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Professor receives book award by an American institution

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Veröffentlicht am Freitag, den 13. April 2012

Educational Sciences Prof. Daniel Tröhler, is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Book Award in Curriculum History, awarded by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Professor Tröhler, a Swiss national, is one of the first European and the first German-speaking person to receive this prestigious book award. He will receive the 2012 AERA Book Award, for his book entitled, Languages of Education: Protestant Legacies, National Identities and Global Aspirations (New York, Routledge, 2011) at the AERA 2012 Annual Meeting on Saturday 14 April, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

In his book, this modern historian, who uses history to understand the present, describes the idea that how we think influences the languages of education. Professor Tröhler analyses religiously-rooted and politically-rooted educational languages and the historical development of the educational theories and systems. “The mass-education of the public started in the 16th century when people were taught to read the bible. It is important to remember that ideological languages evolve over centuries...and in today’s educationalised world, we need to analyse how old ideologies, or beliefs, influence our educational thinking and system”, says Professor Tröhler.

His work has been extremely well received in this field. Thomas S. Popkewitz, who writes the book’s forward, compares Daniel Tröhler to a modern Alexis de Tocqueville, who, in the early 1800s, was an historian who had an influence on modern democracy and mutual transatlantic understanding between Europe and the United States.   

Research focus: History of Luxembourgish school systems

 Professor Tröhler is pleased with the unanimous decision made by the AERA book committee and says that, “being understood and recognized by a large American institution, and being accepted for the work we do here in Luxembourg is very rewarding.”

As Director of the Languages, Culture, Media and Identities Research Unit for socio-cultural research on learning and development, Professor Tröhler conducts interdisciplinary and international research to answer educational questions of late modern societies, which are multicultural and multilingual. His research group is currently focused on the history of the Luxembourgish school systems – schooling as institutional heritage in cultural settings. 

This international recognition, by a large American institution, highlights the University of Luxembourg as an important player in education research related to challenges of modern and late modern societies. The American Educational Research Association is an interdisciplinary research association of nearly 30,000 researchers in education. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to improve and advance knowledge about education and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.