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Working Group for Methodology of Higher Education and Science Research

Welcome to our Working Group for Methodology of Higher Education and Science Research!

 

Prof. Dr. Anna Kosmützky holds a professorship at the Working Group of Methodology of Higher Education and Science Research since January 2018.

Her field of work includes the supervision of thematically suitable MA final papers and dissertations. Should you have further enquiries please feel free to contact either Anna Kosmützky or Julian Hamann directly.

Team 

More about our research work

The Research Group “Methodology of Higher Education and Science Studies”

 In this research group we deal with questions of how methods are implemented and developed in higher education and science studies. We understand methodology as a meta-reflection of the criteria, strategies and execution of research in all phases of the research process – from research design (selection of objects, methods and theories) to data collection and evaluation to publication and exploitation of the results.

 In our research on methodology, we conduct meta-reflections of field-specific rules in higher education, science studies and beyond. In doing so, we empirically analyze practices, conventions and quality criteria of research. Wherever possible, we also point out problems of implicitly accepted approaches and provide suggestions for further development. The reflection of our position within our own object of research is of particular importance to us. We therefore also focus on the methodological challenges of higher education and science studies.

 Our methodological reflections are connected to empirical research that we conduct within this focus area on different issues regarding higher education and science. We combine methodology with empirical research since methodology always refers to specific matching between theory, object of research and methods.     

 In teaching, our Research and Methods Laboratory („Forschungs- und Methodenwerkstatt“) provides doctoral students with methodological competencies. It focuses on the discussion and reflection of ongoing research projects (with reference to data, texts, research design etc.). Students on the Master’s level will be familiarized with methodological reflections in the context of research and methodology seminars.

 Current research on methodology:

  • Methodology of comparative research: from international comparisons to social science comparisons in general as well as historical comparisons and specific comparisons in the field of higher education and science studies.

  • Methodological overlaps between science studies and higher education studies as well as methodological peculiarities of higher education and science studies  („Members of universities and academia conduct research on universities and academia“).

  • Social practices of qualitative social research 

  • Mixed-methods approaches.

 Current empirical higher education and science studies:

  • Dynamics of globalization, digitization and competition in the systems of higher education and science

  • The nexus of evaluations and social inequalities in science

  • Health/stress and the higher education institution

 Current teaching:

  • Research and Methods Laboratory (Forschungs- und Methodenwerkstatt) 

  • Institutions and actors of the systems of higher education and science

  • The comparison in social sciences 

  • International comparative research: methodological, methodical and analytical challenges

 


Current Research at the Working Group

  • Section event co-organised by Anna Kosmützky and Julian Hamann (with Roland Bloch, Martina Franzen, David Kaldewey and Anne K. Krüger): "Der Zusammenhang von Organisation und Produktion wissenschaftlichen Wissens. Zur Neukonfiguration des Verhältnisses zwischen Hochschule und Wissenschaft" ('The coherence between organisation and production of scientitic knowledge. A new configuration of the relationship between higher education and science'). A section event (of the Research of Science and Technology Group) at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Göttingen (24th - 28th September 2018) Link
  • Ad-hoc group co-organised by Julian Hamann (with Stephanie Beyer, Alice Barth, Vincent Gengnagel and Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg): "Für eine reflexive und relationale Soziologie der Soziologie: Die deutsche Soziologie im internationalen Vergleich" ('For a reflexive and relational sociology of sociology: German Sociology vs. International Sociology') at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Göttingen (24th - 28th September 2018) Link
  • Ad-hoc group co-organised by Julian Hamann (with Andreas Schmitz): "Macht der Methodologie - Methodologie der Macht" ('The power of methodology - the methodology of power') at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Göttingen (24th - 28th September 2018) Link
  • Panel organised by Anna Kosmützky (and Terhi Nokkala) : 'New Methodological Paths in Comparative Higher Education'. Presentations are being held by Gerardo Blanco, Brendan Cantwell, Jenny J. Lee, Blanca Torres Olave, Tatiana Suspitsyna, Adam TM Wyatt, at the ASHE 2018 in Tampa, USA (15th-17th November 2018) Link
  • Presentation by Anna Kosmützky: 'Between Context and Generalization: Challenges of Qualitative Small-N Comparative Case Studies', at the ASHE 2018 in Tampa, USA (15th-17th November 2018) Link

