Researching Educational Landscapes and Their Refigurational Spacing: Perspectives From Educational Science and Urban Planning

  • Thomas Coelen Universität Siegen
  • Sarah Klepp Technische Universität Berlin
  • Angela Million Technische Universität Berlin https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8916-1553
  • Christine Zinke Universität Siegen
Keywords: refiguration of spaces, cross-cultural comparison, actor-network theory (ANT), educational spaces, educational landscapes, leitbild, mixed methods, narrative maps, group discussion, documentary method

Abstract

In Germany, a much-cited concept in recent years has been that of lokale Bildungslandschaften [local educational landscapes]. In this article, we focus on socio-spatial educational landscapes in the arrangement of a campus, which links the actors of education and urban planning to a specific leitbild, meaning a guiding principle in physical form and programmatic action. Therefore, an educational space designated as a campus includes constitutive dimensions of educational practices and a spatial reorganization of educational conditions, which are still to be discovered and investigated. We center our analysis on the perspective of children and young people as the main target group of this leitbild, as well as the perspective of the professional actors. In the following article, we give a brief overview of the characteristics of socio-spatial educational landscapes. We focus on the appropriation and atmospheres of access points and transitions, as well as patterns of use and spatial perception. After analyzing the ongoing development processes of socio-spatial educational landscapes as a campus, we adopt an internationally comparative perspective to research them.

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Author Biographies

Thomas Coelen, Universität Siegen

Thomas COELEN is dean of the Faculty of Education-Architecture-Arts and a professor for educational studies with a specialization in socialization, youth education, and life course research at the University of Siegen. Together with Angela MILLION, he has headed the research project "Campus as Guiding Principle and Practice in Local Educational Landscapes," funded by the DFG. In his research, he focuses on cooperation between youth welfare organizations and schools, all-day schooling, educational landscapes, and pedagogical architecture.

Sarah Klepp, Technische Universität Berlin

Sarah KLEPP graduated in cultural studies (European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder) and historical urban studies (Technische Universität Berlin) and has been a researcher at the Chair of Urban Design and Urban Development, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning (ISR) at Technische Universität Berlin, since 2018. Since January 2019, she has been involved in the research project "Campus as Guiding Principle and Practice in Local Educational Landscapes," funded by the DFG. She explores the interface between education and urban space and is currently writing her dissertation on the development and function of local educational landscapes.

Angela Million, Technische Universität Berlin

Angela MILLION, née UTTKE, is professor of urban design and urban development, and director of the "Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability" (GCSMUS) at Technische Universität Berlin. Furthermore, she is member of the methods lab and principal investigator in the subproject "Education: The Spatial Knowledge of Children and Young Adults (and Its Application) in Planning Contexts" (A02) of the Collaborative Research Center "Refiguration of Spaces" (CRC 1265), funded by the DFG. In her research, she focuses on (participatory) urban design and Baukultur, with a special interest in multifunctional infrastructure development, cities as educational settings, children, and youth.

Christine Zinke, Universität Siegen

Christine ZINKE is working in the Department of Educational Studies and Psychology at the University of Siegen in the fields of socialization, youth education, and life course research. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work and social pedagogy and a master's degree in education and social work. She is currently working as a researcher on the project "Campus as Guiding Principle and Practice in Local Educational Landscapes" funded by the DFG and is writing her dissertation on local educational landscapes and their stakeholders. She focuses on the links between education, space, and power relationships.

Published
2021-09-29
How to Cite
Coelen, T., Klepp, S., Million, A., & Zinke, C. (2021). Researching Educational Landscapes and Their Refigurational Spacing: Perspectives From Educational Science and Urban Planning. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 22(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-22.3.3805
Section
The Refiguration of Spaces and Cross-Cultural Comparison II