Ask the COMPOUNDS Network

At our Think Tanks, we always use the opportunity to ask our network about certain aspects of compound subjects and our work at COMPOUNDS. Please find some insight from our experts.

What do you think about interdisciplinarity?

We asked Prof. Christoph Bläsi, Prof. Chantal Déry & PD. Dr. Steffen Sammler:

What comes into your mind when thinking about compound subjects?

We asked Prof. Maria Helena Esteves & and Prof. Riem Spielhaus:
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COMPOUNDS Think Tanks (TT)

We meet regularly to exchange ideas, present our latest progress and plan the next steps with our network partners. Learn here more about the COMPOUNDS Think Tanks.

Think Tank 1 (TT1)

Berlin, 01.04 – 04.04. 2023

Follow our updates on TT1 social media.

Think Tank 2 (TT2)

Georg-Eckert – Institut Braunschweig


Think Tank 3 (TT3)

Ljubljana, 20.07-24.07

Think Tank 4 (TT4)

Berlin, 29.09 – 02.10

We are looking forward to our next Think Tanks in 2024, which will be held in Paris and Lisbon.

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About this Blog

English version below

Dieser Blog gibt einen Einblick in die Arbeit von COMPOUNDS und richtet sich an all diejenigen, die sich für Fachlichkeit, Entfachlichung und Etablierung von gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Verbundfächern interessieren. COMPOUNDS wird diesen Themen auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen begegnen und dabei Perspektiven unterschiedlicher Stakeholder in den Blick rücken. Neben den Fachdidaktiken, Bildungsmedien, Verlagen und der Schulpädagogik, sollen auch schulische Akteure in das Projekt integriert werden. In diesem Blog möchten wir aktuelle Entwicklungen aus dem Netzwerk und ausgewählte Erkenntnisse aus den Arbeitspaketen teilen.

This blog gives an insight into the work of COMPOUNDS, an interdisciplinary network dedicated to social science school subjects composed of various disciplinary perspectives. At its core are matters connected to subject-specific knowledge in competencies-based education, its representation in curricula and educational media, particularly (digital) textbooks. The network further looks into processes of the educational media publishing industry, keeping the focus on social science compound subjects.

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Main contact

Alessia Caracuta

Phone: +49 (0)30 2093 6853

Contact Social Media :

Paul Stephan

Phone: +49 (0)30 2093 6828

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COMPOUNDS-Compound Subjects. A European Network

The introduction of compound (or interdisciplinary) subjects, such as Social Studies or Social Science, is driven, among other things, by the demand to create more holistic opportunities to deal with complex societal change.

However, interdisciplinary school subjects face a range of challenges, such as the interplay between school subjects and academic disciplines (particularly concerning knowledge and content), educational resource design, production, and usage, as well as initial teacher education. Most of these challenges require the exploration of disciplinary approaches based on established Social Science subjects, such as Geography, History, or Civics.

COMPOUNDS aims to establish a European network to tackle many of the above-described challenges and beyond by tapping into one of Europe’s strengths, namely the diversity of education systems, educational media publishing markets, and initial teacher education formats. First and foremost, COMPOUNDS aims to map national and regional discourses in Subject Education, General Education, Educational Media Studies, and Publishing Studies, always keeping its focus on Social Science compound subjects.

COMPOUNDS is funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Duration: 2021–2024

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The Team

Prof. Dr. Dr. Péter Bagoly-Simó

Project Coordinator

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Geography Education

Work Package 1 Leader: Subject-specificity & compound subjects

Prof. Dr. Daniel Scholl

Universität Siegen | School Pedagogy

Work Package 2 Leader: Teaching & Learning in Compound Subjects

Prof. Dr. Riem Spielhaus

Georg Eckert Institute. Leibniz Institute for Educational Media

Work Package 3 Leader: Educational Media in Compound Subjects

PD Dr. Steffen Sammler

Georg Eckert Institute. Leibniz Institute for Educational Media

Work Package 3 Leader: Educational Media in Compound Subjects

Prof. Dr. Christoph Bläsi

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz | Book Studies

Work Package 4 Leader: Publishing Houses & Compound Subjects

Alessia Caracuta

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Geography Education

Work Package 5 Leader: Management

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Our network is constantly expanding. The following universities have also recently become part of the COMPOUNDS network:

  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Universität Salzburg
  • Stockholm University
  • Dublin City University
  • University of Ljubljana 
  • Universidade de Lisboa


Prof. Dr. Dr. Péter Bagoly-Simó

Germany & Romania

Péter Bagoly-Simó is the Full Professor and Chair of Geography Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His areas of expertise are textbooks, educational media, curricula, and subject-specific knowledge–particularly in light of cross-curricular objectives (e.g., Education for Sustainable Development).

Prof. Dr. Anke Uhlenwinkel


Anke Uhlenwinkel is a professor for Didactics of Geography and Economics at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. Her focus is on argumentation competence, progression and concepts for powerful disciplinary knowledge as well as thematically in the area of gray spaces.

