Research and Development

At the University College of Teacher Education Vienna (PHW), research and development constitute an integral part of our mission and daily practices. Our research and development activities primarily address the needs and requirements of teachers, learners and schools. Furthermore, our research efforts underpin the guiding principles of our higher education institution and focus on a number of academic fields.

The aims and objectives of our educational research are expressed by the societal demands for a contemporary and sustainable education of young people. More precisely, our research focuses on the quality and relevance of teaching and learning. Intrinsically, it represents a key parameter for developing a range of skills necessary to cope with the permanently evolving knowledge society. 

The University College of Teacher Education Vienna initiates, manages and implements research and development projects in educational sciences and the teaching profession. Our projects fall into various domains and are primarily focused on improving teaching and learning practices. We consider innovative approaches to education to be essential for an adaptable future of our schools and upbringing of young people. Our research efforts aim to meet the pressing needs of children – from their early childhood education onwards to their academic or vocational education. In pursuing these goals, we work with likeminded organizations in the public and private sector including NGOs.

Current areas of research activities include, however are not limited, to the following:

  • Text and information literacy 
  • Digital literacy and key competencies of the 21st century
  • Reflective practice
  • Diversity and multiculturalism
  • Multilingualism
  • Special Needs Education/ Integrated Education
  • Organizational development of educational establishments
  • Art and visual literacy
  • Consumerism
  • STEM
  • Cyber competencies and prevention of cyberbullying
  • Social and emotional competencies
  • Learning analytics
  • CLIL
  • Healthy and active lifestyle in schools
  • Animal-supported teaching and training

Our current and past research projects, including international collaborative projects, can be found at LINK (list of projects)

For enquiries regarding collaboration and project funding please contact: Evelyn SÜSS-STEPANCIK, Vice-Principal for Research and Quality Assurance.


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