Due to the cancellation of this year’s didacta education fair in Stuttgart, the GEI joined with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Didacta Association in releasing video messages to honour the winners of the Textbook of the Year award. The videos are available on YouTube. The prize is sponsored by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. Read more

Policy Briefs

Nominations for great textbooks wanted

We are now accepting nominations for the textbook of the year 2021. Publishing houses, institutions or individuals that produce or use textbooks have until 31 August 2020 to put forward recommendations for textbooks to be considered for the ‘Textbook of the Year 2021’ award. We are looking for textbooks for lower secondary level in the categories society, languages and STEM. Read more

The Basement blog

At the start of the Corona crisis researchers at the GEI started a new blog in order to respond to school closures and subsequent home schooling. In addition to useful links, the blog publishes reactions, tips and thoughts (in German) regarding the current challenges of digital education and ways to deal with the ongoing situation. Read more

Blacked out textbooks –a New start after 1945

In the aftermath of the Second World War the occupying British powers attempted to remove all National Socialist content from German textbooks. Pages were pasted over and passages blacked out. A film crew from NDR television filmed a report on the subject in our research library and spoke with Eckhardt Fuchs and Anke Hertling about the new beginning in German schools after 1945. Read more


This year’s UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Rreport, titled ‘Inclusion and Education: All Means All’, contains the findings from a study by Eckhardt Fuchs, Marcus Otto and Simiao Yu, summarised in a report titled ’Textbooks can exclude through omission and misrepresentation’ (from p. 125). Read more

Shifts in learning Culture: Digital initiative in schools in Lower Saxony

In February the Georg Eckert Institute launched a new interdisciplinary project called ‘How the digital shift affects living and learning: Ethnographic studies of schools and teaching (LernDiWa). The project is financed by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture. Read more