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Methodology of Political Science with due regard to Democracy and Political Socialization Research

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Research at this professorship is coined by a simultaneous interest in methodological as well as content-related questions. On the content-related level, the team is conducting empirical research on the relation of citizens to politics and democracy in general. How do individual political belief systems – political attitudes, behaviour and democratic support – emerge and how can we explain actual political behaviour of citizens? Within this field of research we are focusing on political socialization processes and information processes. Hereby, we do relate our research to theories, concepts and method techniques within the research field of Political Socialization, Political Psychology and Political Culture.
Methodologically speaking, we are interested in appropriate methods of data acquisition within the area of political socialization research (especially concerning children and youth) and on multivariate techniques of data analysis on the basis of survey data.


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Demokratie Leben Lernen 2.0: Politische Sozialisation zu Beginn der Sekundarstufe I

Duration: 3 years (starting spring 2022)
Funded with means of DFG
Project Heads: Simone Abendschön, Markus Tausendpfund (FU Hagen)

In this DFG-project we focus on the transition from primary to secondary schools and its effects from a political socialization perspective. In addition this project focusses on the influence of different types of secondary schools and other school factors as well as the social background on the development of political value orientations and political knowledge at the beginning of the secondary education. At the same time, this research connects the research of political value orientations and political knowledge from a socialisation perspective.


Statistik+: Einstieg in R erleichtern (Teaching project)

Duration: 10/2021 – 09/2022
Funded with means of QSL-D
Project Heads: Philipp Kleer, Simone Abendschön

Project Staff: Leon Klemm, Meike Schulz-Narres

The aim of this project to renew and upgrade the course of "introduction to R" and its teaching materials considering recent research on how to teach statistics in higher education. Special focus of this project is on students who do not have much programming or computer experience (except of smartphones and tablets).


Informing about politics in the pandemic

Project on political interest, media use, and political knowledge in the pandemic of 15 to 24 year old youth (online survey, non-randomized sample).


Method Days and Method Consulting (Teaching project)

Duration: 04/2019 – 03/2022
Funded with means of QSL-D/QSL-Z
Project Heads: Simone Abendschön, Elmar Schlüter

In this special project, we introduced method days (one week of workshops) on which students could gain practical knowledge about specific methods (such as logistic regression, structural equation modelling, multi-level-modelling, text analysis). Aim of these method days was to further strengthen students' ability to apply learned methods on their own research interests. Furthermore, we launched the method consulting, where students (all levels from BA to PhD) could get consulting for their works (seminar paper, thesis, research paper, PhD) regarding the empirical methods they used. 


Children in German State Parliament: lasting learning experiences of primary school children?

Duration: 12/2017 – 08/2018
Project Head: Simone Abendschön, Thorsten Faas (FU Berlin)
Project staff: Luisa Wingerter, B. Philipp Kleer

Research project in cooperation with the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate (funded with means of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate). In this project, we evaluated a newly introduced visiting program for primary schoolchildren at the Landtag.


Introducing/ creating a web-based training within the Master Degree Democracy and Governance 

Duration: 03/2018-02/2019
Funded with means of QSL-D
Project Heads: Simone Abendschön, Benedikt Philipp Kleer
Project staff: Lena Müller, Charlotte Gemmeke, Dennis Klose

In this project, we created and introduced an extensive web-based-training for MA students, who studied Politics or Sociology only as minor in their BA studies. Students can go through five comprehensive module in this web-based-training to gain basic knowledge of empirical social research. 


Research association antidemocratic attitude (Faculty 03, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)

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