The Institute for Inclusive Education is part of the academic world and attaches great importance to initiating, accompanying and advising inclusion-related research. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of educational work and to constantly develop and improve it, the institute has initiated scientific accompanying research. The joint research project funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF) is entitled "Participatory Teaching in the Context of an Inclusion-Sensitive University – Development of Inclusive University Didactics by People with Learning Difficulties as Educational Specialists".
It takes place under the direction of the Universität Leipzig and in cooperation with the Technische Hochschule Köln and the institute. The research project will investigate the extent to which the teaching of educational specialists increases the inclusive quality of higher education. The research results should not only be disseminated in the usual scientific forms of discourse, but also enable a broader transfer of practice for the qualification of educational professionals. The project runs until 2021 and will for the first time scientifically investigate the effects of the work of the educational specialists on students.
Not only will the effect of the work of the educational specialists on the students be scientifically investigated, but also the impact of qualification and professional practice in the general labour market on the participating persons with disabilities. The factors for the successful qualification and comprehensive personal development among the first five trained educational specialists in Schleswig-Holstein will also be identified. Sara Groß, the former head of qualification of the institute, has been working since April 2018 in this field of research, which is funded by the Integration Office of the State of Schleswig-Holstein.
Professor Kirsten Diehl (scientific advisor to the institute) and Lisa Mau from the Europa-Universität Flensburg have already carried out a first study on the further development of the professional attitude of students and published the results. Professor Friederike Zimmerman (coordination at the Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel) also conducts research on the work of the educational specialists at the university and concentrates on the impact of educational work on the students.
The Kiel-Munich joint project Menschen mit Behinderungen in der DDR (People with Disabilities in the GDR) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) started in autumn 2018 and conducts basic research on the history of people with disabilities in the GDR. To close existing research gaps on the everyday and cultural history of people with disabilities in the GDR, the joint project sets three thematic priorities, which are reflected in the subprojects. Under the guidance of Gabriele Lingelbach ("Families with disabled children", Kiel University), Sebastian Barsch ("Medial staging of disability", Kiel University) and Elsbeth Bösl ("Mobility Technology and Built Environment", Bundeswehr University Munich) the historical research will be carried out until 2021. Another elementary component of the project is the development and creation of a digital exhibition and Open Educational Resources (OER) in cooperation with the Drachensee Foundation in Kiel and the Kiel Institute for Inclusive Education.
The project has the innovative goal, together with people with disabilities, who have been qualified by the Institute for Inclusive Education to become educational specialists in a globally unique initiative, to prepare historical content in an inclusive setting for the public.