Current projects

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Digital Competences Unleashed: Education and Training of Digital Competencies in the era of CoVid-19

Project description: From May 2021 to April 2023, the DIGIVID project will provide in-service training in online digital competencies for teacher educators and teachers who are either currently in training or already in service. This in-service training will be built around a widget that refers to the DigComp 2.1 framework. The widget will create a learning environment that teaches the DigComp competencies through differentiated learning objectives that can be worked through at one’s own pace. The use of this widget will be evaluated in in-process trainings (Austria, Germany, Norway).

Project partners: Graz University of Technology/Know Center (Lead); Dresden University of Technology; Norwegian University of Science and Technology; University of Graz;

RCIE Researchers: phil. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera, Mag.a Lisa Paleczek

Duration: 01.05.2021 until 30.04.2023

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Promoting social-emotional competencies and diversity awareness among teachers in Europe

Project description: In their professional life, teachers need to respond competently to new challenges on a daily basis. The HAND:ET project, funded under the “Support for Policy Reform” action, is developing an innovative, universal program from March 2021 to February 2024 that aims to promote social-emotional competencies and diversity awareness among teachers. The program will be tested using a quasi-experimental design with control groups among primary and secondary teachers in Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, and Portugal. The results will be summarized in guidelines and will be used as EU- and country-specific recommendations to address current structural challenges of the teaching profession.

Project partners: Educational Research Institute (ERI), Slovenia; Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport (MESS), Slovenia; Ministry of Science and Education (MSE), Croatia; Board of Education of Styria, Austria; DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF), Germany;  Institute for Social Research in Zagreb (ISRZ), Croatia; University of Graz (Uni Graz), Austria; Mid Sweden University (MIUN), Sweden; Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa), Portugal; Aarhus University (AU), Denmark; Network of Education Policy Centres (NEPC), International NGO

Associated project partners in Austria: KPH Graz

RCIE Researchers: phil. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera, Mag.a Lisa Paleczek

Project duration: 28.02.2021-27.02.2024

  • Digitalisation and inclusive education (DigIn) - Leaving no one behind in the digital era

Project description: The project “Digitalisation and inclusive education: Leaving no one behind in the digital era” aims to empower and professionalize teachers from different school types in the field of digital and inclusive education. By doing so, it hopes to increase the participation of students with disabilities in digital education.

Pursuing this goal, we will create a training for in-service schoolteachers who were primarily not trained to offer digital education for students with disabilities. The training will foster teachers’ digital competence and increase their capacity to support students with disabilities in either the inclusive classroom, in a blended learning format or during distance learning.

Project partners: PHSt and KPH (Austria), Competence Centre for School Inclusion of the University of Bozen (Italy), DUGA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), OOU Hristijan Karposh and Education for all (North Macedonia).

RCIE Researchers: Edvina Bešić, PhD; Andrea Holzinger; Mag. Katerina Todorova; Silvia Kopp-Sixt MA; Prof. David Wolhart, BEd; Martina Kalcher

Duration period: 2021 – 2023

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  • DigIDe

Project for the detection of dementia in people with intellectual impairment

Project description:The aims of this project are to design a digital tool and develop a prototype for the early detection of dementia in people with intellectual impairment. This is intended to minimize stressful situations that arise for caregivers due to dementia symptoms in people with intellectual impairment and to clarify possibilities for support and assistance. The tool is developed in a participatory process with all involved parties and is intended to facilitate the daily routine ofcaregivers and to expand their observation and communication possibilities.

RCIE Researchers: phil. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera; Dominik Pendl, BA MSc.

Duration: 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2023

Funded by the Styrian Chamber of Labour within the framework of the digitalization offensive.

  • ‘Scratch Options!’

Social problem-solving abilities and CT of 4th and 5th grade students

Project description: In the context of the advancing digitalization permeating all areas of life, digital competencies are gaining in significance. Therefore, digital competencies and Computational Thinking (CT) have to be addressed and promoted within the educational context. Focusing on these areas, however, should not lead to neglecting other fundamental competencies of students. This relates especially to social-emotional competencies and their promotion in school, as the individual abilities of students influence the social interactions in the classroom and thus class climate.

‘Scratch Options!’ tries to build a bridge, so that promoting social-emotional and digital competencies are not mutually exclusive, but complement and build on each other. In the project, students will program interactive stories related to social-emotionally challenging situations with the help of the child-friendly programming language Scratch (graphic building block system). Creating these stories should foster their social-emotional competencies, as well as their CT.

The goal is to develop, test and evaluate a type of joint promotion of these competencies (CT and social-emotional competencies) within the class structure, so teachers can rely on evidence-based interventions. The contents (social-emotionally challenging situations) should address concrete challenges within the classroom, in order to enable tailored interventions.

Cooperating partners: RCIE and University of Graz

RCIE Researchers: phil. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera; Katharina Maitz, PhD MA BA BA; Mag.a Lisa Paleczek, PhD;

Further information can be found here...


  • In-DIG-developments

Project title: Inclusion through digital school development - barriers and solutions due to Covid-19 (In-DIG-developments):

Project description: The project goal is to better understand the impact and the changes, caused by COVID-19 in primary and secondary schools in Styria. For this purpose, pupils, teachers, school directors and parents are surveyed using a mixed-method-approach. The involved persons are asked about their experiences of school inclusion and the associated changes in teaching methods and structure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The gained scientific findings regarding barriers and models for inclusive, digitally supported teaching and learning environments will be used to accompany and support future inclusive school developmental processes.

The first findings of the project were presented and discussed in an online workshop, which took place on November 11, 2020. The workshop focused on broad-based interdisciplinary exchange with different stakeholders. More information regarding this workshop can be found in the program (you can find the program in German language here).

This study is conducted in cooperation between the Research Center for Inclusive Education (RCIE), the research group of Inclusive Education and Special Education Psychology, led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera, the department of Empirical Educational Research, led by Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Heike Wendt and the Institute for Ethics and Social Teaching of the University of Graz. The project is implemented with financial support from the state of Styria.

  • Regio-Diff

Project description: The goal of this project was to prepare and transfer knowledge about the region of Styria. In 2019/2020 specialized texts about the regional characteristics of Styria were prepared by the project team and pupils from secondary schools. The prepared texts were differentiated and adapted based on the reading skills of the pupils and enriched with vocabulary exercises and reading strategies. These texts are used in primary schools in Styria in the school year 2020/2021 either as printed materials or embedded in the digital learning environment.

FZIB Researchers: Uni Graz: Mag.a Lisa Paleczek, PhD; Susanne Seifert, PhD.; Daniela Ender, MSc; Martina Kalcher; Prof. David Wohlhart

Project duration: 2019 - 2021

Funded by the state of Styria.

Link to the web page of the project: regionen-kennenlernen ( 

  • Establishment of a Research Center for Inclusive Education

Project description: "Digital and social transformation in higher education" (in German language).

Brochure of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: Digital and social transformation. Selected digitalization projects at public universities from 2020 to 2024. (Project description can be found on page 42, in German language).

An international jury rated 35 out of more than 70 submitted projects as eligible and worthy for financing. Among them, the project “Establishment of a Research Center for Inclusive Education” was selected for financing.

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Cooperating partners

 Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Graz  Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark  Universität Graz 

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