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Inclusive Education

News of the Research Unit

Long Day of Dementia 2022

This year, the City of Graz organised the "Long Day of Dementia" for the fourth time. From 21.09 to 23.09 there were numerous information events on the topic of dementia. In the course of the "Info am Markt" event on 23 September, the DigIDe project team was also represented at the Kaiser Josef Markt and provided information about dementia in people with intellectual disabilities.

You can find a short clip of the event here: https://youtu.be/dK7hJPkVoBw


HAND: ET Newsletter No. 3 is now available!

In addition to news and updates on the project, the newsletter provides you with reading materials on the topic of social-emotional competences and diversity awareness (SEDA), event announcements and reports on the project activities of the last months.



Grazer Forum Inklusion 2022

On 30 June 2022, stakeholders from politics, research and practice came together to participate in the “Grazer Forum Inklusion”. This year, the conference was themed "The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its political effects in the education system" and took place in the festival hall of the Meerscheinschlössl (Mozartgasse 3, 8010 Graz).


Kick off Week of Inclusion

The Week of Inclusion took place with a great programme from 04-10 July, 2022 in Graz. At the beginning, many organisations presented their activities on the topic of inclusion with information tables and an entertainment programme on the main square. Together with the team of the unit "Inclusive Education" of the University of Graz, FZIB researchers also presented their projects to the interested audience.

On the Youtube channel of the City of Graz you can find a video review of the event.


Hand: ET - Empowering Teachers Across Europe to Deal with Social, Emotional and Diversity Related Career Challenges

The fourth international project meeting took place in Sundsvall (SWE) from May 17th-19th, 2022. The main topics were the implementation of the HAND: ET-programme, starting in autumn 2022 in five European countries, and the associated evaluation study. The HAND: ET manual was presented, which forms the basis for six training days in the coming school year that the HAND: ET-trainers will spend together with the teachers of the participating primary schools. The questionnaires that will be used for the evaluation were discussed and adapted and the exact procedure for checking the translations of the questionnaires into the different national languages was determined in order to ensure the greatest possible comparability for the results from the individual participating countries.

School acquisition was also an important topic in the project meeting. In Austria, interested primary schools from Styria, Upper Austria and Carinthia have the possibility to secure one of the last free places in the project by sending an email to valerie.fredericks(at)uni-graz.at until June 12th, 2022. For more information on the project click here.


Lubo learns to read

Lubo comes from outer space. On Earth, the little alien has to face all kinds of challenges, for example at school. Because reading and spelling are difficult for Lubo. How can he deal with the fact that he needs more time to read? What motivates him to learn? How can his teachers support him? And how can his school friends help him best?

"Lubo from Space" is a training programme for children who stand out at school at the latest because of their behaviour.

You can find out more about Lubo and the project in the current episode of the podcast "HörSaal: 15 Minuten Forschung" from the University of Graz.


TEPE Conference 2022 in Graz

The international TEPE conference took place from 11th to 13th of April 2022 at the University of Graz and has dealt with the topic of "Enhancing the value of teacher education research: Implications for policy and practice".

Our unit was represented with a symposium and poster on the project HAND:ET and a presentation on the projects Regio-Diff and RegiNaDiff.


Lebenshilfe Research Prize for Inclusion 2022

Since 2018, outstanding Master's theses in the Master's programme "Inclusive Education" have been awarded a research prize by Lebenshilfe Graz und Umgebung - Voitsberg. The awarding of the nominated Master's theses takes place within the framework of the annual event "Grazer Forum Inklusion" organised by the Inclusive Education Unit of the University of Graz.



How are students doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

As a member in the international network for research in health and health literacy in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (covid-hl.eu) a  team of the department started a survey in summer term 2021 in order to find out how students in Austria are coping with the challenges of the pandemic and how they are doing.

An article dealing with this topic can be found on the landing page of the University of Graz: https://news.uni-graz.at/de/detail/article/ausgesperrt/


Podcast fans listen up!

The project "Hand: Empowering Teachers" was presented by Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera and Lisa Paleczek in the podcast of the University of Graz called "Hör-Saal -15 Minuten Forschung" and is publicly avalaible since Nov. 18th, 2021.

You can find episode #31 called "What training do teachers need?" on the following channels:



Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts



Hand:ET Newsletter No. 1 is now avalaible!

In the first HAND:ET Newsletter we are sharing with you news and updates on the recent project activities. Find out more in the article!

HAND:ET Newsletter No. 1 brings you overview and updates on the project news and activities: our web page and social media (re)launch, learning activities focusing on the social, emotional and intercultural education and norm critical pedagogy as well as raising awareness on the topic through the workshop on the importance of social competencies for emotional well-being. Finally, we want to introduce to you the knowledge base acquired on the topic of SEI competencies in the initial Hand in Hand project and show you how the understanding the need for social and emotional competencies and diversity awareness (SEDA) in schools evolved from the initial project.

To learn more, we kindly invite you to take a look at the newsletter here.


Our Research Unit in the Social Media

From now on you can find news and exciting reports of our research unit also on facebook and Instagram.


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