The course on “Schooling and Diversity in Germany and Turkey” is a special co-taught course and an accredited part of the study program at Master level in the teacher education program in both universities. The course is designed as a student exchange with 10 participants from each university. Throughout the course participants engage with theory and literature on multicultural education and explored the degree of realization in both countries by visiting educational institutions and conducting expert interviews in international teams. Results are compared and discussed in the seminar.

Teaching Content: The seminar offers to deepen student-teachers’ understanding of selected content from educational sciences and school pedagogy. It gives student-teachers the possibility to further their study of practice-oriented topics. Systematic, theoretical, comparative, and historical perspectives will be clarified. In so doing, the following topics in particular are covered:
Theories and concepts on diversity and multicultural education; Educational  discourses on multiculturality/diversity; Education in selected periods in Germany and Turkey;Discussion of basic findings from educational and social research on diversity in the Schooling systems of Germany and Turkey;Pedagogy of diversity in practice (teaching, school culture, within the context of out-of-school institution); Methods of scientific inquiry.

Competences: The seminar offers the opportunity of furthering intensive study of educational concepts on diversity in different cultural settings. The module imparts knowledge about the culturally conditioned living environments and heterogeneous identities of students, and enables and understanding of theory-driven management of cultural diversity and heterogeneity in schooling systems in different contexts. Participants should be able to: Evaluate differentially current discourses about diversity and multicultural education in Germany and Turkey; Understand educational problems with respect to theoretical solutions and current research findings;Assess educational concepts and theories in their social-historical setting and philosophical premises, and position oneself critical to them;Analyze covered theories, empirical findings, and pedagogical concepts according to their current relevance for education, socialization, schools, and teaching and learning in different context (Turkey/Germany); Develop an understanding of cultural difference and conflict;Discuss (self-)critically one’s own perceptions of what is “normal,” one’s own prejudices and often unaware notions of “foreigners;”Evaluate pedagogical concepts with respect to developing empathy, critical tolerance, and possibility of diplomatic conflict resolution.;Assess  and reflect on in a scientific-manner on observed (practical experiences) aspects of teaching and learning in different context (Turkey/Germany)