As part of University of Hannover with around 21.000 students enrolled and 1.300 staff, the overall aim of the Research Group Civic Education (Department of Political Science)  is to enable both young people and adults to acquire key skills and competences necessary for active citizenship and participation at all levels of social and political life. The research group offers a wide range of teacher in-service and induction trainings covering all aspects of citizenship education in teaching and learning. The trainings are offered  on university-level as well as on national and European level.

The Research Group consist of 14 researchers and practitioners who focus on  identifying  and developing the integration of the European dimension in teaching and learning. Moreover, their focus is on improving civic education for persons with migrant background and promoting gender equality and inclusive approaches to civic education, including intergenerational learning. Our objective is to stimulate people’s motivation and sense of initiative and to develop their civic, social, learning-to-learn  and entrepreneurial skills. We have a strong record in developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, including various projects that apply, adapt and test – in concrete learning situations –  tools and policy approaches.  We have a lot of expertise in the development and implementation of curricula, of national and international trainings and workshops for teachers and educational staff as well as in the development of educational materials and textbooks on civic education issues. Project expertise includes the development and coordination of COMENIUS multilateral projects  “MIRACLE -Migrants and Refugees – A Challenge for European Schools” (2009 – 2011) and “VOICE- Developing Citizens – Paths to core competencies through a problem-based learning project in civic education”(2011-2013) as well as GRUNDTVIG multilateral project  “STEP IN! Building inclusive societies through active citizenship”(2012-2014).

The Research Group Civic Education is part of the University of Hannover, its operational and financial procedures are carried out by professional administrators already experiences with administrating European projects. All administrators involved are professional staff of Leibniz University and will ensure that planning and monitoring procedures are in place and will be strictly adhered to. This again makes sure that LUH meets all its targets and objectives in a timely fashion and within the set budget. 


Contact person: Prof. Dr. Dirk Lange