Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research


to the Summer School 2014 of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (IZBF) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin invites postgraduates and PhD-researchers to take part in the Doctoral Summer School 2014.

The Summer School is held under the title: “The methodology chapter in doctoral (and MA) research - quite essential, but also self-evident? Focus: language teaching & learning“ and aims at supporting doctoral researchers in the field of educational research. In 2014 it takes a special focus at research projects in language education.

PhD-students from outside the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are most welcome and kindly invited to participate. A fee will be raised for all participants. Members of the IZFB qualify for a reduced rate.


Date             11th / 12th September 2014
Place of event            

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Seminar building at Hegelplatz (Dorotheenstraße 24)

The overall aim of this year´s Summer School is to foreground important methodological issues in both empirical and theory-driven research. Guiding questions will be:

  • What basic assumptions is a research question based on?
  • What are the contexts that give relevance to individual projects?
  • Which is the scope of the expected results of a research project?
  • How are the research topic and the applied methods linked?
  • Which perspectives are opened by individual research designs and which are excluded? What are the potentials and limitations of analytic-nomothetic and interpretive-reconstructive methods?
  • Which issues referring to ethical guidelines for research are to be accounted for?


These and other related questions will be discussed in various workshops and counselling sessions conducted by various experts in the field of research methodology.


For details on the program as well as the participation fees please see also: Programme of Summer School


Contact: Franziska Röhr,