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Association for Research (Forschungs- & Innovationsverbund an der Evangelischen Hochschule Freiburg) (FIVE e.V.)
Centre for Childhood and Adolescence Research (Zentrum für Kinder und Jugendforschung; ZfKJ)

 Contact details
Contact personProf. Dr. Klaus Fröhlich-Gildhoff
Head of Research Centre, Senior Lecturer 
StreetBugginger Straße 38 
Address 79114 - Freiburg (Germany) 
Phone0049-761-478-12-40 
EmailShow Email
Webwww.zfkj.de
Social Media0049-761-478-12-22
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Cultural studies
» Psychology
» Other social sciences
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Health sciences
» Social work

 Brief description of your activity focus
Our main focus is prevention research, resilience as well as organizational and quality development in educational institutions (kindergarten, school)

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Expertise

  • promotion of resilience
    promotion of mental health
    competence based teaching in early childhood education degree programs
    cooperation with parents in early childhood education institutions
    violence prevention
    designing formal and informal educational processes


  • Concept

    The Centre for Childhood and Adolescence Research (ZfKJ) provides research, praxis counselling and further education in the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Education
    Youth Welfare
    Psychotherapy with children and adolescents.


  • The general objectives of the ZfKJ are
  • to promote health and a healthy environment for children, adolescents and adults
    to develop praxis in the field of psychosocial work in order to improve children’s and adolescents’ participation in social life


  • Thus, the ZfKJ works according to the following principles:
  • resource orientation
    promotion of empowerment
    focus on prevention
    consideration of cultural diversity and gender imbalances
    praxis research through direct involvement of clients.


  • Our special concern is to link research, praxis as well as teaching and education. Therefore, the ZfKJ systematically practices the transfer of research results into praxis through publications, symposia and further education.

    Research Activities


    The ZfKJ does basic and applied research in multi-perspective, multimodal designs, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

    The spectrum of ZfKJ research activities also covers
  • project evaluation
    needs assessment
    network analysis
    research in education & communication.



  • Current Projects

    Pilot project: “STRONG – Supportive tools for resilient, open-minded and non-violent grass-root work at schools” (Feb 2011 – Jan 2013; funded by European Commission within Daphne III programme).

    Comparative European study: „Implementation and evaluation of quality criteria for the professional support of violent children and young people” (Jan 2009 – Dec 2010; funded by European Commission within Daphne III programme).

    Programme evaluation: “Prevention of social exclusion – promotion of mental health in early childhood education institutions in deprived areas” (Sept 2008 – Sept 2010; funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

    Further Activities

  • development of prevention and intervention programmes in the areas of early childhood education and youth welfare (e.g. resilience promotion courses, anti-violence-training)
    consulting for early childhood education and youth welfare institutions
    initiating innovation processes in early childhood education
    development of competence based teaching in early childhood education degree programs
    providing further education programs in the areas of early childhood education and youth welfare (e.g. professional support for violent young people)
  •  Research Activities

     EU Framework Programme related activities:
    » Socio-economic development trajectories
    » Societal trends and lifestyles
    » Cultural interactions in an international perspective
    » Participation and citizenship in Europe
    » Diversities and commonalities in Europe

     Project participation
     
    Project #1
    Project TypeNational
    FunctionCoordinator
    Project TitleAvoiding exclusion by reinforcing prevention - Promotion of mental health in early childhood institutions in deprived areas
    Acronym(BMBF project)
    Specific ThemePromotion of resilience with disadvantaged families
    Project websitewww.resilienz-freiburg.de
     
    Project #2
    Project TypeOther (International)
    FunctionCoordinator
    Project TitleSupportive tools for resilient, openminded and non-violent grassroot-work in schools
    AcronymSTRONG (Daphne III project, 2011-2013)
    Specific ThemeViolence prevention, resilience promotion in schools
    Project websitewww.zfkj-freiburg.de
     
    Project #3
    Project TypeOther (International)
    FunctionCoordinator
    Project TitleComparative European Study: „Implementation and evaluation of quality criteria for the professional support of violent children and young people”
    Acronym(Daphne III programme, 2008-2010)
    Specific ThemeProfessional development of employees working with violent children/adolescents
    Project websitewww.zfkj-freiburg.de

     International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
    Publications (exemplary)

    Fröhlich-Gildhoff, K. & Rönnau-Böse, M. (2009). Resilienz. München: Reinhardt.

    Fröhlich-Gildhoff, K., Wigger, A., Lecaplain, P., Svensson,O. & Stelmaszuk, Z.W. (2008). Professional support for violent young people. Results of a comparative European study. Freiburg: FEL.

    Fröhlich-Gildhoff, K. & Nentwig-Gesemann, I. (Hrsg.) (2009). Forschung in der Frühpädagogik II. Freiburg: FEL.

    Kraus-Gruner, G., Rönnau, M., Fröhlich-Gildhoff, K. & Füssinger, E. (2008). Violence Prevention in the Educational Institution „Kindergarten“ – Pre-study. Present approaches and Development Possibilities. Freiburg: FEL.

    Rönnau-Böse, M. & Fröhlich-Gildhoff, K. (2009). The Promotion of Resilience: A Person-Centered Perspective of Prevention in Early- Childhood Institutions. In: Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. Journal of the World Association of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling.

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