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students4students Peer-2-Peer-Mentoring (s4s)

The "students4students" project was launched in 2021 at the Department of Social Sciences and Education to offer students in their first and second semesters continuous support. The aim is to provide students with targeted counselling to help them succeed in their studies. From winter semester 2023/24, a three-year support and research project will be carried out with funding from the European Social Fund.

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Research project
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Forming Society

Students4students is a model that sorts out the causes and conditions that lead to students dropping out and which changes could be promising. This involves observing correlations, adapting concepts and making them transferable in order to anchor peer counselling as a sustainable offer in the curriculum.

Students in their 3rd semester, so-called "scouts", are available to students in their 1st year of study as contact persons. The student scouts organise their 1:1 peer support in the 1st and 2nd semesters, which for them is either linked to a seminar on case work/conversation management or is remunerated as a SHK activity.

During the course of their studies, the scouts (students) are qualified and organised for peer support by permanently employed study coaches. As a result, the scouts learn and practise methods for conducting conversations and counselling. In the first semester, students learn and reflect on how counselling is experienced – an essential experience for future counselling professionals.

In addition, this project aims to expand the area of service learning, in which students engage in helping other students and strengthen social cohesion as a scientific community in the department. In addition, special offers for students with corresponding needs (tutorials for non-German native speakers, academic work, etc.) are to be provided.

The project team of study coaches (mentors in accordance with Section 11 (5) of the FHP Framework Regulations) will guide the student scouts, provide individual study progress support if required and integrate scouting into teaching so that the curriculum can be structurally improved through the results of scouting.

The aim is to conduct scientific research into whether the individual reasons for dropping out can be reduced through support measures or structural changes. So far, there has been no analytical link between completion or dropout events and study progress indicators, such as course attendance or the receipt of ECTS credits. This link could provide valuable information about the areas of the degree programme where students experience difficulties, i.e. whether there are specific bottle necks due to the curriculum.


Team Students4students
House 5/Room 216

Social and Educational Sciences Department

Room 105

Project management

Prof. Dr. Frank Früchtel

Prof. Dr. Frank Früchtel

Professor of Theory and Methods of Social Work

Project consulting

Matthias Schreckenbach

Dipl.-Soz.Arb. Dipl.-Soz.päd. Matthias Schreckenbach, M. A.

Academic staff member for theory and practice of social work, family/youth and programme development Social Management (M. A.), curriculum planning

Project team (model phase 2021-23)

Katharina Fischer

Katharina Fischer, B. A.

Coordination of Early Childhood Education (B. A.) / BABEK
Coordination Students4Students, Transfer Lab

Project team (model phase 2021-23)

Kati Schröder

Kati Schröder, B. A.

Education Management Professional Teaching & International Affairs
Social Work Coordination, Focus on Family (M. A.), maps
Coordination Students4Students

Project team (model phase 2021-23)

Dipl.-Kffr. Alena Kohlmann

Dipl.-Kffr. Alena Kohlmann

Coordination Early Childhood Studies (M. A.)
Part-time Social Work Coordination (B. A.), BASA-online
Study Coaching / Coordination Students4Students

Project team (model phase 2021-23)

Project team (research project 2023-26)

until December 2023 Beeke Bartelt
from January 2024 NN, NN, NN

Projektteam (Forschungsprojekt 2023 –2026)

Dr. Dominika Dolzycka

Akademische Mitarbeiterin im Projekt Students for Students

Projektteam (Forschungsprojekt 2023 – 2026)

Thea Santangelo, M. A.

Akademische Mitarbeiterin im Projekt Students for Students

Projektteam (Forschungsprojekt 2023 – 2026)

Henriette Schütz, M. Sc.

Mitarbeiterin im Projekt Students for Students
Mitarbeiterin im Dekanat