The German Educational Research Association (GERA)
The German Educational Research Association (GERA) | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (DGfE) is an association for educational researchers active in teaching and research. The association was founded in 1964 and currently has around 4.200 members. GERA aims to promote study, research and education in the area of educational theory and science. Its wide-ranging work is mainly carried out through GERA’s 14 divisions and 18 subdivisions and manifests itself in publications, meetings and a joint congress, which takes place every two years.
GERA operates the institution databank (Institutionendatenbank) in cooperation with the German Education Server (Deutscher Bildungsserver). The databank includes detailed information on institutes of education in Germany.
Recommendations for the critical reappraisal of the GERA’s handling of sexualised violence
The Working Group on the GERA’s Handling of Sexualised Violence was constituted on 28 February 2020. The working group was formed as a result of numerous suggestions, some of which emerged from a discussion of affected individuals following the international congress of those affected by sexual violence in Berlin at the end of 2018. Others came from a request for support from the Subdivision for Social Pedagogy to the GERA’s governing council regarding the topic of sexualised violence against children and adolescents, and from the “Recommendations for the Critical Reappraisal of Sexual Child Abuse in Institutions”, written by the Independent Commission for the Critical Reappraisal of Sexual Child Abuse, and presented in Berlin in December 2019. All divisions of the GERA had been asked to nominate a maximum of two delegates. In addition, three colleagues with relevant research expertise in the field of sexualised violence were invited, as well as the head of the archive of the Library for Research on the History of Education, where the files of the GERA’s council have been archived since 1964.
The following recommendations were developed in a total of five plenary meetings and three meetings of smaller subgroups. The desire for reappraisal was held by all participants, even though there were differing views about what exactly should be reappraised and to what extent. Those named at the end of this paper have expressly lent their approval to the recommendations, which emerged as the result of a hard struggle in search of compromise.