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Resnik Planinc


Prof. Dr. Tatjana Resnik Planinc works full-time at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, where she received her PhD in 2001 in the field of Geography Education. She conducts research in the field of Geography Education and training, focusing on sustainable development, sustainable mobility, the development of values, identity, and digital humanities. She has participated in numerous international and national projects and collaborates extensively in research groups dealing with the development of the national education system and the current renewal of curricula in primary and secondary schools. 

Prof. Dr. Daniel Scholl


Work Package Leader Teaching & Learning

Daniel Scholl is a professor of Education Studies at Siegen University. His research fields are, among others, curriculum studies and teacher professionalism.

Dr. Erika Homoki


Erika Homoki is Head of the Teacher and Kindergarten Training Institute at Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, in Eger. Her PhD dissertation (2016) focused on the relationship of geographical knowledge and skills with everyday life in different social groups. She has been a member of the MTA-SZTE Research Group on Geography Teaching and Learning since 2023. Her fields of interest include environmental education at kindergarten and elementary school levels and complex development of young children’s scientific thinking.

Prof. Dr. Maria Helena Esteves


Maria Helena Esteves is a Professor at the Institute of Geography and Territorial Planning of the Universidade de Lisboa. Her areas of expertise are Geography Education, initial teacher education, and urban geography. Her research includes the contribution of Geography Education to citizenship education, research on geography curricula, textbooks and topics related to education for sustainable development. 

PD Dr. Steffen Sammler


Work Package Leader Educational Media

Steffen Sammler works at the Department of Knowledge in Transition at Georg Eckert Institute for Educational Media. As of 2016, he has been investigating the development of new teaching material for the Social Studies classroom in a time of changing media and an increasingly open society in the twentieth century within the project ‚New Knowledge in New Media?‘, funded by the MWK Pro Niedersachsen initiative. He studied history and French studies at the Universities of Leipzig, Rouen and at the European University Institute in Florence. He obtained his PhD. in modern history in 1995 with a dissertation about 1789 and the transformation of political culture in France.

Dr. Anett Kádár


Anett Kádár is originally a secondary grammar school teacher of Geography and English as a Foreign Language, currently a lecturer at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Szeged. Her PhD dissertation (2019) focused on primary and secondary school students‘ geographical misconceptions. She has been a member of the MTA-SZTE Research Group on Geography Teaching and Learning since 2017, and as of August 2023, she is the leader of the research group. Her main fields of interest include climate change education, special needs education in Geography, map and spatial skills education, textbook research, and curriculum development. 

Prof. Dr. Eric Bruillard


Details will follow shortly.

Prof. Dr. Chantal Déry


Chantal Déry is professor of History and Geography Education at Université du Québec en Outaouais in Canada. Her specializations and research interests include the teaching of social studies at the elementary level, the didactics of geography, the transfer of learning and multi-age classes, and interdisciplinarity teaching and learning. She is president of the Regroupement des géographes du Québec (RGQ) and co-leader of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) study group on geographic education. She is also a member of the RIISQ Network in Québec (Quebec Flood Inter-Sector Network).

Prof. Dr. Christoph Bläsi


Work Package Leader Publishing Studies

Christoph Bläsi is a professor for book studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany (since 2009).

His current research areas include artificial intelligence applications in publishing, (particularly economic aspects of) educational publishing as well as mixed-methods approaches (including digital humanities ones).

In his work package educational media (by publishing houses and other agents) come into focus. For this, school education and eductional media approaches have to be combined with ones from publishing studies, the network or researchers and other stakeholders extended in this direction. Since structures, processes, etc. of educational publishers in general, their particular role between school authorities, authors, teachers, pupils, etc. as well as possibly corresponding theoretical models have to be charted as a sort of a baseline first (even if many questions seem to be unanswered). Research problems with respect to compound subjects materials include the question, which institutions have the agency for those materials, where central ideas for these materials originate and what the workflows inside the publishing houses and with authors, vendors, distributors, etc. are. Moreover, it is interesting to examine, if the products in this particular segment have identifiable features that seperate them from other educatinal material (e.g. with respect to the scale of content reuse, the use of media beyond text or the relevance of the digital) and what the role of competition and risk is in this segment. On the basis of a correspondingly wide literature review, we will try to chart the current discourse and define research tasks to be followed up in the form of projects to be developed by the evolving network.

Prof. Dr. Riem Spielhaus


Work Package Leader Educational Media

Riem Spielhaus is head of the department Knowledge in Transition and Professor of Islamic Studies with a focus on education and cultures of knowledge at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Her research fields are, among others, the representation of Islam in textbooks and the production of knowledge about Muslims in Europe.

Dr. Jesús Granados Sanchez


Details will follow shortly

Dr. Petr. Knecht

Czech Republic

Petr Knecht works as a geography educationist at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University. In the past, he has been involved in research and teaching in the fields of pedagogy, but currently, he focuses more on geography and various ways of recontextualisation of geography in teacher training and in education. He teaches geography part-time at a lower secondary school. He enjoys teaching at both the higher education and secondary school levels. He likes to read and write, think, innovate, and try new things.

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