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About the Division

The Section of Media Education consists of educational scientists whose focus is on questions of media education issues in research and teaching. There are currently over 280 media education scientists in the section, including colleagues from Austria and Switzerland.

The section

  • has been holding a spring and autumn conference every year since 2003
  • organizes the Magdeburger Theory Forum in collaboration with the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg. This been providing a platform for intensive discussion every year since 2009
  • supports emerging researchers, for example as part of a doctoral forum, a special communication platform and - since 2011 - by awarding a doctoral award
  • publishes a special volume of the MedienPädagogik journal since 2001 and since 2000 in cooperation with the Zurich University of Teacher Education, Department of Media Education, the MedienPaed journal as an online magazine (open access)
  • informs its section members regularly via a newsletter (since 2012 in the form of circular emails).

The members of the Section of Media Education deal primarily with questions of media education, media socialization and media didactics (teaching and learning with media) in teaching and research. Their empirical, methodological and theoretical approaches not only address questions from all areas of educational science, communication and media science, but furthermore problems and topics that lie at the intersection between these fields. Numerous media educators work in educational research, focusing on designing media-based learning environments for self-directed learning in a wide range of educational areas and ensuring suitable institutional framework conditions for such learning environments.
Although media education courses and additional training courses have been set up at individual universities, there is overall a considerable need for action - even still today. The Section of Media Education demands that at each university where pedagogical specialists are trained (depending on the size of the number of students and courses) one or two media education professorships with corresponding staff positions must be set up. The section strongly advocates basic media education for all pedagogical specialists - in early childhood education, in school education and in non-school related fields of work.
In media education research, we consider it imperative to establish independent media educational research priorities with the major funding authorities, which enable long-term basic research in various areas of media education. In view of the rapid media development, research on media pedagogical practice and evaluation are to be promoted further in order to ensure that media pedagogical practice can be systematically observed, evaluated and further developed.

History of the Section Media Education

On the initiative of Stefan Aufenanger and Dieter Baacke, a temporary working group was first established at the 1994 Congress of the German Educational Research Association (GERA) in Dortmund, which was recognized by the board of the GERA. Up until 1999, this temporary working group was a preliminary stage to the Media Education Commission. Since 1999, the Media Education Commission, together with the Environmental Education Commission, has been a separate Section for Media Education and Environmental Education. After the Commission for Environmental Education moved to another section of the GERA, the Section of Media Education has been a separate section since 2010.

Possibility of membership

Membership in the section is linked to membership in the German Educational Researcher Association (GERA). Anyone who has demonstrated sufficient scientific work that allowed for scientific and professional policy benefits in society can be accepted as a full member of the GERA. Evidence is provided through a doctorate, through continuous scientific publication activity or, in individual cases, through an extensive, scientific commitment to educational science.
As an associated member, you can be admitted if you pursue a scientific activity or the goal of doing a PhD in an educational context.
The membership fee is currently EUR 85.00 for ordinary members and EUR 35.00 for associate members. The Membership entitles the holder to vote in board elections, to subscribe to the association’s journal Educational Science and the congress report (GERA Congress, every two years).
Further information on membership (in German)

Initiative "No education without media!"

The Section of Media Education initiated the discussion about the development of an education and professional policy initiative. In 2008 the idea for a media education manifesto came up, which was published in 2009. We are pleased that the manifesto and the initiative "No education without media!" came about as a joint action by various organizations and people. With this, German media educational key actors have created a common educational and professional policy platform to articulate public issues and demands of media pedagogy.
In addition to the Section of Media Education, the following organizations are among the first signatories to the Media Pedagogy Manifesto: the Section for Media Education in the German Communication Association (DGPuK), the Society for Media Education and Communication Culture (GMK), the Board of Directors of the JFF - Youth, Film, Television eV; the Leibniz Institute for Media Research - Hans Bredow.
On March 24th and 25th in 2011 the initiative "No education without media!" held a nationwide congress at the TU Berlin , in which over 400 specialists from education and science took part. In 13 working groups, various topic areas were discussed and concrete suggestions and demands developed. The initiative decided to continue work in autumn 2011. The initiative's website provides information on ongoing activities.

Spokesman of the steering group and also representative of the section:
Prof. Dr. Horst Niesyto (2009-2014)
Prof. Dr. Sven Kommer (since 2014).