Julian Erdmann: Lifeworld-Oriented Media Education with Disadvantaged Youth and the Dealing of Pedagogical Professionals with unfamiliarly habitual Media Worlds

This doctoral project is concerned with the question of how out-of-school media education professionals who work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reflect on their media habitus in the context of lifeworld orientation.

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In lifeworld-oriented out-of-school media literacy promotion, the goal is often described as tying in the work with young people's media worlds. In this context, a "clash of habitus" occurs when media education professionals, who were primarily socialized in an academic environment, consider the media worlds of their target group, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to be problematic, possibly unconsciously, and subsequently neglect them.

Following on from the central research question, this gives rise to a number of further questions: To what extent is a reflection of the media habitus generally and in the specific projects feasible in practice? Do professionals orient themselves to all media worlds or does a "middle class orientation" prevail? How do professionals deal with media content with a potential risk in their work with young people? On which concept of media competence do the professionals base their work?

Although the concrete empirical approach, in the sense of grounded theory, is still open, participatory observations of media education projects on the one hand and problem-centered interviews with professionals on the other hand are planned. Finally, based on the challenges that become visible in practice, pedagogical approaches are to be worked out so that existing difficulties in media pedagogical work with young people from risk situations can be countered.

  • Project lead: Julian Erdmann
  • Contact: julianerdmann(at)hotmail.de
  • CV: Studied film and television in Hamburg and Saxony at the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences (B.A., thesis on: "True Detective as a classic HBO author series") as well as political science and education science at the University of Osnabrück and University of Oulu (B.A., thesis on: "John Dewey and media education"). Afterwards studies of media science at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (M.A., Thesis: "lifeworld-orientation in media education"). Currently PhD student at the Filmuniversität and since October 2020 researcher at Büro Berlin des JFF - Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis.
  • PhD Advisors: 1st Phd Advisor Prof. Dr. Claudia Wegener (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF); 2nd Phd Advisor Prof. Dr. Sven Kommer (RWTH Aachen)
  • Scientific PhD in the discipline: Media studies