Previous Research at the Working Group

  • Article by Anna Kosmützky:  'A two-sided medal: On the complexity of international comparative and collaborative team research', published in the journal 'Higher Education Quarterly', February 2018 (ahead-of-print version)
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hequ.12156
  • Presentation by Julian Hamann: 'The Discursive Positioning of Applicants in Academic Organizations' at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Philadelphia, USA (11th - 14th August 2018)
  • Keynote presentation by Anna Kosmützky: 'What kind of theories of higher education and science in society do we need?' at the 5th Summer School on Higher Education at Jyväskylä University, Finland (13th - 14th August)
  • Participation of Julian Hamann at the opening event 'Bewertungsgesellschaft' as part of the DFG network at Bremen University (2th - 13th July 2018)
  • Presentation by Julian Hamann: 'The Ideal Candidate. How Academic Organizations Select Prospective Members' (with Kathia Serrano Velarde, Heidelberg University) at the 34th Colloquium of the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) in Tallinn, Estonia (5th - 7th July 2018)

Current Research at the Working Group

  • Section event co-organised by Anna Kosmützky and Julian Hamann (with Roland Bloch, Martina Franzen, David Kaldewey and Anne K. Krüger): "Der Zusammenhang von Organisation und Produktion wissenschaftlichen Wissens. Zur Neukonfiguration des Verhältnisses zwischen Hochschule und Wissenschaft" ('The coherence between organisation and production of scientitic knowledge. A new configuration of the relationship between higher education and science'). A section event (of the Research of Science and Technology Group) at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Göttingen (24th - 28th September 2018) Link
  • Ad-hoc group co-organised by Julian Hamann (with Stephanie Beyer, Alice Barth, Vincent Gengnagel and Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg): "Für eine reflexive und relationale Soziologie der Soziologie: Die deutsche Soziologie im internationalen Vergleich" ('For a reflexive and relational sociology of sociology: German Sociology vs. International Sociology') at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Göttingen (24th - 28th September 2018) Link
  • Ad-hoc group co-organised by Julian Hamann (with Andreas Schmitz): "Macht der Methodologie - Methodologie der Macht" ('The power of methodology - the methodology of power') at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Göttingen (24th - 28th September 2018) Link
  • Panel organised by Anna Kosmützky (and Terhi Nokkala) : 'New Methodological Paths in Comparative Higher Education'. Presentations are being held by Gerardo Blanco, Brendan Cantwell, Jenny J. Lee, Blanca Torres Olave, Tatiana Suspitsyna, Adam TM Wyatt, at the ASHE 2018 in Tampa, USA (15th-17th November 2018) Link
  • Presentation by Anna Kosmützky: 'Between Context and Generalization: Challenges of Qualitative Small-N Comparative Case Studies', at the ASHE 2018 in Tampa, USA (15th-17th November 2018) Link

Previous Research at the Working Group

  • Article by Anna Kosmützky:  'A two-sided medal: On the complexity of international comparative and collaborative team research', published in the journal 'Higher Education Quarterly', February 2018 (ahead-of-print version)
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hequ.12156
  • Presentation by Julian Hamann: 'The Discursive Positioning of Applicants in Academic Organizations' at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Philadelphia, USA (11th - 14th August 2018)
  • Keynote presentation by Anna Kosmützky: 'What kind of theories of higher education and science in society do we need?' at the 5th Summer School on Higher Education at Jyväskylä University, Finland (13th - 14th August)
  • Participation of Julian Hamann at the opening event 'Bewertungsgesellschaft' as part of the DFG network at Bremen University (2th - 13th July 2018)
  • Presentation by Julian Hamann: 'The Ideal Candidate. How Academic Organizations Select Prospective Members' (with Kathia Serrano Velarde, Heidelberg University) at the 34th Colloquium of the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) in Tallinn, Estonia (5th - 7th July 2018)