Classroom Photographs

Virtual research environment for collaborative analysis of classroom photographs

Institute(s): Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education

External partners: Institute for Educational Science, Braunschweig University of Technology

Financed with funds from the project-executing agency: Oct. 2016 – Sep. 2017 as pilot project

Project collaborators

Barbara Zschiesche, TU Braunschweig/DIPF
Kendra Stings, DIPF, until 10/2016
Cornelia-Flavia Veja, DIPF

Further participants: Heidemarie Kemnitz (TU Braunschweig), Marc Rittberger (DIPF), Christoph Schindler (DIPF)


In educational and social science research, images and photos have long been recognized in their source value and have been intensively discussed both in respect to methods and metamethods. For the work with large amounts of image data, however, a digital tool is lacking that supports the processing and analysis of image data as well as their systematic linking with bibliographic information, references, categorizations and annotations in a meaningful way and also enables the collaborative work of several researchers.

The aim of the pilot study is to further develop the research environment Semantic CorA with regard to these requirements and to intensively test it with several researchers by carrying out a research cycle from specification to result production. The example of this is provided by studies on the visual representation of teaching in teacher magazines after 1945. The data set that is being processed in the pilot study comprises around 1,600 photographs (jpg.s) and the associated magazine pages (pdf.s) of the journal “Pädagogik” (1988-2014) and the predecessor journal “Westermanns Pädagogische Beiträge/Pädagogische Beiträge” (1949-1987). In addition to the further development of the research environment, the pilot study also aims to achieve greater transparency and exchange in the generation and handling of serial image data.


A corpus for the photographic representation of teaching practices is created by Mrs. Kemnitz and her colleagues.

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