approaches to teaching science in the unique educational context of Luxembourg’s primary schools.