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Third-party-funded project

Concepts of childhood in reading primers of the SOZ/GDR 1945 - 1990

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The project focuses on the analysis of concepts of childhood in texts and illustration of Reading Primers in the Soviet Occupation Zone (SOZ) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1945 to1990. The scope of this analysis is to find variations and changes within socially constructed images of children and childhood in the Primers with regard to continuities and discontinuities. Influences on these modifications can be presumed in the historical context. The bibliographic sources cover all Reading Primers for the Regular Primary School in Eastern Germany published between 1945 and 1990. Further interesting sources are documents of the publishing company ?Volk und Wissen Verlag?, topically related announcements of the ?Ministerium für Volksbildung? (National Department of Education) and official releases of the East German research and science office, the ?Deutsches Pädagogisches Zentralinstiut? (Centralistic Pedagogical Institute) and the ?Akademie der Pädagogischen Wissenschaften? (Adacemy of Pedagogical Sciences).

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Key words:
    Reading primer

Projekt period: from 09.2008 to 02.2013