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Katja Koch     Kristina Koebe     Tilman Brand von     Oliver Plessow

Sozialistische Schule zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit : die Pädagogischen Lesungen als ungehobener Schatz zur Erforschung von Unterricht in der DDR

2., redaktionell überarbeitete Version, Universität Rostock, Arbeitsstelle Pädagogische Lesungen, 01.03.2019

Abstract: The term Pädagogische Lesungen (Pedagogical Readings) refers to an institutionalized experience exchange between educators from all spheres of the GDR education system (kindergarden, general education schools, special needs schools, extracurricular pedagogy). The written text on own experiences, including innovative proposals on how to design educational procedures, is complemented by the public reading in front of an expert audience of practically active educators in large-scale further education events. It were about 9,500 ‘successful’ pedagogical readings that were popularized via a centrally organized professional selection process from 1955 to 1989 and forwarded to the Pedagogical Central Library at the House of Teachers in Berlin. The stock that includes readings related to all subjects as well as those on general educational or psychological issues has been completely preserved until today. [...] The present article shall undertake a first step towards analyzing this extremely inventive source material by contextualizing the format as well as its development in the context of GDR education policy. Furthermore, the criteria applied to successful pedagogical readings and available correspondence related to their evaluation will be taken into a first consideration to, afterwards, outline the degree of political and education history control applied on the elaboration and content development. The result will develop hypotheses on the potential the source provides regarding a broader research perspective.

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