Tentative Theses on Transformative Research in Real-World Laboratories: First Insights from the Accompanying Research ForReal

Publikation: Beiträge in ZeitschriftenZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschung


Real-world laboratories are growing in popularity promising a contribution to both: the understanding and facilitation of societal transformation towards sustainability. Baden-Württemberg substantially funds real-world labs as part of the initiative “science for sustainability”. To facilitate learning with and from these so-called BaWü-Labs, they are supported by accompanying research conducted by two teams. This article presents first insights and theses on real-world labs as a research format, based in particular on the work of the accompanying research team ForReal. The team supports the labs in their realization and in providing general insights, e.g. by learning from related international research approaches and dialog with international experts, and analyzes suitable quality features and methods (the latter together with the University of Basel team). The theses presented here put up for discussion first insights on real-world labs as a transformative research approach and reflect on them from a theoretical perspective. They illustrate the relevance of a goal-oriented use of methods and present learning processes as core characteristics of real-world labs. The theses were formulated based on discussions with the BaWü-Labs, exchange in international contexts as well as a thematic literature review.
Seiten (von - bis)45-51
Anzahl der Seiten7
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 15.12.2016

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  • Forschung in Reallaboren begleiten, systematisieren und transferieren (ForReal)

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