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West German Student Journals From the 1950s and 1960s. Student Journals as Artefacts of Secondary School Cultures (PAUSE)

West German Student Journals From the 1950s and 1960s. Student Journals as Artefacts of Secondary School Cultures (PAUSE)

The DFG-project PAUSE analysed student journals dating from 1949 to 1968, which are part of the comprehensive collection of student journals at the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF, Berlin) as sources for the school microstructures in post-war Federal Republic of Germany.

Project description

Youth Culture and School Cultures in the 1950s

The project analysed student journals dating from 1949 to 1968, which are part of the comprehensive collection of student journals of West-German secondary schools at the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF, Berlin).

In a first step, a quantitative evaluation of the stock was conducted, emphasising on publication forms and numbers, thematic focuses etc., as well as systematically determining the stock.

Qualitative case studies followed to investigate in how far student journals - as artefacts expressing specific school cultures - were established and changed between 1949 and 1968. The focus of interest lies on everyday life at school and its perception by the students:
What determined daily operations of producing and disseminating the journals? How did this affect the form, respectively design of the journals? What did this imply for the students involved, in what way were they able to demonstrate their own personalities in participating in the production and dissemination of student journals?

While educational historical analyses of school macrostructures of the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1950s do exist, there remains a large gap regarding school microstructures investigating individual schools and their cultures in the post-war Federal Republic of Germany. This seems particularly problematic (on the contrary the more interesting) because not only in a metaphoric sense, rooms are produced here wherein subjects unfold by means of positioning and addressing. Only at the level of individual schools, we will clarify what significance this field had for the "generation of sceptics", and if schools in the 1950s were subjectively “better tolerable” than they are today (as Thomas Ziehe claims).  – And how, depending on circumstances, expressions of youth culture were “literally” shaped.

Individual Projects

Funding

The project was funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Publications

Reh, Sabine/Scholz, Joachim (2012): Schülerzeitungen der 1950er und 60er Jahre als schulkulturelle Artefakte. In: Casale, Rita/König, Gudrun M./Priem, Karin (ed.): Die Materialität der Erziehung: kulturelle und soziale Aspekte pädagogischer Objekte. Weinheim: Beltz, (Zeitschrift für Pädagogik; Beiheft 58), p. 105-123.

Project management

Project team

Marcel Kabaum

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Duration:
11/2012 - 01/2016
Funding:
External funding
Research topic: Institutions and Knowledge Practices in the Pedagogical Field After 1945
Department: Research Library for the History of Education
last modified Apr 13, 2016