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EDIT – Development of dialogical interaction and participation

EDIT is a cooperative practice research program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and the University of Potsdam (UP). In EDIT, practice development and practice research on the development of dialogical interaction and participation in early childhood education are implemented.

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Research project
Forming Society
Cooperation partners:
  • University of Potsdam (Jan Lonnemann, Tina Marusch)
Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Subproject 1: Shaping Dialogical Participation under Conditions of Heterogeneity

In Subproject 1, linguistic indications of participatory interaction formats are investigated, especially with regard to their effects on the development of children from disadvantaged families or with non-German family languages. In subproject 1, there is a particular focus on (1) linguistic support, (2) dialogical production of children's participation, and (3) integration of children with special needs, especially children with non-German family languages.

Subproject 2: Designing quality development with children

In subproject 2, formats integrated into everyday life are worked out that enable children to participate in the quality development of their daycare center. Children can express themselves and have ideas about pedagogical design in the daycare center, and they have the right to be heard on all matters that affect them. Nevertheless, it rarely happens that they are involved in quality development and can influence what is changed or developed as a quality vision in their day care center. In a participatory process, perspectives can be brought together and a common picture of quality can be developed. Subproject 2 also examines children's agency in the system of day care centers - using the development of a quality manual as an example.

Subproject 3: Developing discursive rationality in dialogue

Equal opportunity and participation of all children are central goals of early childhood education practice. The development of the ability to participate in reasoning practices (exchange of arguments and consideration processes, formation of opinions) significantly influences the participation of children in the day-to-day life of a daycare center. Educators in the daycare center can shape participation by stimulating thought processes and responding to children's questions and thought-provoking impulses.

Subproject 3 investigates how pedagogical interactions can influence the development of discursive rationality in children. In addition to recognizing individuality and enabling experiences of self-efficacy, the recognition of an "inner world" is the basis for the ability to express oneself, to contribute one's own thoughts and feelings, intentions and ideas, and to justify them in joint discussions. This "navigating the space of reasons" (Sellars, 1956; McDowell, 1994) is guided by the norms of theoretical and practical rationality that enable autonomous thinking.


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Project Management

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Project Management

Caroline Wronski

Dr. Caroline Wronski

Academic Assistant in the Degree Programme Early Childhood Studies (M. A.)

Project Management

Project Management

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Lonnemann, University of Potsdam


Other parties involved


  • Dr. Tina Marusch = Research Assistant
  • Nadica Vesova = Research Assistant
  • Merve Cakir = Research Assistant (former)