The Center of Excellence for Technology Education (CETE) is a network of leading academic research institutions in the field of technology education. The aim of the international network is to promote research on technical educational processes through joint research projects, study and research visits, as well as international workshops, summer schools and to promote and support junior researchers in technology disciplines. Moreover, research findings should be integrated into school practice through publications and teacher training, and effect university teacher training through international study cooperations and digital teaching and learning offers. Since 2015, the network has been funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with means from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) in the context of their programme line on thematic networks.
The University of Duisburg-Essen shows special expertise in the area of technology education with four chairs, each of them member of the CETE-Network:
The chair for school research is concerned with early educational processes (from kindergarten until grade 7) - with specials focus on pre-school and primary school technology education and its transitions, technology socialisation in families, as well as gender studies in this field. This chair is held by CETE’s project manager, Prof. Dr. Ingelore Mammes.
The chairs of technology and its didactics with the expertise of Prof. Dr. Stefan Fletcher and Prof. Dr. Martin Lang cover the field of technology education, especially in secondary schools but also partly in vocational training.
The chair of vocational education, held by Prof. Dr. Dieter Münk, covers the field of vocational education and the field of technical and commercial vocational education in secondary schools, as well as vocational training and professional development in general.Read more