Study Series “Antisemitism in the Context of School – Interpretations and Ways of Dealing by School Teachers in Berlin”

The first research project of the study series “Antisemitism in the Context of School – Interpretations and Ways of Dealing by School Teachers in Berlin” (2018-2020) was conducted by the Research Department of the Competence Centre in cooperation with the Social Pedagogy Department of the Free University Berlin under the direction of Marina Chernivsky and Dr. Friederike Lorenz and with research assistance by Johanna Schweitzer.

The study focuses on teachers’ and school administrators’ biographically influenced understandings of antisemitism, as well as on their descriptions of situations and needs regarding how antisemitism is dealt with in schools. Group discussions and individual narrative interviews were conducted on the methodological basis of interpretative and reconstructive social research.

The study was guided by the following research questions:

  • What do teachers and school administrators associate with antisemitism?
  • Which (professional) biographical connections do they recall?
  • How do teachers and school administrators perceive antisemitic situations, assaults and structures in schools in Berlin and how do they describe how they handle them?
  • What understanding of antisemitism underlies their respective actions?
  • Which needs do teachers explicitly express and which can be derived from their accounts?
  • Which practices and intervention approaches are established in schools and which expectations and courses of action are manifested?

The research report was published on 10 November 2020.

Target groups: teachers, schools

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